Naomi Osaka: Noodle Company Apologises 🙏 for 'White-Washing' 😱

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The headlines should all have been all about Naomi Osaka's victories on the tennis courts in Melbourne, Australia.

Instead, the Haitian-Japanese sports star has once again found the coverage diverted by a row over a cartoon.

This time, it is Japanese noodle company Nissin which has been accused of "whitewashing" the mixed-race Osaka in a manga drawing.

Many people have been left questioning how exactly this could happen a second time. When an Australian cartoonist depicted Osaka as a blonde-haired, white-skinned woman in September 2018, the controversy took weeks to die down.

The company, which sponsors the Japanese tennis team, apologised as the row escalated, saying it had meant no offence.

"There is no intention of whitewashing," a Nissin spokesperson said. "We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future."

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