He explained that the main causes of the unrest included a growing wealth gap between white and black Americans, and a higher rate of job losses among the black community due to Covid-19.
However, he did not mention the death of George Floyd or police brutality in the United States.
The public broadcaster NHK posted the video on Twitter on Sunday, but has since deleted it after intense criticism on the internet.
Joseph M. Young, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Tokyo, said on Tuesday that the anime was “offensive and indifferent”.
“While we understand NHK’s intention to tackle complex racial issues in the United States, it is unfortunate that this video did not come to mind,” he said. “Learning racial justice and equality is a lifelong endeavor. A great place to start is the Talking About Race exhibition at the National Museum of African History and Culture.”
Naomi Osaka, a Japanese professional tennis player, also responded to NHK’s post with a popular gif from host “Family Feud” Steve Harvey, expressing his surprise.
Other people on Twitter also responded to the NHK’s tweet, calling it a “shame” for spreading “misinformation” about the unrest.
In a statement, the NHK said the move was part of a 26-minute program explaining the US protests, which also discussed Floyd’s death, the handling of the issue by the Donald Trump administration and criticism of it. as well as deep divisions in American society.
“We at NHK would like to sincerely apologize for a computer clip that was posted on our Twitter account,” he said. “We are sorry that we did not pay proper attention to the transfer of the clip and we apologize to those who were affected.”
Police in riot gear stormed a rally in Tokyo on Saturday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.