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Fuji TV says cyberbullying of 'Terrace House' star unforeseen

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Fuji Television says that production staff of the popular reality show "Terrace House" could not have foreseen the cyberbullying of a cast member who apparently killed herself after being subjected to hateful messages online.

"Terrace House" came under heavy criticism and scrutiny after 22-year-old female professional wrestler Hana Kimura, a cast member in the now-canceled series, apparently committed suicide using toxic gas after being targeted by cyberbullies. The show was also aired on U.S. streaming service Netflix with English subtitles.

According to an in-house probe report released Friday by the TV network, Kimura had engaged in self-harm after a scene in a late March episode in which she lost her temper triggered cyberbullying against her.

Production staff then met with Kimura multiple times, recommending she stop using social media and seek professional care, the report said.

Fuji TV denied it had instructed or forced cast members to speak or express themselves in a certain manner, or form certain relationships.

Kimura's mother Kyoko said Friday she is unconvinced the TV network could not have foreseen the cyberbullying when similar cases involving the show had occurred before. She also said she doubted the investigation was impartial.

The 43-year-old retired professional wrestler submitted documents to the Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization in July claiming that the reality show violated her daughter's personal and human rights.

"I want them to find out the objective truth," she said.

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TBS now using the TEPCO Excuse. Don’t let them get away with it. MASSES of data and examples world wide that demonstrates this is a problem with reality TV.

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Fuji TV denied it had instructed or forced cast members to speak or express themselves in a certain manner, or form certain relationships.

Well, I'm sold. No wrong doing here........

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after a scene in a late March episode in which she lost her temper triggered cyberbullying against her

Wait, so SHE engaged in actual verbal and psychological abuse on others on the show............on LIVE tv, and when folks retaliated...she becomes the victim?

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@Wesley yes because retaliation as you call it which is in fact vengeance is even worse.

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They're either lying or naïve.

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Wesley, It's called 'cancel-culture. You don't have to be bad, but you just get cancelled, because of all the SJWs. The minorities own your ass!

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Wait, so SHE engaged in actual verbal and psychological abuse

You must be using the word "actually" the same as they are using the word "reality". Its like when some people say they are "literally" dying.

I believe she was "playing" a role that she was hired to play. I believe Fuji TV bears a lot of responsibility for not being clear to viewers about all that and doing nothing to dispel the stupidity and ignorance of those who got themselves all worked up believing the performances were "real".

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Lol yeah completely unpredictable. There is no way at all a media company would be aware of trends in social media activity going back 10 years.

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All bullying must be stopped.

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Wesley, It's called 'cancel-culture. You don't have to be bad, but you just get cancelled, because of all the SJWs. The minorities own your ass!

I don’t know where to start...

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Wesley, It's called 'cancel-culture. You don't have to be bad, but you just get cancelled, because of all the SJWs.

Or the other-side of the cancel culture coin; the hard-line uncompassionate unbending extremist alt/far right.

The minorities own your ass!

And the alt/far right.

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Cyber bullies or any other bullies should not be able to remain anonymous, name and shame them

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@Strangerland,Or the other-side of the cancel culture coin; the hard-line uncompassionate unbending extremist alt/far right.

Uhh, riiight...

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Famous people are always theatened and bullied on-line, and by regular mail and phone calls.

How is this a surprise to professional entertainment people?

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...because this sort of thing has never happened before in Japan...

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