Presenter Stephen Fry （ 司会者 ）
Participant Alan Davies
Participant Bill Bailey
Participant Rich Hall
Participant Rob Brydon
Director Ian Lorimer ( 番組担当ディレクター )
Producer Piers Fletcher （ 番組担当 プロデューサー ）
Producer John Lloyd. （ 同 プロデューサー ）
Thanks for contacting us. Below is a response to your concerns from the producer of ‘QI’.
‘Thank you for taking the trouble to write to us about the recent edition of QI which dealt with the remarkable story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, to which I am responding in my capacity as Producer of the programme.
I should say from the outset that we greatly regret it when we cause offence, and that it is never our intention to do so. QI is not a programme which habitually mocks its subject-matter; on the contrary, we try to recognise and celebrate less well-known people, events and ideas. On this occasion we pointed out
the very striking nature of Mr Yamaguchi’s experience by relating, without distortion, a story which had been covered extensively in the Japanese media and about which Mr Yamaguchi himself spoke quite openly. We then went on to sincerely admire the resilience of the Japanese in the circumstances of the time (in the context of how the trains continued to run in the aftermath of the bombing).
It has been suggested to us that we would not have run an item of this kind about the European or American experience of the Second World War. For the record, I would point out that we do in fact run such pieces quite regularly.
However: having said all this, it is apparent to me that I underestimated the potential sensitivity of this issue to Japanese viewers. It isn’t hard to see that they might well regard this topic as altogether unsuitable for inclusion in a light-hearted television programme however sensitively it was handled.I thank you for making us aware of the issue, and for the courteous terms in which you did so; please rest assured that I do recognise your concerns and will certainly take them into account in future.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.
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