NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

Japan occupied the Korean peninsula, now home to North and South Korea, from 1910 to 1945, a particularly brutal occupation for which Koreans harbor extreme resentment.

During the live broadcast of Friday's opening ceremony, Joshua Cooper Ramo, a commentator for the USA broadcaster's coverage of the Olympics, said, "Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945".

The Bull City-born Ramo claimed to speak on behalf of all Koreans when citing Japan as providing the example that led to Korea's own modernization.

His incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of its people.

Following that comment, which Koreans found ignorant considering that a very large percentage of them do not see Japanese colonialism in a positive light, NBC Sports apologized for Ramo's remarks.

"Your comments about Korea are absolutely rubbish".

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Tokyo only formally lukewarm-apologised two years ago for the sexual enslavement of thousands of Korean women during World War II.

But Ramo's big misstep came when he noticed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in the crowd and offered what he knew about the country's history with Korea.

This is the second Olympics that Ramo has worked for NBC. I'd have been much more intelligent and accurate while doing the job for half as much.

The apology, plus the fawning, gushy coverage of the attendance of Kim Jong-un's sister, has already made the network's coverage of the games a spectacular failure.

NBC didn't catch the mind-boggling gaffe despite broadcasting the opening ceremonies on tape in the United States - 14 hours after it happened.

Former journalist Joshua Cooper Ramo, working as an analyst for NBC, said on-air during the Pyeongchang Games opening ceremony that all Koreans recognised that Japan had served as an important example in South Korea's own economic transformation. "We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize", NBC anchor Carolyn Manno said.

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