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TOKYO – Japan’s public broadcasting network has made an official apology after allowing a guest on the “Afternoon Live” daily talk show on Wednesday to wear a t-shirt donning the face of a fascist leader.

“We are sorry for airing vision of this despicable tyrant that everyone had no other option but to vote for,” NHK spokesman Kyousuke Shimatsu said at a press conference.

With a population of over 120 million people, the options for leaders with integrity in Japan are obviously few and far between.

The press club journalists largely went soft on Shimatsu after he pulled off a 90-degree bow lasting 8 seconds, and then “totally nailed the landing”, according to press club reporters.

“You just don’t see that kind of bow these days, so we decided to cut the guy some slack,” reported BS News journalist Shigeru Takai.

“And if we do go a bit harsh on him, or anyone else for that matter, we wont be allowed access to the next press conference.”

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