Death Notes Confiscated in Wuhan, China
After the recent incident in Shenyang, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note is finding itself in yet more trouble in China. Late last month, Chinese officials have begun confiscating "Death Notes" around a school near Wuhan. According to the director of Wuhan's Publication Bureau, a copy of the confiscated "Death Note" has already been sent to be processed and checked. As soon as the notebook is declared illegal, the authorities will begin taking further actions against "Death Notes" sold around schools.
It all started in late March, when a parent found a "Death Note" in her son's (currently in elementary school) backpack. The parent was shocked to find names of her son's classmates and teachers inside the notebook, complete with gruesome descriptions of their deaths.
The incident was reported in the news under the title "Death Note Evokes Dark Emotions inside Children." According to the director and supervisor of the Hubei Adolescent Mental Health Education Center: "Death Note contains mysticism, death, revenge and many other emotional factors unfamiliar to children. These emotions attract children's curiosity toward "Death Note." As a result "Death Note" has a very big negative impact on children psychologically."
To make matters worse, officials discovered that many stores around elementary schools near Wuhan were selling "Death Note" alongside other adult manga and games, all of which were deemed unhealthy and were inappropriate to be sold near schools.
Source: Chutian Metropolis Daily