BBC Cancels Japan Trip Over Japanese Whining


The BBC is cancelling some of its filming in Japan in response to the complaints of the Japanese embassy about a comedy programme which called a man who survived two atomic bomb blasts “unlucky.”

The comedy programme, hosted by well known UK comedian Stephen Fry, had the temerity to suggest Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a man who survived two atomic bombings only to die of natural causes aged 93, was extremely unlucky.

The circumstances surrounding the broadcast are covered in more depth in the preceding article, and the broadcast can be viewed there or below:

The Japanese Embassy apparently had nothing better than make a fuss about the programme, saying it was “inappropriate and insensitive.”

The BBC offered a less than grovelling apology, but evidently this display of moderate contrition was not deemed strong enough – the BBC also subsequently cancelled parts of a language documentary hosted by Fry and due to be filmed in Japan due to the “strength of feeling.”

It would appear Japan has some influence left after all, if only to secure the cancellation of part of a programme with nothing to do with the original broadcast, hosted by a man most Japanese have never heard of, to be filmed in Japan and promote better understanding of the Japanese language…

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    Avatar of MikuHatsune10728
    Comment by MikuHatsune10728
    00:25 05/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I admit, what he said whasnt actualy funny. As in on QI, the whole part when he was talking about the Nukes wasnt funny but at the same time it wasnt an insult.
    Japanese Government has been acting stuborn and weird recently :/
    Anyone agree?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 05/02/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    That's what makes this documentary disgusting. It isn't suppose to be humorous, it isn't suppose to be a joke. Why they would consider a 'comedian' to make a 'documentary' about a controversial event and effects is shocking enough. Now he wanted to compound it by trying to make the event amusing?

    BBC should have found it in poor taste and ill mannered. Then they compound it by trying to air it in Japan.

    Unlucky and unfortunate. But you cannot make a joke of it. Would anyone say the same thing of Jewish people and the Holocaust? Wait, maybe an Iranian President...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4), someone completely misunderstood the whole thing, lol.

    Unless........ are you Japanese?

    Avatar of MikuHatsune10728
    Comment by MikuHatsune10728
    21:47 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No..i'm not Japanese..I'm British and live in England -_-

    Comment by Anonymous

    Whether you're Japanese, British or whatever, you're a fucking idiot. Maybe next time actually figure out what is going on before posting your excessively lengthly "opinion".

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    Comment by Lamberto
    04:11 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That clip was not from a documentary, and Stephen Fry when doing a documentary does not resort to comedy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i dont see what the problem is there

    Comment by Kudie Pie
    03:51 05/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The problem is that the Japanese government are a bunch of faggots.

    This is probably an attempt at a show of strength after multiple humiliations at the hands of China in recent years.

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    Comment by Ecchi-BANZAII
    06:08 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You'l be surprised how Faggatory USA is then.

    They stand on legs made of pride and borrowed money easy blown away by the lightest breeze of criticism.

    The larger you look in the mirror the smaller you are in real life.


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    Comment by Kuraudo
    07:58 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Wait, are you talking about every country in the world right now or the US, because I'm confused. :)

    Avatar of Ecchi-BANZAII
    Comment by Ecchi-BANZAII
    09:05 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was directed at USA, but then again most countries have tails behind their legs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so talking about the bombs is pretty much japan's only tool to get anything done?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "What's so lucky about the unluckiest man in the world"

    He's saying he is lucky to have survived, but unlucky to be in both bombings.

    Such as it's unlucky to get shot 9 times in a life time, but lucky you survived them all.

    Hell, if I was that man, I'd feel lucky to be alive after both bombings, but be damned if I'd feel lucky about being in them.

    Besides, this is a comedy show which is very entertaining and informative. If it wasn't for this show, Japan, I'd have never known this man even existed.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    05:23 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok in the last article it seemed like it was some serious show that was being tactless but come on Japan you really are getting stupid over a comedian... seriously?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 05/02/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    british tv people are just too stupid, they should ban them from all countries.

    Avatar of Dazed_ghost777
    Comment by Dazed_ghost777
    08:29 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And where are you from that is so high and mighty?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you. You're stupid, you ignorant bastard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 04/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    People are just too sensitive nowadays...
    It just seems to appear we live in the age of butthurt/pussy wimps folks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm still disappointed with the Japanese over-reaction, Fry is one of the nicest men alive on British television compared to the likes of Jeremy Clarkson or Hugh Laurie...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The fuck? Hugh Laurie is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. You know what acting is? You know he isn't really House right? Idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, and you know he was actually running a light sketch comedy show in the early 90s called "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" on BBC, right? But yeah, this was one hell of a overreaction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 07/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    disappointed? more like expected

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:42 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even more than sensitive, the efforts are hilariously misplaced.

    So they worry about some snide, semi-serious remark.. Seriously, if you were attacked by two A-bombs you are equal parts unlucky and lucky at the same time, no?

    I mean they have THAT and they have basically some of the most closed-minded, racially driven immigration and naturalization policy which 'legitimately' places importance on such Nazi regime style ideals of racial purity and basically forcing other Eastern Asian nationals to adopt a Japanese name due to the extreme castigation and bias in even a governmental bureaucracy.

    As much as I love Japan, they really are one of the least competent when it comes to foreign relations. They're too timid on more serious, pressing issues like supporting their allies or working on better ways of dealing with foreign nationals and less on making a whole national stink on.... snarky Brit commentators.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey ass wipe grow some bolls and stop being a pussy

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah man grow some bolls, seriously

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Mexico had far more to complain about with Top Gear's comments. That would be a real complaint.

    This? This is nothing and Japan have shown their shallowness as well as perhaps a lack of a sense of humor.

    Avatar of Thor
    Comment by Thor
    02:52 05/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    All I see are some butthurt japanese with Inferiority complexes overreacting.
    What's supposed to be so offending in the video?
    Sure you can argue wether it's funny or sad that the guy managed to get bombed twice, but he definitely was unlucky, but also very lucky by surviving it.

    I bet most japanese raging over this don't even understand what they are saying and laughing at, they just see the evil white man laughing while there are pictures the bombings in the background.

    Avatar of Raven
    Comment by Raven
    22:34 04/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I don't get it -- Comics are supposed to be off limits. They are one of the last few free uncensored outlets in the world.

    If a politician had made fun of an atom bomb survivor, then that's one thing. But going after a comic is just petty and stupid.

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:42 04/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Indeed, and it's even more stupid because they weren't really even making fun of him.

    The Japanese Embassy should have better things to do than pointless bitching about an inoffensive comedy program that was never even shown in Japan.

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    Comment by alidan
    23:59 04/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    does japan have any real comics? i know they have comedy routines, but they are jokes compared to a real comic.

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    Comment by Sithreis
    04:56 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "but they are jokes compared to a real comic."


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail troll is fail. Go back to fapping off to Dane Cook. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only you mentioned Dane Cook You must be fapping to him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey ass shut up have respect over the man with the jesus photo

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 04/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    First the Ishihara ban now this. Steadily losing respect for the Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh sure, let's just go nuke the goddamn Japs again. ;) That'll show them. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 06/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta nuke something.

    Avatar of Imyou
    Comment by Imyou
    00:16 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Goddammit... Stephen Fry was doing a show on language, and now he might have to skip Japanese? That sucks. He's an awesome language geek.

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    Comment by cats2

    Like anyone cares about the BBC or the UK..

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    Comment by brningpyre
    07:46 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    QI is a great show~

    Comment by Wingsoffusion
    07:10 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I gotta agree to that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Haters gunna hate.

    Comment by Anonymous

    i bet you are from somewhere stupid pussy2

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    Comment by Grim32
    04:08 05/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Why the hell should programs ran in their own country have to apologies what is said on a show which is aimed at that countries audience?

    Shows for years have ripped on other countries in humor, X country does it about Y country. And just because Y country can't stand it it bitches? GTFO & get even.

    Comment by Anonymous

    how about all the innocent people killed by the japs during world war 2 and chinese little girls raped and have stick up there ass how about those people fucking japs i swear if there wull be a war against the japanese fuckers i will cut down all this mother fucking japs i see

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What about all the innocent people killed by every country in every war ever?

    You're a fucking retard, look at the bigger picture please.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    22:19 04/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Jap politicians doesn't have sense of humour. i didn't see problem in what Stephen Fry and others were saying.

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    00:02 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, I don't know if I should put this in, but...

    There are people who still whines about the 9/11 incident too.

    This lets me think, that Japan as the right to whine about their incident as much as America still whines about the rescent 9/11.

    But of course, both incidents have different reasons.
    9/11 was due to terrorists, and Hiroshima was due to a war. The outcome is still family loss, though.

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    Comment by Ryan Saotome
    04:00 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    9/11 is old enough to be made fun of now

    Avatar of Rakshasa
    Comment by Rakshasa
    08:47 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    9/11 was old enough to be made fun of the week after...

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    06:21 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it's true. But I still encounter people who serious bitches about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 04/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ditto, all comments "mild", I mean "he was either the luckiest or the unluckiest man" how undeclaritive can you be?

    Nor was there even the slightest hint of judgementalism about them deserving it or not from any of the panel members.

    What are they on about?

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