Malaysian newspaper apologizes over tsunami caricature

Japan Ultraman Tsunami Cartoon

A Malaysian newspaper has publicly apologized after it sparked controversy with a cartoon depicting the popular Japanese superhero Ultraman running away from a massive tsunami.

Malay-language Berita Harian published the apology on its website and social networking accounts on Sunday, insisting it did not mean to be insensitive.

“We apologise for the publication of the cartoon in Berita Minggu. We had no intention of poking fun at the disaster that has befallen the nation of Japan and its people. In fact, we greatly sympathise with their plight and share the sorrow of the Japanese people,” the paper’s editor wrote.

A powerful earthquake hit Japan early Friday, sending a 33-foot tsunami slamming into its Pacific coastline. More than 10,000 are feared dead.