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Controversy over Olympic parody shows no love for political satire

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While the nation was still under a state of emergency but moves to reopen the economy were starting to pick up speed, there was one news item that could not be overlooked.

A clever artwork, meant to satirize the Tokyo Olympics, was muzzled with shocking ease.

A parody of the official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and its checkered patterns, the work showed a circle with the all-too-familiar coronavirus spikes, with COVID-19 printed underneath.

This graced the cover of the April issue of Number 1 Shimbun, published monthly by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) for its members.

The artwork invites various interpretations, including that the 2020 Games fell victim to the COVID pandemic, or that the Olympics were to blame for Japan's failure to take swift........

© The Asahi Shimbun