L'affaire des dessins du «Canard enchaîné»
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Posted 9/13/13 , edited 9/13/13
The Japanese Government is, at the moment, trying to lodge complaints to the French Government over some cartoons published by the French Weekly Magazine 'Le Canard Enchaine' on the subject of the nomination of Tokyo to host the 2020 olympics, saying that it is offensive and hurtful to the victims of the Fukushima disater.

Frankly, I can't see how they are any more hurtful or offensive to the victims of the disater than the Japanese Government's wholly inept handling of the situation, while claiming that the affair is 'completely under control'. It is a bit crass, true, implying that the decision to host the Olympics in Japan is only a result of pity-votes, but I don't see how it is any less crass or offensive than having their officials continue to pay respect to War Criminals, having no less of a government official than the Deputy Prime Minister publically saying that the Japanese government should 'learn from the Nazis' with respect to changing its constitution (something he has backtracked on but has yet to apologise for), and having some of the most blatantly racist immigration laws on this planet. And even if one agrees with the Japanese government's position, how is the French government supposed to deal with it? Send in the Milice to break every printing press, type writer, and gaol every writer and cartoonist therein?
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Posted 10/16/13 , edited 10/16/13
From looking at the examples above, these seem to be aimed more at the Japanese Government's response to the accident in Fukushima, than trying to offend victims of the disaster.

I agree with your point about the futility of complaining to the French Government. Freedom of expression is one of the human rights which are included in the French Consitution, so I don't see Hollande & co trying to strong arm "Le Canard Enchaine" into an apology. The paper will continue to be controversial, as it has been in the past, and as it has every right to be.
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Posted 12/10/13 , edited 12/11/13
I am a native French speaker (Canada).

I do not find this offensive. They are caricatures and jokes.

First comic : Marvellous! Thanks to Fukushima, Sumo wrestling has become an olympic sport!

Second comic : 2020 Olympic games in Japan. The olympic pool is already built in Fukushima.
-We might reauthorize wet suits for the swimmers!

I agree with the OP, I think they are "laughing"/criticizing the Japanese government for being inapt to control the situation.
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Posted 11/25/14 , edited 11/25/14
Year-end cleanup. Closing threads with no activity since 2013
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