June 30, 2015 11:35
Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV apologized Monday for misquoting a Korean schoolgirl as saying during a street interview that she "hated" Japan.
The broadcaster aired a special program hosted by TV celebrity Akira Ikegami, a former NHK reporter, on June 5, a few weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Japan. It featured a live audience and looked at major issues involving the two countries.
Among people interviewed in the streets of Seoul was a high school student subtitled as saying, "I hate Japan because it tormented Korea." But in fact she said Korea "has a rich culture. I think that's why many foreigners visit us."
Another interviewee in his 30s was also misquoted as expressing "hatred" toward Japan, when he merely criticized what he called Japan's lack of remorse for its wartime atrocities.
Following a flood of online criticism, Fuji TV issued a formal apology. "We aired these inaccurate clips because of a mix-up in the editing process as well as our failure to check the final footage sufficiently," the broadcaster said.
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