French Cartoon Angers the Japanese

The Japanese Mad About Cartoon

The Japanese and Muslims now have something in common: they both throw fits of rage over cartoons in obscure European newspapers.

The Japanese are furious after the French satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaine, published a cartoon depicting two emaciated sumo wrestlers with extra limbs at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The caption of the political cartoon reads: “Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport”, a reference to Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Fukushima cartoonA second image features two people in protective clothing conducting radiation tests by the side of a pool, along with the caption: “There is already a pool in Fukushima for the Olympics.”

The Japanese SO MAD that they plan to lodge an official compliant (gasp!) with the French embassy.

The triple meltdown at Fukushima, which is about 227 km north of Tokyo, was deemed a level seven incident on an international scale. For context, only one other incident was ever given this high of a ranking – the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Since the incident, which was triggered by the 2011 tsunami, the plant has continued to be plagued by problems, such as leaks of radioactive water from storage tanks and concerns that contaminated water is seeping into the ground.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the cartoons give the wrong impression about Japan and the nuclear plant meltdown and resulting wastewater issues are under control and will not affect the Olympics.

“It is inappropriate and gives the wrong impression about the issue of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi,” Suga said. “It is extremely regrettable.”

Relax Japan. You’ve already won the Olympic bid despite the whole Fukushima nuclear crisis/ongoing safety concerns. And you’ve got bigger things to worry about. Like developing thyroid cancer from all that radiation…

Via: The Guardian

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