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Apologises  for analyst's remark about Japan

Apologises  for analyst's remark about Japan

 Feb 12, 2018

NBC has apologised to South Koreans for an on-air remark by an analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the country's own transformation, the CBS News has reported.

The remark was made by analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo during NBC's coverage of Friday's opening ceremony. He was noting the significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit. "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation," Ramo said.

An online petition quickly circulated demanding an apology, and NBC did on its NBCSN cable network Saturday and formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee. 

Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. Petitioners said anyone familiar with Japanese treatment of Koreans during that time would be deeply hurt by Ramo's remark. They also criticised the accuracy of giving Japan credit for South Korea's resurgence. The petition had more than 10,000 supporters on Sunday.



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