Suspected suicide halts reality TV show

May 28, 2020

Suspected suicide halts reality TV show

Tokyo (Japan), May 28: Officials at a Japanese broadcaster say they will halt the production and airing of further episodes of a reality show, after a cast member died in a suspected suicide.
Fuji Television made the announcement on its website on Wednesday. It says the move will cover the filming, broadcasting and video streaming via its media of the reality show, "Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020."
Cast member Kimura Hana, a 22-year-old professional Japanese wrestler, was found lying on the floor of her home in Tokyo last Saturday. She later died in hospital.
Police are investigating her death as a suicide caused by cyber-bullying.
A series of comments had been posted on social media, criticizing Kimura's appearance in the show as well as her remarks and behavior.
In a statement released on its website, Fuji Television offered its heartfelt condolences. The company says it takes the matter seriously and wants to address it in good faith.
The broadcaster says it decided that continuing the show would be inappropriate, considering the situation surrounding Kimura's death.
"Terrace House," about six strangers living in the same house, has been available worldwide through US streaming service Netflix.
Source: NHK World