Norway killer praises Japan as model country

July 26, 2011 10:56

TOKYO - The confessed killer of 76 people in Friday's bomb and gun attacks in Norway described Japan as a model country in a document he distributed on the Internet, praising it for shying away from multiculturalism, Kyodo news agency reported.

In a rambling 1,500-page manifesto posted online shortly before the massacre, Anders Behring Breivik said he was on a self-appointed mission to save Europe from what he saw as the threats of Islam, immigration and multi-culturalism.

Kyodo said in the document, Breivik also commended Japan for not allowing many Muslims to immigrate, although the country has no ban on specific ethnic or religious groups.

Immigration is a sensitive topic in Japan, where many people worry that letting in more foreigners would mean more crime and less social cohesion while experts say that the country's shrinking, aging population make opening up vital.

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