Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Controversy over French Newspaper’s Satire on Japan Hosting Olympics
French Cartoon
Controversy over French Newspaper’s Satire on Japan Hosting Olympics
  • By matthew
  • September 13, 2013, 05:45
Share articles

 

There is controversy over a French weekly newspaper lampooning the nuclear contaminated water leaks in Fukushima after Japan was announced to host the 2020 Olympics. 

A cartoon from the French newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné. The caption reads “Marvelous. Sumo is an Olympic sport thanks to Fukushima.”On September 12, Kyodo News and other Japanese press reported that on September 11, the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné published a cartoon of sumo players with extra arms and legs, with two referees dressed in protection suits sitting behind them, captioned “Marvelous. Sumo is an Olympic sport thanks to Fukushima.”

NHK reported that the Japanese Embassy in Paris is reviewing what measures can be taken in response.

Previously in October last year, a the host of a French national TV station, France 2, showed a photoshopped picture of a Japanese soccer player with four arms while mentioning the “Impacts of Fukushima Plants,” then apologized after receiving complaints from the Japanese Embassy.