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Wednesday, 17th October 2012
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French TV says sorry for Fukushima joke

A French television host has officially apologised for displaying a doctored photograph of Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

The picture, showing the sportsman with four arms, caused controversy when the presenter was praising him for his performance in the Japan versus France match, citing the "Fukushima effect".

Director of France 2, Jean Reveillon apologised to the Japanese people through a statement delivered to the country's embassy in Paris.

He stated that the station regrets using the image and did not mean to cause offence to the people of Japan.

The comment was in reference to the devastation caused in 2011 of the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

"Laurent Ruquier [the tv presenter] did not want to be disrespectful to Japan and the Fukushima victims," said Mr Reveillon.

The Fukushima meltdown was caused by a magnitude nine earthquake followed by tsunami waves across the country's north-east coastline. Over 15,000 people were killed with at least 3,000 people still unaccounted for. Radiation leaks left more than 150,000 people homeless, according to Reuters.

Posted by Graham McPherson