The Belgian league match between Lierse S.K. and Beerschot was halted by the referee on Saturday, August 20, 2011 because of the taunting of the keeper over the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima-ken at the Dai-ichi (Big One) nuclear facility.
The game was halted for several minutes, but resumed, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Kawashima, who was born in Yono-shi (Yono City), Saitama-ken (Saitama Prefecture), Japan on March 20, 1983, exited the pitch in tears saying he could forgive many insults, "but not this. Using the the drama of Fukushima in this manner is not funny."
As we all know, a 9.0 Magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011 spawned a massive tsunami along the northeast coast of Japan that has close to 30,000 Japanese people missing or presumed dead. The tsunami also helped knock out power to the Dai-ichi nuclear power facility owned by TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), a privatley-owned plant that caused several of the plant's reactor cores to begin a meltdown before being halted. The resulting turnoil caused explosions at the plant and venting of nuclear material ino the air forcing the evacuation of over 100,000 people in the Fukushima area.
Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife loves soccer (I just came back from practicing while my 5-year-old son had some soccer lessons) and loves the Belgians... just not those idiots making fun of Kawashima and belittling a tragic situation in Fukushima-ken.