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FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) Studio Ghibli Inc. has decided to remove a shop selling merchandise depicting Totoro and other popular characters from a public relations facility promoting the safety of nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture following criticism.

The animation studio led by director Hayao Miyazaki is known for producing animated films centered on concerns about the human impact on the environment including “Tonari no Totoro” (“My Neighbor Totoro”) and “Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa” (“Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”).

Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino apologized in a statement on the company’s Web site dated Wednesday, stating that it was an “unwise move which could cause misunderstandings.”

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