As the author of the cartoon published on Tuesday, March 15 in The Nation, I would like to sincerely apologise to all readers of The Nation, especially Japanese readers, if the image caused offence.
Any offence caused was totally unintended as I always try to be careful when I draw about natural catastrophies. I did this particular cartoon in a hurry after The tsunami on Friday and we weren't quite aware of the full extent of the tragedy at that time. The Grim Reaper is not meant to be understood as a humorous character and is often used in editorial cartoons in the West to signify a tragedy involving loss of life. But I quite agree that on this occasion this cartoon was inappropriate and something softer should have been used. Once again I apologise to those who felt hurt by this cartoon and particularly to the Japanese expatriates in Thailand. No insensitivity was ever intended.
Stephff (Stephane Peray)
The Nation editorial cartoonist
The Nation apologises for any offence the above-mentioned cartoon may
have caused. It was not intended to do so and was published erroneously as
a result of a scheduling misunderstanding.