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TV Asahi has punished executives involved in producing the popular evening news program “Hodo Station” over surprise on-air comments by an ex-bureaucrat that were critical of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Shinichi Yoshida, president of TV Asahi, told a news conference on Tuesday that three network executives — including the head of the department in charge of the news program — have been reprimanded over the incident, in which Shigeaki Koga said the broadcaster gave in to pressure from the Abe administration to pull him off the show.

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