News Hakuryū Legend Manga's Nuclear Power-Themed Arc Dropped from Mag
posted on 2011-03-17 06:55 EDT
The publisher Nihon Bungeisha has announced on Thursday that, in light of the damage caused by the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin), the Hakuryū Legend yakuza manga has been suspended from the Weekly Manga Goraku magazine. The manga's current Genshiryoku Mafia (Nuclear Power Mafia) story arc will not run in the magazine's 2,256th issue on Friday.
The current storyline by writer Dai Tennōji and artist Michio Watanabe began last month and focuses on the "dark side of the nuclear power industry." In particular, the characters deal with the danger of a "Chernobyl-level nuclear accident" at facilities run by "Tōto Denryoku."
The real-life Tokyo Denryoku (Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO) runs the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station; the workers there are attempting to prevent the reactor fuel rods from melting after the cooling systems were damaged on March 11. Fukushima Daiichi's containment system is designed to prevent a nuclear accident from reaching the proportions of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl plant in the former Soviet Union.
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