Anne Frank's Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries
Published on Feb 21, 2014 4:17 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Scores of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" kept in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, officials said on Friday, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics.
Pages in at least 250 copies of the diary or publications containing biographies on Anne Frank, Nazi persecution of Jews and related materials have been torn, the council of public libraries in the capital said.
More than a dozen books have also been damaged at libraries in two other nearby areas, media reported.
"We have complaints from five of (Tokyo's 23) wards so far but I don't yet know exactly how many libraries are affected," Satomi Murata, the head of the council, told AFP. "We don't know why this happened or who did it."
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