• Kyodo


The Hungarian television station TV2 has yanked a show that drew the ire of the local Japanese community, Japanese diplomats said Friday.

The diplomats said TV2 told the embassy in Budapest that the show has been removed from the fall lineup, which kicked off earlier this month.

The program, “Micuko — the world in slanted eyes,” features a Hungarian TV reporter in a black hairpiece and fake teeth who passes herself off as a goggled-eyed Japanese woman to ambush and interview Hungarian celebrities.

The show, launched in March and suspended in May, infuriated the Japanese community in Hungary. The embassy filed a protest with TV2 and the Hungarian Foreign Ministry in late April.

“Micuko” producers told the embassy in May that TV2 had decided to suspend the show for three months and the program would return in September under a new name.

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