He explained that the underlying causes of instability included an increase in the wealth gap between white and black Americans and a high rate of job loss among blacks due to Covid-19.
However, it did not mention the death of George Floyd or police brutality in the United States.
The public broadcaster NHK posted the video on Twitter on Sunday but it was removed after receiving intense criticism online.
Joseph M. Young, an interim in charge of affairs at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, said Tuesday that the anime was “aggressive and sensitive.”
“While we understand the NHK’s intent to address complex racial issues in the United States, it is unfortunate that this video did not receive much thought and care,” he said. “Start a lifelong effort to learn about racial justice and equality
Naomi Osakao, a professional tennis player from Japan, responded to the NHK post with a surprise from Steve Harvey, the host of “Family Feud.”
Other people on Twitter also called the NHK’s tweet “shameful” and responded by spreading “misinformation” about the unrest.
In a statement, the NHK said the animation was part of a two-minute protest program that explained the U.S. protests, including Floyd’s death by the Donald Trump administration, handling the issue and criticizing it, as well as in-depth discussions in American society.
“We sincerely apologize to NHK for a computer animation clip posted on our Twitter account,” it said. “We apologize for the lack of proper consideration to carry the clip, and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
There have been street protests in Tokyo against police brutality as part of worldwide protests following Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Saturday.