Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has be spewing out apologies to its viewers thanks to a New Year Eve music special in which a troupe of dancers gave people a “topless” shock.
The phone lines at the NKH offices started ringing after the dancers appeared on stage during a performance by singer DJ OZMA in which they were clad in skin-coloured body suits, skimpy bikini-style bottoms and feathered head-dresses.
However, what left viewers shocked was that the body-suits made the troupe look as if they were all topless, prompting about 250 viewers to phone in and complain.
A presenter cleared up the misunderstanding towards the end of the 57th annual Red and White Song Contest, and offered the broadcaster’s apologies for the mistake.
“The dancers were wearing body suits, but we apologise for any misunderstanding,” the AAP quoted the presenter, as saying.
DJ OZMA also had a few words to say after the end of the show, when he admitted that the body-suits “looked a bit too real”.
“I guess it looked a bit too real,” local media quoted him, as saying.
The NKH’s New Year’s Eve show is extremely popular with the Japanese public, and regularly tops viewer ratings.