|Tokyo blows top over nuke satire
Japan voiced anger over cartoons published in a French newspaper that took aim at the decision to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo despite the 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.
“These kinds of satirical pictures hurt the victims of the disaster,'' Suga said.
“This kind of journalism gives the wrong impression about the waste water problem,'' he said.
The government will officially lodge a protest with the French weekly.—AFP