Mr. Kobayashi started reading numerous books on nuclear power and visited areas around the Fukushima Daiichi plant. He said it was particularly painful to see the suffering of Iitate, a town northwest of the Fukushima plant that was bathed with large amount of nuclear radiation carried by the wind. “They had never received nuclear subsidies. But the town was killed. There is nothing worse than that,” Mr. Kobayashi said.
Mr. Kobayashi has a track record of maverick views. He started his manga career as a political satirist in the early 1990s. His first big seller in the political arena was a comic book on the class-action lawsuit brought by people infected with AIDS by contaminated blood products. That work was unpopular with progressives.
Although “Senso Ron” endeared Mr. Kobayashi to nationalists, many abandoned him after he spoke out in favor of a female emperor in 2005.
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