In keeping with yesterday's news theme, today the broadcast news programs reported how there have been 14 cases of intent to murder or murders within families in just 15 days.
To keep you updated on the latest family murder case, a 43 year-old woman, her 13 year-old daughter and 15 year-old son were found dead following a fire in Aomori prefecture.
Apparently the mother was found with a doll stuffed in her cut-open stomach.
The 18 year-old son and suspect was allegedly researching for a novel by collecting knives and manga books.
The mother had been to the police after being violentally abused by her son, claiming that he was mentally unstable and would need help.
Dozens of manga books were found in the suspects room, some depicting scenes of bloody murder.
The manga culture of Japan has been in question many times, especially in the foreign media. Most notably of late, the Virginia tech massacre brought asian influence to light with reports that the murderer had an interest in manga books and gory asian films.
Is it fair to lay partial blame on manga books for murder? Or is it a case of art imitating life?
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