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Japan protests over French Fukushima cartoon

September 12. 2013 10:42AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Japan protested 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.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that Tokyo planned to formally complain to the weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine via the Japanese Embassy.

Suga said the cartoon insulted those affected by the March 2011 disaster and misrepresented conditions at the plant.

The cartoon published Wednesday shows two sumo wrestlers, each with an extra arm and leg, facing off with the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on the background. The plant's recent leaks of radioactive water into the Pacific have triggered international concerns.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the International Olympic Committee the leaks were "under control."

Associated Press

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