NAGASAKI (Kyodo) Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue has said he will ask the BBC to broadcast a documentary film on a deceased hibakusha who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and was described as “the unluckiest man in the world” on a BBC comedy quiz show that aired last month.
Taue said at a news conference Thursday that Nagasaki officials plan to send the English-subtitled documentary on double-hibakusha Tsutomu Yamaguchi, made by Tokyo-based producer Hidetaka Inazuka, 60, to the BBC next week.
Taue said officials will also send a letter expressing the mayor’s hope for the British people to be better informed about the atomic bombings, as well as photo books and posters on the devastation caused.
He said British people lack understanding about the basic facts of the atomic bombings and expressed hope that the BBC will make efforts to educate them.
The BBC and a TV production agency have jointly apologized about the show, “QI,” which aired Dec. 17, following a protest lodged by the Japanese Embassy in London over its description of Yamaguchi.
Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara had also expressed “extreme displeasure” and “strong anger” at the show.
Born in Nagasaki, Yamaguchi survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and the bombing of Nagasaki three days later after returning home. He died last January at age 93.
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