Japan has reacted angrily to a French television host who showed a composite picture of national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with four arms and made a joke about the "Fukushima effect."
Praising Kawashima's performance in Japan's 1-0 win over France in a soccer friendly last Friday, Laurent Ruquier's wisecrack prompted laughter and applause in the studio, according to the video posted on YouTube.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Tuesday called Ruquier's remark, a reference to last year's nuclear crisis in Fukushima, "inappropriate."
He added that the Japanese Embassy in France had sent a letter of protest to the television station France 2.
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