Japan has hit out over a French newspaper’s cartoon showing deformed sumo wrestlers at Fukushima nuclear plant.
The piece – which appeared in the satirical Le Canard Enchaine – was referring to concerns about leaks of radioactive water at the stricken plant and Tokyo winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics.
It showed two sumo wrestlers, each with an extra leg or arm, facing off with the Fukushima plant in the background. It had an annoucer saying: “Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport.”
Japan says it will lodge a complaint through the French embassy in Tokyo.
“This cartoon hurts the feelings of those who suffered through the Great East Japan Earthquake,” said chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, referring to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima nuclear plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. “It is inappropriate and gives a wrong impression of the Fukushima contaminated water issue. It is extremely regrettable.”