Taiwan TV apologizes for mimicking Japanese emperor, empress
A Taiwan television station on Wednesday apologized for a programme in which two actors parodied the Japanese emperor and empress visiting earthquake and tsunami victims, DPA reported.
CTI TV issued the apology after some Japanese saw footage of CTI's People's Biggest Party show and complained.
"The producer wanted to show in a humorous way that the Japanese emperor and empress are close to the people, and had no intention to ridicule them," CTI said in a statement.
"As the show has caused misunderstanding and ill feeling among some Japanese friends, we offer our deepest apology."
"CTI has always been a friend of Japanese people and we share their feelings about Japan's earthquakes and tsunami," it added.
CTI's People's Biggest Party is a popular entertainment show in which actors and actresses crack jokes about news events and impersonate local and foreign politicians.
In its show on Thursday, two male actors impersonated Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visiting an evacuation shelter for earthquake and tsunami victims on March 30.