Public broadcaster NHK apologized on Tuesday for an April Fool’s Day joke it made on its official Twitter feed.
The joke published on Sunday claimed that all TV broadcasters in Japan would be united in a single, state-owned company, and that one of the consequences would be that the news would be presented by a woman wearing a kimono, with an alarming voice tone.
The joke, which NHK said on Tuesday it was inappropriate, was an apparent reference to the news presentation style at North Korean televisions. In the mean time, the tweet has been deleted.
Japanese officials said last week they were ready to shoot down a rocket which North Korea is getting ready to launch, despite the fact that Japan has never been involved in an armed conflict after the Second World War.