• Kyodo


French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo took aim at Tepco’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station in its March 18 issue.

A cartoon on the theme of “spring” depicts two people in protective gear talking about this year’s first swallow, while looking at footprints of a huge bird with a smoke-spewing nuclear power plant in the background, suggesting that a bird had grown to an enormous size due to radiation.

In 2013, another French weekly, Le Canard enchaine, carried cartoons satirizing the Fukushima crisis, drawing a protest from the Japanese government.

The weekly also carried two cartoons about nuclear power plants in France in the same issue.

In January, Islamic extremists attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo and killed 11 people, after the publication ran cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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