PARIS – French weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchaine rejected Japan’s protest over its cartoons mocking the Fukushima nuclear accident in connection with Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
In its Wednesday edition, the French paper said it wasn’t at fault and refused to apologize for running the cartoons.
The paper accused Japanese media of hurting people affected by the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The newspaper said that it has only 51 subscribers in Japan and that Japanese media hurt Japanese people by playing up the cartoons.
The paper said that it has received hundreds of threatening emails in Japanese and English.
One of the cartoons, which appeared in the paper’s Sept. 11 edition, depicted two sumo wrestlers, one with three legs and the other with three arms, fighting in front of the nuclear plant. The cartoon showed a reporter saying sumo has become an Olympic sport thanks to Fukushima.