Fuji Television said Friday that the production staff of the popular reality show “Terrace House” couldn’t foresee the online bullying of cast members who allegedly committed suicide after being exposed online to messages of hate.
“Terrace House” was severely criticized and scrutinized because a 22-year-old female professional wrestler Hana Kimura (the cast of the current series) apparently committed suicide using toxic gas after being targeted for cyberbullying. The show also aired on Netflix, a US streaming service with English subtitles.
According to an internal research report released on Friday by the television network, Kimura was self-harming after the scene in the episode in late March when she caused her net bullying on her.
After that, the production staff met with Kimura a number of times to encourage them to stop using social media and seek professional care.
Fuji Television denied having directed or forced the cast members to speak or express in a particular way or to form a particular relationship.
Kimura’s mother, Kyoko, said Friday that she was convinced that the TV network could not have foreseen bullying if a similar incident involving the show had previously occurred. She also said she doubted the investigation was fair.
A 43-year-old retired professional wrestler filed a document with the Broadcast Ethics & Program Improvement Agency in July, claiming that the reality show violated his daughter’s human rights and human rights.
“I want them to find the objective truth,” she said.