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Japan publisher to review comic after row over Fukushima nosebleed claim

Published on May 19, 2014 6:19 PM
 
A man reads the latest edition of Japanese comic "Oishinbo" which shows an interview of former Futaba town Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa on May 12, 2014. The Japanese publisher of a comic that came under fire for linking radiation exposure at Fukushima to nosebleeds acknowledged on Monday, May 19, 2014, it had caused alarm and promised a review after the prime minister stepped into a growing row. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - The Japanese publisher of a comic that came under fire for linking radiation exposure at Fukushima to nosebleeds acknowledged on Monday it had caused alarm and promised a review after the prime minister stepped into a growing row.

The popular "Oishinbo" ("Gourmets") drew criticism in late April when it showed its main character, a newspaper reporter, having a nosebleed after visiting the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant.

In the same edition, another character - the real-life former mayor of a nearby town - says: "There are many people who have the same symptom in Fukushima. I want to say we should not live in Fukushima as it is now."

The manga caused uproar among people living in Fukushima, who already complain of discrimination, as well as pro-nuclear politicians who maintain there is no proven causal relationship between exposure to radiation and nosebleeds. They charged the comic would add fuel to rumours that have scared people away from farm and fishery products from the region, even if they comply with safety standards.

 
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