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Taiwan hopes Japanese comics can teach prosecutors

Jan 29, 2010

from AFP:

Taiwan has asked its prosecutors to read a Japanese comic book dealing with compassion and tolerance in an effort to improve their work performance, an official said Wednesday.

The justice ministry has distributed 2,000 copies of the Japanese manga "Love" based on the true story of how a bereaved mother reconciled with a family whose sixth-grader son killed her boy.

The touching story was made into a critically acclaimed television series in Japan that was aired on the island last year.

The reading assignment is part of the ministry's efforts to promote "restorative justice" -- which seeks to encourage repair and reconciliation between the victims and the offenders, said Gloria Fei.

"We hope prosecutors will become more compassionate so they can help promote understanding and ease confrontation between the two sides," said Fei, head of the ministry's Department of Rehabilitation and Social Protection.

Japanese pop culture has a strong influence in Taiwan, which was colonised by Japan from 1895 to 1945.

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