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Fuji TV to end reality show 'Terrace House' after cast member's death

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So the losers that bullied this girl, succeeded in getting her to kill herself, in turn getting the show they liked canceled.

Well done morons. Very self-serving.

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Worst possible outcome. Basically handing a win to the badguy.

FujiTV should keep the show on air and actively utilise it in some way to combat the harassment culture, rather than capitulate in a way that can only be seen as virtue-signalling.

Kimura-san's loss is heartbreaking, I don't think abandoning the show is the best way to honour her, although I agree that screening the remaining episodes that have her in them, would be rather painful for many people. It seems that having those episodes and just throwing the footage in the bin is somewhat worse though.

As a Japanese-learner, I find the slow pace and slightly limited vocabulary range of the show to be quite useful and enjoyable.

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Mat

Worst possible outcome. Basically handing a win to the badguy.

FujiTV should keep the show on air and actively utilise it in some way to combat the harassment culture, rather than capitulate in a way that can only be seen as virtue-signalling.

Kimura-san's loss is heartbreaking, I don't think abandoning the show is the best way to honour her, although I agree that screening the remaining episodes that have her in them, would be rather painful for many people. It seems that having those episodes and just throwing the footage in the bin is somewhat worse though.

I don't think they're cancelling the show... just this season.

Mat

As a Japanese-learner, I find the slow pace and slightly limited vocabulary range of the show to be quite useful and enjoyable.

Exactly the same for me!

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Only this season is terminated. It will resume with the new season later. The show has some fan base but it’s not to my taste. I saw a few episodes and liked the beginning but it took a turn for the worse. There was so much aggression from men trying to kiss girls even though they clearly said no! Then some male actors were manhandling female cast members aggressively ( next step would have been rape ) by touching their heads, turning them, pulling them closer etc and the Japanese commentators ( TV panel ) were responding by saying she was asking for him, he looks so cool doing that! This is simply promoting sexual harassment and violence!

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Lets face BULLYING is INTEGRAL to Japanese society & being Japanese!!!

And little to NOTHING is done about it, just a few mostly useless bits after the most recent high profile victim

Shame on Japan for NOT doing enough about this ugly dark underbelly that is PERVASIVE!!!

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So one member's selfish act ruined it for her fellow castmates who are now out of a job.

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There was so much aggression from men trying to kiss girls even though they clearly said no! Then some male actors were manhandling female cast members aggressively ( next step would have been rape ) by touching their heads, turning them, pulling them closer etc and the Japanese commentators ( TV panel ) were responding by saying she was asking for him, he looks so cool doing that! This is simply promoting sexual harassment and violence!

I've not watched it but based on what's written about it, thought it was just beautiful people (models) being beautifully filmed in a beautiful house with some Zen thing of not very much going on. Based on this comment, it sounds like the producers and viewers still want some action like regular reality TV or TV dramas.

If they set up some counselling structure and care practices while this season is cancelled, then that's a good thing. Otherwise they might as well just keep making it.

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So one member's selfish act ruined it for her fellow castmates who are now out of a job.

Some pretty powerful victim blaming you've got going on there.

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My wife and I last night delved into Terrace House last night by reading articles and interviews from past staff and cast members of the show. Among things I read was that the filming crew only shows up 2 hours per night at the house or when cast members go out. The cast members' dialogue is unscripted but the topics are brought up by the crew. Extra money is given to those involved in a spat or kiss.

The show is heavily edited and leaves out many things. So the episode where Hana yells at Kai. It leaves us at that leaving the floodgates open for all the losers to attack Hana until the next episode and after that. For all we know, they made amends after the spat. Terrace House thought they probably had a good scene and had people talking after. They should have realized the consequences.

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I've never seen the show, but yes, I think that the show should continue to show the consequences of bullying and also show how the members deal with the grief of the loss.

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So one member's selfish act ruined it for her fellow castmates who are now out of a job.

You're assuming that they want to continue it after what happened

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Most unfortunate. Show should be docked and shut down. Reality shows are nonsense that came into being just prior to the Writer's Strike, many moons ago. It is teevee on the cheap. The profit margins are higher, as it requires no paid actors or writer's and all that accompanies such. As such they have proliferated ever since and displaced scripted narratives..

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Most unfortunate. Show should be docked and shut down. Reality shows are nonsense that came into being just prior to the Writer's Strike, many moons ago. It is teevee on the cheap. The profit margins are higher, as it requires no paid actors or writer's and all that accompanies such. As such they have proliferated ever since and displaced scripted narratives..

Yeah 100%. I can’t stand reality TV. Can’t remember the first reality show I saw... maybe Big Brother... but never liked any of them (except maybe The Biggest Loser because the contestants are really benefiting from the work they put in).

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Its very very sad but I just don't understand young people's infatuation with socual media or why they would

Think any comment from any social media post is "honest"

Why not discconect from social media when it becomes toxic

Yes I am way too old...and I too have been bullied by nobodies on social media. If you are going to be on social media you better not be a delicate butterfly.

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Mat:

Worst possible outcome. Basically handing a win to the badguy.

Err, no, not really. The morons who bullied the girl were obviously watching the show, so they lose that.

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Among things I read was that the filming crew only shows up 2 hours per night at the house or when cast members go out. The cast members' dialogue is unscripted but the topics are brought up by the crew. ..The show is heavily edited and leaves out many things.

I sure hope so! The poor woman, yes. But she was a pro woman's wrestler in Japan, a "sport" not exactly known for its realism or subtle dramatic turns. She was volunteering to be in a fishbowl for the fame it would bring. It brought that and more. This was a singular incident in a long-running, immendely popular series. Don't blame the show or the formulae for Reality TV--it's popular, provides rare insights into Japanese culture overseas , and understanding of friendship/love relationships for domestic viewers. Would much rather my daughter watch it than The Bachelor, for example... As for the bullies, don't add to the bullying of them.

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The show itself would not work if everyone pretended that all the cast were perfect and only handed out praise. The role of Yamasato-san in the panel is to roast anyone with flaws to generate conflicting commentary.

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@okochat, please look up "empathy" and "sociopath" in a dictionary. Thanks.

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There seems to be a high suicide rate amongst people who have taken part in reality shows. It’s a problem in the UK, despite programme makers having a duty of care towards participants. They are just used to make ‘good’ telly then thrown to the wolves with no support.

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