February 22, 2018

NBC analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo reportedly removed from coverage over remark

12 February 2018, 02:56 | Taylor George

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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". Nobody will tell you we are thankful for Japan occupation and they are not an example'.

Koreans around the world criticized his remarks and a petition soon circulated online.

"Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945".

NBC has apologized for an on-air remark by an Olympics analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to South Korea's transformation.

In a statement read live on NBCSN on February 10, anchor Carolyn Manno said: "During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, 'representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.' We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize". Every Korean did not agree that Japanese colonialism had its upside.

The relationship between South Korea and Japan has greatly deteriorated in recent years due to several disputes.

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Another post said: "Apologize to Koreans!"

Pyeongchang 2018 revealed it had received an official letter from NBC, apologising for making the inappropriate comments.

Ramo's comments were given short shrift by Koreans. A history Ramo should be aware as co-chief executive of Kissinger Associates, an advisory firm founded by former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger.

Ramo, who won an Emmy Award for his commentary during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will reportedly no longer be on assignment for the duration of these Olympics.

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