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Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues TV broadcaster

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Look how they portrait Kuro chan. I hope he doesn't end up like this lady.

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So she's on a vendetta, trying to scapegoat anyone for her daughters bad decision.

alleging they produced the TV show in such a way that viewers would dislike her daughter.

Every movie, every TV show has a villain. Even Anpanman has one.

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The tv show starts off with 台本は一切ごあいません which must be a lie given the circumstance. These "real world" tv shows are sending the wrong message to their audience.

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I feel totally sorry for her, and hope she wins her case. Money does not replace a life, yet it can send a message to the heart of Corporations seeking to suck the life out of others.

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@Garthgoyle Are you serious? Do you really think the grieving mother has a vendetta, trying to scape goat her daughter and YOU call it a bad decision!!! Where is your logic between understanding the difference in reality and non reality? Yes this was a Reality TV show but the producers went too far they felt VIEWERS like you would continue to watch the show when they knowing and intentionally show demeaning things. For example you said "Every movie, every TV show has a villain". So is it safe to say that every school, and every office has a bully and a victim and its stage? That is basically what this show actually did to get ratings. Your logic is warp its a mixture of trying to understand the difference between staged reality and real life situations that portrayed wrong message to an audience to get more viewers. I agree with the mom the companies intentionally staged and edited scenes to portray her daughter in a demeaning manner. They were bullies they saw weakness and they took advantage of that weakness to gain more viewers the more viewers the more sponsorship. THey were in a sense bullies!!!

So she's on a vendetta, trying to scapegoat anyone for her daughters bad decision.

alleging they produced the TV show in such a way that viewers would dislike her daughter.

Every movie, every TV show has a villain. Even Anpanman has one.

Kyoko Kimura claims the companies intentionally staged and edited scenes to portray her daughter in a demeaning manner.

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Kyoko Kimura claims the companies intentionally staged and edited scenes to portray her daughter in a demeaning manner.

I am not what her contract was going into the show. I have heard interviews from other cast members that they would pay bonuses to those that kissed or picked fights. I am not sure if this was the route she was taking or if she truly felt irritated by the guy she chewed out for taking advantage of people. You enter showbiz, you have to expect the haters.

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Well done, sue them..

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I never watch reality shows. Cant stand them. I have a real life to live.

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We really don't know much about the behind the scenes of the show since everyone is under NDA. The close ties between talent agencies, production companies and broadcasters makes getting to the truth hard as well. Speaking up is almost certainly career ending.

Her mother, Kyoko Kimura, was also a professional wrestler. She likely has a pretty good idea how what she was being asked to do on TH would effect her overall career and public perception. In particular given the stereotypes and bullying Hana faced being mixed race.

I don't know what the liability is legally, but it does seem like BS that the people with power in the production have been allowed to hide behind the NDAs. Certainly if this was in other countries there would have been in an independent inquest to air all the dirty laundry.

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The tv show starts off with 台本は一切ごあいません which must be a lie given the circumstance. These "real world" tv shows are sending the wrong message to their audience.

This is the problem and why I'd like the mother to win. The online haters were going after "Hana Kimura" a grossly exaggerated character in a tv show played by a woman called Hana Kimura. When the online hate was raging, the producers should have admitted the fight which annoyed viewers and was the main cause of hate against Kimura (actually "Kimura") had been staged. They didn't do this because the $$$$ from folks thinking the show was real was more important than real-life Kimura's welfare.

Kimura was a pro-wrestler and must have been used to the notion of folks hamming up good guy-bad guy roles. Such pantomimes are as old as the hills. The setup at Terrace House was much nastier though because the "good guys" on the show were beautiful people (i.e., actual real life models) and the show was adamant in telling people all the action was real.

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Leo Today  01:58 am JST

I never watch reality shows. Cant stand them. I have a real life to live.

I have to agree. My life is dramatic enough.

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Suing for money doesn’t give closure.

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@rodney

of course it doesn’t bring closure, but monetary damages can hopefully make the company think twice before condoning and creating this toxic situation again

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I have never liked or supported the heavily politicized and rather shamefully opportunistic response to Kimura's death.

First, right after it happened, many people immediately blamed free speech. Big tech responded by implementing even more censorship, along with the already absurdly biased fact checking that was starting to take control. This process effectively helped evolve "cancel culture" into "deplatforming culture".

This year the government passed legislation that makes online insults punishable by up to one year in prison. Cold, rough, Japanese prison. Insults and trolling are still an exercise of free speech, whether you want to admit it or not. Only threats of violence and libel/slander should be responded to with removal/legal action. The Japanese government caved into pressure, and effectively decided that people's feelings are more important than constitutionally established principles. A big factor in Japan's cultural decline.

But all these measures were not enough, apparently. Now the plaintiff has decided to bring a case against the network? Why didn't you just do that from the start, instead of trying to eradicate free speech?

Using someone's death as a pretext to attack people's rights is downright disgusting, and those that pushed this narrative need to be held accountable.

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At some point companies have to be made responsible of the negativity they promote for profit. It will be interesting to see what happens with this lawsuit.

Thanks to changes in the laws it is now also easier for people to get compensation for services promoting toxic behavior in their users. When a site or service based in Japan ends up collecting trolls trying to harass other users it will now have to consider that any barely competent lawyer can use this to get some compensation for the people being attacked.

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Slanderous and reckless people really need to get some.

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