IHT Snow White cartoon draws protest

Kyodo

The Japanese Consulate General in New York lodged a protest with New York Times Co. on Thursday for publishing a cartoon in which Snow White, carrying a newspaper with the headline “Japan nuclear radiation,” asks an old woman offering an apple if she comes from Japan.

The consulate said that since the cartoon refers to a story in “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” in which Snow White falls into a stupor after biting a poisoned apple, it may stir up what the consulate called unfounded anxieties over the safety of food from Japan.

The cartoon was carried on the editorial page of the Thursday edition of the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by the New York Times.

In the cartoon, Snow White looks skeptically at the apple through a magnifying glass and says to the old woman, who is dressed like a witch: “Wait a minute! Do you come from Japan?”

The cartoon was credited to Luojie of the English-language China Daily.

Deputy Consul General Yasuhisa Kawamura said consumers do not have to worry about the safety of Japanese food items because they cleared adequate radiation checks both in Japan and the U.S.

The newspaper publisher responded that it took the protest seriously, according to the consulate.