China has launched a crackdown on scary children’s stories including the popular Japanese “Death Note” comic book series, state media said Saturday.
Authorities are ordered to seize “illegal terrifying publications” from vendors ahead of China’s Children’s Day on June 1, the Xinhua News Agency and China Daily newspaper reported.
Communist authorities regularly launch sweeps to seize publications deemed pornographic or socially harmful. They are especially concerned about the influence of foreign books, movies and other pop culture on Chinese children.
One target in the latest crackdown is “Death Note,” a Japanese series of comic books about a notebook that can kill people whose names are written in it.
The story “misleads innocent children and distorts their mind and spirit,” said Wang Song, an official of the National Anti-piracy and Anti-pornography Working Committee, quoted by the China Daily.
“Death Note” publications have been seized in Shanghai and areas across central and southern China, the newspaper said.