Japan's fury over French Fukushima ‘joke’


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The Independent Online

Japan has formally protested over a French newspaper cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs fighting in front of the country’s crippled nuclear power plant and linking it to Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the cartoon insulted those affected by the March 2011 disaster and misrepresented conditions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. A foreign ministry official said Japan has submitted an official complaint to weekly paper Le Canard Enchaîné’s chief editor, Louis-Marie Horeau.