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The president of TV Tokyo apologized Wednesday before the Diet for the bizarre health problems suffered last week by viewers of an animated television program.

Yutaka Ichiki told the Lower House Communications Committee that it was impossible to predict the results of the airing of the popular “Pocket Monsters” show. “We offer the deepest apology to those who fell ill because of our TV program. We never imagined that it would affect viewers in that way,” said Ichiki, who was summoned to the committee to testify as an unsworn witness.

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