Asian Schools Go Back to the Books

Kobe is the kind of Japanese city where a yellow light still means slow down rather than speed up. The days are calm and ordered in the old-fashioned way, with parents rushing to work in the morning and uniformed kids dawdling on the way to school. It was here that a quiet junior high school boy grew up on comic books and dreams of becoming a superhero. He was a loner, picked on at school by both teachers and students, a trial shared by countless children before him. Nobody thought it alarming; if anything, in the Japanese context, it was considered...

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