• Disney apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ tweet on Nagasaki anniversary


    TOKYO: US entertainment giant Disney was forced to apologize after one of its Japanese language tweets was criticized for being insensitive as the country commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. The company’s Japanese unit, referencing the animated film “Alice in Wonderland,” took to social media on Sunday with a message to wish followers a “very merry unbirthday.” In Disney’s original film, characters celebrate an “unbirthday” — every day of the year except their own birthday — during a party with Alice. However, the Japanese tweet’s wording translated as “a day of nothing” — and coincided with commemorations for the more than 74,000 people killed when the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. “We deeply apologize for using an inappropriate expression that could annoy people,” Disney tweeted on Sunday.



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