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Saturday 5 September 2015

Stephen Fry cancels Japan trip over threats

Published 04/02/2011

Stephen Fry has dropped plans to film in Japan
Stephen Fry has dropped plans to film in Japan

Stephen Fry's comments on Twitter led him to quit the social networking site twice. Now jokes made on his television show QI have landed him in trouble.

Fry was forced to withdraw from filming the BBC series Planet Word in Japan after “threats” over jokes about a man who survived both 1945 atomic bombings.

The presenter was expected to arrive in Japan this week for filming on the show about the Japanese language. But the trip was cancelled amid threats after he described Tsutomu Yamaguchi as “the unluckiest man in the world”.

The comments led to a complaint from the Japanese embassy in London, accusing QI of making light of the tragedies.

Fry had made it known he wished to clear the air during his visit. In a message on Twitter, he said: “I'm coming to Japan the week after next as it happens, and I'll certainly let my regret known (if they let me in).”

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