Japanese broadcaster takes down controversial Black Lives Matter anime

NHK is the public broadcaster in Japan.

(CNN)Japan's public broadcaster has taken down an anime video explaining the "Black Lives Matter" movement after receiving criticism that the video was offensive and failed to explain the complex racial issues accurately.

The video, about 80 seconds long, showed a black man talking in rough Japanese about the background of the US protests.
He explained that the underlying causes of the unrest included a growing wealth gap between white and black Americans, and a higher rate of job loss among the black community due to Covid-19.
However, it did not mention the death of George Floyd or police brutality in the US.
Public broadcaster NHK posted the video on Twitter on Sunday but has since deleted it after receiving heavy criticism online.
Joseph M. Young, the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim of the US Embassy in Tokyo, said Tuesday that the anime was "offensive and insensitive."
"While we understand NHK's intent to address complex racial issues in the United States, it's unfortunate that more thought and care didn't go into this video," he said. "Learning about racial justice and equality is a lifelong endeavor. A great place to start is the 'Talking About Race' exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture."
Naomi Osaka, a Japanese professional tennis player, also responded to the NHK post with a popular gif of "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey expressing bewilderment.
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