French Cartoon With Fukushima Multi-Limbed Sumo Wrestlers Has Japanese Mad

Le-Canard-EnchaineOne assumes that the outrage in Japan won’t quite reach the heights of those Danish Mohammed cartoons, but the Japanese are extremely riled up by a French cartoon depicting radiation victim Sumo wrestlers, reports AFP via the Telegraph:

Japan has expressed its anger over cartoons published in a French newspaper that lampooned the decision to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima.

Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine published a cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs competing in front of a crippled nuclear plant, which said the disaster had made it a feasible Olympic sport.

Another cartoon showed two people standing in front of a pool of water while wearing nuclear protection suits and holding a Geiger counter, saying water sport facilities had already been built at Fukushima.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the satirical jabs give the wrong impression about Japan. The government has repeatedly claimed the accident and its waste water problem are under control and should not affect the Olympics.

Japan is traditionally sensitive to opinions about it expressed in foreign media and has been angered that a crisis that brought such human tragedy has become the subject of caricature.

“These kinds of satirical pictures hurt the victims of the disaster,” Suga told a news conference…

[continues at the Telegraph]


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2 Comments on "French Cartoon With Fukushima Multi-Limbed Sumo Wrestlers Has Japanese Mad"

  1. When every new headline about Fukushima is another revelation that the radiation is still spilling into the ocean and in greater concentration than previously acknowledged, one wonders what the government in Tokyo thinks would be “the right impression” to give.

  2. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 12, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    Maybe they should just STFU and fix the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. I’m pretty mad about the irradiated garbage and mutated fish showing up over here on the West Coast of America. We’re also victims of the disaster so pretend I wrote the cartoon and not a Frenchman… now what?

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