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TV coverage of actress Noriko Sakai’s recent drug trial was “overheated” and broadcasters let their viewers down by failing to warn against the dangers of narcotics, according to a television ethics panel.

In light of viewer criticism that the lengthy reports may only have served to arouse interest in drugs among young people, the Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization’s Broadcast Committee for Youth Programming advised broadcasters to correctly report on the dangers of drugs.

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