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A famous long-running Japanese comic called “Oishinbo” faced a wave of criticism from the central and local governments for hinting that people in Fukushima are suffering nosebleeds due to radiation from the Fukushima No.1 plant.

“We cannot think of any causal links,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, referring to the comic that depicted the main character as having a nosebleed after visiting the plant.

In the latest episode, a real-life figure, Katsutaka Idogawa, who was the mayor of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture when the crisis began, told the main character that he thinks “many people in Fukushima suffer nosebleeds and are developing strong fatigue because of exposure.”

Citing another expert, the comic also said hundreds of people living near an incineration site in the city of Osaka, which accepted rubble generated by the natural disasters in 2011, have experienced nosebleeds or unpleasant symptoms affecting their eyes, throats and skin.

The Fukushima prefectural government lodged a protest in a statement released, saying that the content could fuel harmful rumors and that it is “extremely deplorable.”

Facing the spreading repercussions, the publisher, Shogakukan said the latest edition of the comic was not intended to conclude that radiation exposure caused nosebleeds, while admitting there are many opinions denying the causal relationship.

Shogakukan plans to run a feature story that will cite opinions of experts, including criticism, in the next issue of the comic magazine to be released next Monday.
<Media Report>
Japan comic rapped for linking nosebleed and radiation exposure (Mainichi Newspaper)

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