Fuji TV announced on Wednesday evening its hit show “Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020” has been canceled following the death of one of its young stars, 22-year-old pro wrestler Hana Kimura.
A message on the official website reads “We would like to express our sincere condolences for the death of Hana Kimura … We take the incident seriously and will continue to respond to it in a sincere manner.”
The show was already on hiatus due to the pandemic but episodes were lined up to air. A large amount of cyberbullying has been cited as possible cause of Kimura’s suicide. Screenshots have been shared calling her a “gorilla” and telling her to “hurry up and disappear.”
Kimura’s death has shocked Japan’s pop culture sphere and ignited outrage from the nation’s entertainment industry, from singers and models to actors and athletes, releasing statement condemning the events.
This even inspired former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to make a statement against online harassment. “If you criticize someone, you should speak up using your real name,” Hatoyama said in a tweet. “I think there should be a serious punishment for such slander.”
“Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020” is Fuji TV’s second-most watched program in Japan following “The Naked Director.”