NBC apologizes to Korea for Japan comments

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The analyst, Joshua Cooper Ramo, made the remark during NBC's prime-time telecast of Friday's opening ceremony in pointing out the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While introducing Japan, Ramos said the following, "Every Korean will you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation".

The comments were greeted with anger by some in South Korea, who pointed to the human rights violations committed by Japan during its colonial rule between 1910 and 1945.

Since making the ignorant and controversial comment, thousands took to various social media platforms to express their discomfort and anger.

NBC has apologized for an on-air remark by an Olympics analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to South Korea's transformation.

What do you think of the situation? The co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, Ramo shared in a Peabody and Emmy Award for his work in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Games.

"His incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of [Korea's] people", wrote Jung Min-ho in The Korea Times.

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A petition demanding an apology quickly began circulating online.

The apology, plus the fawning, gushy coverage of the attendance of Kim Jong-un's sister, has already made the network's coverage of the games a spectacular failure. The network apologized formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee and anchor Carolyn Manno read a statement on the NBCSN cable channel early Saturday.

NBC issued an apology a few hours later.

NBC also confirmed that Ramo's assignment to assist with Olympic coverage - which was meant to be temporary - has now been terminated. "We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize".

And the issue of sexual enslavement of Korean women - euphemistically called "comfort women" - is one that continues to color the Japanese-Korean relationship.