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Japan: Director claims censorship of film set in slum

25 March 2014

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.

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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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