Japan’s biggest slum is visible just blocks from bustling restaurants and shops in Osaka, the country’s second-largest city. But it cannot be found on official maps. Nor did it appear in the recent Osaka Asian Film Festival, after the director of a new movie that is set in the area pulled it, accusing city organisers of censorship.
Osaka officials asked Shingo Ota to remove scenes and slang that identify the slum, on the grounds that it was insensitive to residents. “To me, what they were asking was a cover-up attempt to make this place non-existent,” he said.
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