Charlie Hebdo Satirizes Fukushima Radiation Crisis

Charlie Hebdo Satirizes Fukushima Radiation Crisis Paris, March 18 (Jiji Press)–French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published in its latest edition Wednesday a cartoon poking fun at the nuclear disaster in Japan. The cartoon features a pair of footprints of a bird that seems to have grown mammoth due to the effects of radiation, with two men in radiation protection suits saying the footprints are of “the first swallow” of the year against the background of columns of black smoke arising from what appears to be Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. In France, an illustration making fun of the nuclear accident appeared in another weekly in 2013. The Charlie Hebdo cartoon could provoke a backlash from Japan, observers said. The French weekly’s offices in Paris were attacked by terrorists earlier this year, due to its publication of cartoons of Islam prophet Muhammad. Sent from the ether

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