70 percent of libraries limit access to controversial novella

Bob Cox sent over A JapanToday Story that says About 70% of major public libraries possessing award-winning writer Miri Yuu’s debut novella have restricted the public’s access to the work, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday.

In September, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court order to halt the publication of the novella “Ishi Ni Oyogu Sakana” (A Fish Swimming in Stone), which appeared in the September 1994 issue of the monthly magazine Shincho, on grounds of violating the privacy of a Korean resident in Japan on whom the novella was based.