Kishidan Apologizes for Wearing SS Uniforms

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    An important update on yesterday’s story about a Jewish group demanding an apology from MTV Japan and the music group Kishidan over the group’s use of uniforms inspired by Nazi Germany’s SS.

    Sony Music has updated the group’s official website to include an apology statement in both Japanese and English:

    お詫び

     氣志團の衣装に関しては、決して思想的な背景を有するものではありませんが、結果的にサイモン・ウィゼンタールセンター及び関係者に対し、非常にショックを与えたことを深く謝罪するとともに、深く反省いたします。氣志團のメンバーも同様に深い謝罪と深い反省を示しています。

     今回のサイモン・ウィゼンタールセンターの忠告を真摯に受け止め、今後は、指摘のあった氣志團の衣装は一切使用せず、直ちに破棄いたします。

     今回の件で皆様方にご迷惑をおかけしたことを深くお詫び申し上げます。

     株式会社ソニー・ミュージックアーティスツ

     代表取締役 原田公一

     代表取締役 高橋章

    Message of Apology

    In regards to the costume worn by Kishidan on MTV Japan’s program, “Megavector”, although it was not meant to carry any ideological meaning whatsoever, we deeply regret and apologize for the distress it has caused Simon Wiesenthal Center and all concerned.
    Members of Kishidan also deeply regret and apologize in this matter.

    We have taken the words of advice from Simon Wiesenthal Center very seriously. Kishidan will never again use this costume and it will be disposed of immediately.

    We sincerely apologize for the insensitive action.

    I haven’t seen anything yet about MTV Japan apologizing and taking up the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s offer to interview a holocaust survivor, but I did hear on the news that they canceled a rebroadcast of the infamous Kishidan interview.

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