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Murakami's latest book given 'indecent' rating in Hong Kong

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The book tells the story of a 36-year-old portrait painter who lives on a mountain after his wife seeks a divorce, and depicts strange incidents happening around him.

I wonder if this is because he spends his day listening to jazz records?

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HK doesn't produce cat iii movies these days like in the 80s/90s. Anyway, Still yet to see his short adaptation 'Burning', no eng sub yet, His 'Hear the Wind Sing' was alright but gives us household lesson how to dry your wet clothes.

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During a massive occupation protest in 2014, Murakami sent a message of encouragement to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, who staged a 79-day demonstration against what was said to be an undemocratic election reform plan China had drafted for Hong Kong.

There's the reason why.

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People's Republic of China heavy-handedly dealing with those who supported the HK demos. To think they would go back on their word to allow HK a high level of autonomy. Shocking!

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couldn't pay for better publicity. will definitely read it now

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During a massive occupation protest in 2014, Murakami sent a message of encouragement to Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, who staged a 79-day demonstration against what was said to be an undemocratic election reform plan China had drafted for Hong Kong.

This will help book sales, thanks Communist China?!? But they'll need this blurb on a jacket cover instead to explain why there's nothing indecent in the book further annoying Communist China. Excellent!

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These are the people that Japan needs!

Open the doors to Hong Kongers wanting to escape the increasingly authoritarian Chinese regime......

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Murakami-san is a hero for democracy and freedom. No wonder the Communists banned his books. When he win Nobel soon, Communists will censor the news.

I cannot wait to read his latest book!

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HK is a good example of capitalism to that communist country China is. Time will tell who is right, no exception of any policy China isn't accepting freedom concepts, they think it will be chaotic results. I think they (communist China) will be more chaotic and more collapsed if there's no public equilibrium or balanced tendencies. Indecent matter is only one part of every person life, not national issue to classify novels of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to Chinese life influence. it's just another political affair that should be disclosed in communist China, the elite class people life is.

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I don't know about "indecent" but a "boring" sticker would be nearer the mark. He's been rewriting the same book for many years now.

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This is pure hypocrisy with respect to commentators that are passionately passing judgement about democracy and what not....Japan would be much more harsh if some foreigner interferes in their affairs (right or wrong). We all know how US is making a big deal about some stupid ads (unproven) on FB/Twitter that no one cares to influence the legitimate victory of Trump. No one likes some one else to iterfere in their affairs (family to friends to countries). I am not a fan of China or detest most of what communism offers but do not try to ride your sky high moral horse, it really looks stupid. I have hard time now a days to seperate communism and socialism and capitalism. While US or Japan are more free compared to other countries, you will only know the full power of system and its unfairness/helplessness/hopelessness towards the little man when you have an unfortunate chance of running into trouble with the system. Also being taxed to death so they can support lazy ass segments of society like in US or Europe is also not capitalist character. Captitalism is supposed to generate motivation through the light handedness of government involvement.

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Also being taxed to death so they can support lazy ass segments of society like in US or Europe is also not capitalist character. Captitalism is supposed to generate motivation through the light handedness of government involvement.

In Europe, at least on the continental part as I can't speak for the Rainy Island, the vast majority of tax payers, also the affluent one's, are in consent with paying social contributions for the social safety as it not only gives basic security to all but also social rest.

We've citizens in the EU living under harsh circumstances and new countries with certain minorities who came ages ago from the Indian peninsula to Europe and nowdays better known as Roma, Sinti or Gypsies, are urged by the EU to treat them like human beings and not like the 'untouchables' of the mentioned peninsula today.

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The book tells the story of a 36-year-old portrait painter who lives on a mountain after his wife seeks a divorce, and depicts strange incidents happening around him.

I wonder if this is because he spends his day listening to jazz records?

I wonder what the DSM-5 says about such a 'conclusion' :)

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This is easily one of Murakami's low points (having read the book).

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The latest work by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami had been banned from Hong Kong's annual book fair after it was deemed "indecent" material by the Obscene Articles Tribunal, local media report.

I don’t get the “had been.” Article doesn’t explain.

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don’t get the “had been.” Article doesn’t explain.

The book had been banned from the Fair as it temporarily has been classified as Class II etc., obvious a measurement by the authorities 'to punish' the writer for his solidarity with pro-democracy demonstrators in the past.

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