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Japan’s embassy in France has lodged a formal protest with the broadcasters of a satirical TV show which dared to mock Japan’s radiation belching broken reactors, prompting the French to tell them to get lost and mind their own business.

The programme in question is Canal+’s “Les Guignols de l’info,” a highly irreverent puppet-based satirical current affairs comedy show popular in France.

The offending section shows Japan’s rising sun flag reworked rather fittingly to reflect Japan’s recent experiments with building low-lying seaside nuclear power plants in a major earthquake zone, and also cheekily compares tsunami ravaged Sendai with A-bomb wrecked Hiroshima.

In other episodes the show has variously suggested tsunami make for really good surfing, that the most important consequence of the quake is moving France several cm closer to horrible Islamic countries, and that Mr Burns was in charge of the exploding plant…

Japan’s foreign service is livid, and after haranguing both the BBC and later the International Herald Tribune into apologising for humour it finds inappropriate it decided to try its luck against the French station in a written letter of protest.

Japan’s major objection:

“The content of the programme is exceedingly hurtful to the victims of this tragedy.”

Sadly, it seems such an assertive attitude was not available for deployment in any of Japan’s recent spats with China.

The TV station is having not about to be censored in their own country by a bunch of spineless Japanese diplomats more concerned with harassing foreign media than explaining why their government is presiding over the second worst nuclear power disaster in history:

“Guignols is a programme which satirises a wide variety of subjects. It is not intended to harm anyone. There is such a thing as freedom of expression.”

They declined to offer any apology.

The embassy meanwhile promises to keep watching for any more coverage it dislikes, and to complain about that too.

The 2ch reaction is notably muted and more than a little self-abasing, particularly compared to the similar fracas over the UK’s airing of a programme daring to make light of Japan’s last major dalliance with the power of the atom:

“Japanese are idiots so it can’t be helped.”

“Are they in any position to protest this?”

“It’s only France.”

“They’re busy trying to export their own reactors so they must feel the need to differentiate themselves from Japan now…”

“Keep it up!”

“They’re so pro-Japanese there, is there really the need for this kind of protest?”

“As expected of those anti-Japanese French!”

“The Korea of Europe.”

“The China of Europe.”

“As expected of a Jew nation!”

“We’ll be sinking to Korea’s level soon enough the way we are going.”

“What’s the big deal? Before protesting something like this, why not top it leaking radiation first? We’re still causing the world a colossal nuisance, they should be showing more self-awareness.”

“This really cannot be helped at a time like this. In fact, I hope they do it more – our moronic government needs a slap in the face from the outside world to wake it up.”

“It really can’t be helped that we’re being mocked like this.”

“French TV really is 2ch level isn’t it?”

“Considering the irresponsible actions of our government after the quake, don’t you just want to mock them as well?”

“Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima…”

“This is all the result of inadequate safety procedures so it can’t really be helped for it to be mocked so.”

“Why do foreigners love making fun of disasters in other countries?”

“I don’t like it. Did they do this when Chernobyl struck the USSR?”

“If Japan picks fights with people over little jokes like this it’s no wonder we are disliked the world over.”

“The quake and tsunami may have been natural, but the reactor disaster was an artificial calamity, it can’t be helped for it to be mocked.”

“It’s because they have Korean immigrants in France.”

“It’s because of the Chinese immigrants in France.”

“Try watching some of Japan’s variety shows. Nobody complains about them but they start complaining about foreign shows? Ridiculous.”

“If there’s an accident in France, will they be showing the radiation symbol in the colours of the tricolore?”

“Foreigners are like that. They’ll just come out and say ‘it’s better than Chernobyl at least.’ Or on YouTube they make fun of tsunami videos saying ‘even the houses can move by themselves, what a high tech country!’ Well I don’t care, it just shows what idiots they are. Like people from Osaka.”

“What about Korea – their government actually came out and called the Japanese government ‘incompetent’ without a trace of irony. Well, it’s true so there’s no denying it…”

“This is satire not news, the only thing anyone should be taking issue with is the quality of that satire.”

“Well, for a slave race who have never so much as once rebelled to be mocked by the French can’t be helped.”

“Look, it can’t be helped. All the other countries are watching us and thinking ‘what the fuck are they doing over there?’”

“Everyone here is so soft on the whites!”

“It’s a satirical programme… why are they even protesting it?”

“Doesn’t that stupid nuked country have something more important to be doing before protesting this sort of thing?”

“Japan is strong indeed! They keep losing and even as things continue to deteriorate they fixate on something like this like some crazy cult. Blind patriotism is just as damaging as treason.”

“Calm down everyone, have a sup of our lovely radioactive caesium laced tea – it’s well within our newly raised safety limits.”


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    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    04:58 01/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Japan should fire whichever diplomats are wasting time with pointless complaints and use their salary for something actually productive, like earthquake reparations.

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    Comment by Keima88
    08:24 01/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I doubt it. They wont even that fire incompetent Ishithara. And with *fire* I meant firing him away with a catapult.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if they did that it would cause more harm than profit. Sad but true fact: Out of all the politicians the Japanese could have elected for Tokyo government, Ishihara is most probably the least evil compared to the other choices. But hey, he's already damn old, and a little bit of radiation might accelerate his inevitable demise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If it weren't impossible, Japan ought to fire every single one of its politicians...

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    Comment by Knets
    13:07 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think many countries need to do that. Why do these political figures, great or small, just sit on their arses and make money all day for doing everything that just disappoints the citizens?

    Well whatever. That's life. I'd anyone in politics aught to get a pay cut. The amount of money that could then be invested in other services is no joke.

    Oh well whatever.

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    Comment by alidan
    21:21 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    politics are hard to deal with. you are applying for a job where you will be hated reguardless.

    the sad fact is, taxes need to be higher and we need to cut spending, and look into alternative cheaper solutions to everything. but no politition got praised for raiseing taxes and cuttinf corners, they get fired.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 03/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I think everywhere politicians' salaries should be Waaaaaaaaayyyyyy less. That way they would be doing it for their country. To not own 11houses each with a swimming pool across the country.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    05:22 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    TEPCO would very much like that.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:26 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the political point regarding Koreans, they're very right. lol

    The nation that looked most like responsible adults in this whole situation politics wise were the Koreans who were whistle blowing about the inadequacies about the government a week into the disaster. Really shameful that the Japanese are either too weak-spined or they are too indoctrinated into believing in the higher ups to properly protest the way the government handled this.

    Oh well. Maybe they're just scared of the excessive Yakuza ties in the government.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    11:25 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you don't like something on TV, don't watch it, very simple solution...

    I understand that what they said may be coming a bit too soon but it is taking place in a foreign country & on a TV show that does this often so I say if it is so hurtful to you then why pay it any attention?...

    I just can't understand the way this stuff works, it is always changing on a person...

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    18:54 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmp! If they have enough budget/time to protest such a trivial thing they should just help on the tsunami/earthquake relief efforts

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 10/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's not even speaking proper french...

    Comment by Anonymous

    japanese stupide ne peut pas tenir à l'écart des gens d'affaires de

    Comment by Anonymous

    ouais mais ils sont encore le droit des gens et beaucoup d'entre eux est mort

    Comment by Anonymous

    speak english jesus

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    Comment by Ethan
    12:56 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I agree that what France said is no big deal, but your logic makes no sense. You have to pay attention to something to know it's hurtful in the first place. So the whole "don't watch if you don't like" is pretty stupid if you've never seen it before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it's not what "france say" you moron, it's what a stupid show said.

    I feel like i'm talking to a preschool child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we are speaking to a country size school kids aka japan , well a crazy, perverted, fucked up school kids

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aw, Anon 17:01 got his widdle feelings hurt.

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    Comment by Gitami
    04:48 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember wiki leaks? One of the thing that perked up in Canadian media is how the US government watches our Canadian tv shows for anti-american sentiments like Little Mosque on the Prairie or the Border.

    I suppose you can justify the Japanese government position as satires could affect tourism. Though with the nuke still at wild, I doubt tourism could get any worse.

    Japan should have imitated these tv stations when Rapelay hit the news.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    touché! bravo!

    Comment by Anonymous

    agreed and why should they say sorry when the japanese didn't say sorry about the horrible things they did to the chinese and koreans back at world war 2. someone please tell me why are the japs such assholes

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    chinese and koreans have no title to ask for apology

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 03/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese have no title to cry about A-Bombs to their country...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why should the japs apologize ? It was wartime, if you are not satisfied, then come and colonize Japan then do the same things to Japan country :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 03/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ENGLISH! DO YOU SPEAK IT???

    Anyways, it's not the same country it was around WWII so no one should judge it as so. Sadly it is the same for America. Japan was worse and America was better. Now people in America are living off the pride they had to blind themselves of the recent troubles. Japan however has flourished. So I blame Japan for causing useless deaths but not the Japanese.

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    Comment by janus000
    23:35 03/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Anyways, it's not the same country it was around WWII so no one should judge it as so."

    I laughed hard. You're right, BUT, and France? it's an argument only available for Japan here i guess. France is the only country which is jugded with WW2 alone.

    -"There have been 53 major wars in Europe
    France had been a belligerent in 49 of them; UK 43.
    In 185 battles that France had fought over the past 800 years, their armies had won 132 times, lost 43 times and drawn only 10.
    Giving the French military the best record of any country in Europe".
    BBC History-

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “Try watching some of Japan’s variety shows. Nobody complains about them but they start complaining about foreign shows? Ridiculous.”

    THIS FFS. Japan has the most insulting media in the world. The way they portray people from other countries and races is disgusting. And then they bitch over a short satirical clip? SHUT UP ALREADY.

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    Comment by Knets
    13:15 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    So true.
    But anyway, satire by definition is to ridicule. I don't think that many Japanese people know that French people make fun of every nation and culture for their jokes... and usually they are making fun of their own nation.

    I hope the Japanese embassador at least understood the spoken contents of the show... there really isn't ANYTHINK offensive in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 03/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess it's egocentric to only see yourself getting made fun of when everyone gets it. And it wasn’t that offensive really. You are right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “I don’t like it. Did they do this when Chernobyl struck the USSR?”

    Well, yes, we did... and we still do

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah and you can add germany to that as well XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dem craz-eh Nazis XD

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    Comment by tingle
    05:02 01/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    *awaiting jokes about french people*
    You guys have great literature but otherwise france is almost as funny as the US. Don't get mad Japan, get EVEN! satirize france. There is SO much material to work with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    James D. French (Murderer and death by electric chair)
    His last words :

    "How's this for a headline? 'French Fries'"

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    16:28 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure they can sneak come up with something. Like adding a side character named "Pierre" in a Keroro Gunso special.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    10:56 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhmm like the French think that Jerry Lewis is supposed to be funny?

    or will there be an anime parody of this show but with the French portrayed just like how Canadians are portrayed in South Park?

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    18:56 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Almost anything made by Japan has an already 65% percent of being epic so I'd doubt even the French would hate that parody/satire

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 02/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah, all that stuff they steal and repackage is so epic.

    Also, Sony has been really epic lately. And Toyota. And all their shitty movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    haw haw haw!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why did the French princess look for a frog prince....to get some high class frog legs.

    Comment by Anonymous

    SOOOOOOOO much material >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's just France.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Best thing is, the french guys where the ones that said "Chernobyl? No Problem. There is no nuclear rain or anything. The food is perfectly ok we don't need to test it."
    Well they where proven wrong, thats why their women now have beards and stuff..

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    Comment by JB
    04:14 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I honestly can't remember the last time France had any world appeal or interest, so yeah... I agree, it's just France :/

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just come a few days visiting our country and you'll see.
    Just ask yourself a question; why France has the highest number of tourist each year in the world

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:24 01/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    To taste real French Fries?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually, the true origin of it is more around Belgium..

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "To taste real French Fries?"

    You made me smile thank you.

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    Comment by makkun
    04:59 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What? Fashion? Never really a fashion conscious person myself, so, nope! Not gonna go there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    HAHAHA French person getting indignant about France being made fun of for being useless. If the French economy collapsed today, what would we lose? Some regional cheeses, laguole knives, and that's about it.
    Like the above person said, France takes its freedom of speech seriously, so guess what, you're free to complain about people making fun of you, but that doesn't mean anyone has to give a shit.
    Also happy Cinco de Mayo!

    (For those unaware of history, Cinco de Mayo celebrates when Mexico beat the French army. Fucking Mexico is more important on a global scale than France)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "McDonald's revenue is many times greater than France/Belgium GDP."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal) @_@ (it was a joke i know)

    You're still talking about the 5th GDP in the world you know, more than UK, and even mention S.Korea...

    04:43 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got a craving for French fries now.....crap it's breakfast menu at MacD's i guess i'll get some breakfast.

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    Comment by Megidola
    04:50 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    French fries, insignificant? McDonald's revenue is many times greater than France/Belgium GDP.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's funny to see how much french fries are an insignificant thing, yet how much people talk about it.

    It's not the best thing Belgium have ever done you know.

    Comment by Anonymous

    French fries are not french, stupid

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm french and that vid sum it up for me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPdnBtqcNzM

    I agree its Just the USA :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Dear god, I couldn't get through the first ten seconds. French sounds horrible enough, but French accents are the most annoying thing to listen to. Sounds like they are trying to take a shit through their mouths.

    Comment by Anonymous

    i dont give a shit about your opinion

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    yes you do, thats why you responded

    Comment by Anonymous

    No appeal/interest but one one of the most visited country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 01/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Sooo? You think you re important? who the fuck are you? Ahh ok sorry you re from USA the most interesting country in the world, the center of universe

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    well... yea. were kinda a big deal here. have you kept up with history over the past two hundred years or so?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You made me laugh so much Anon 05:05 THANK YOU.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ahahahahahahahah
    USA has no history whatsoever. North and South fought once upon a time. BIG DEAL. YES.

    Comment by Anonymous

    it s just your lame opinion











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