22 Jan '11, 10pm

BBC apologises to Japanese over atomic bomb jokes

BBC apologises to Japanese over atomic bomb jokes

LONDON: The BBC on Sunday apologised to Japanese viewers over jokes about a man who survived both atomic bombs dropped on the country in World War II, following complaints from the embassy in London. In the comedy television quiz show "QI", screened in Britain last month, panellists joked about the experience of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The British Broadcasting Corporation said it would be writing back to the Japanese embassy shortly. Presenter Stephen Fry called Yamaguchi, who died last year aged 93, "the unluckiest man in the world". He was on a business trip in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 when the first bomb struck, leaving him with serious burns. The following day he returned by train to his home city of Nagasaki, which was bombed three days later. He was the only man recognised by the Japanese government to have survived ...

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