Shogakukan Inc. will suspend publication of the gourmet manga series "Oishinbo" after recent episodes provoked controversy over the health effects of radiation from the March 2011 nuclear accident, it was learned Saturday.
Oishinbo will not appear in the publisher's weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine for some time from the issue to be released on May 26, informed sources said. Shogakukan will announce the decision in the issue to be published Monday.
The manga series caused controversy due to a recent episode in which the lead character suffers nosebleeds after visiting the Fukushima nuclear plant-suggesting the nosebleed was an effect of exposure to radiation-and by another in which a character modeled after a real-life former Futaba mayor warns, "People currently must not live in Fukushima."
In addition, a separate character calls attention to the health effects of radiation-contaminated debris on residents in Osaka.
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)