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     Jun 25, '14

Manga provokes bloody Fukushima spat
By Eiichiro Ochiai

"Oishinbo" is the title of a series of manga (comics), meaning "Gourmet Craze", created and written by Kariya Tetsu. It has been continuously published since 1983 in a comic magazine "Big Comic Spirits" published by Shogakukan (Tokyo), and enjoyed great popularity in Japan. The series, mainly centered on gourmet food, has been re-published in more than 100 books, and in the past caused controversies regarding its criticisms of food and food regulations.

An episode titled "The Truth about Fukushima (series 604)", with

episode 22/23 published on May 12, 2014. It depicted a conversation about "Nose Bleeding" among the hero (the writer himself), a scientist and the former mayor of Futaba-machi a town adjacent to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, which had severe accidents on the occasion of the Great East Japan Disaster when a powerful earthquake (magnitude 9) combined with the huge Tsunami on March 11 of 2011 (the 3.11 incident). A portion of a key scene of the comic is shown below. The controversy, centered on the issue of the main character suffering nose bleed after a visit to the plant, and another character modeled on the former Futaba Mayor, warning people against living in the prefecture. After the Fukushima prefectural government issued a protest against the manga for inflaming fears about the safety of the prefecture's fish, the publisher announced that the popular series would be terminated following a final issue on "The Truth about Fukushima" on May 19.

This episode in the comic, centered on nose bleeding in the wake of 3.11, provoked an unusual controversy immediately upon publication, and all printed copies of the comic were rumored to have sold out quickly. Essentially there are two views. More ...

(Republished with permission from Japan Focus)

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