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Death of Japanese Netflix Star Sends Shockwaves

By Sei Ogawa

(Japanese translation below.)

“Terrace House” (“TERRACE HOUSE BOYS GIRLS NEXT DOOR”) is a Japanese reality program series that was broadcast from October 12, 2012 to September 29, 2014, within the “COOL TV” framework of Fuji TV, and later on Netflix and Fuji TV on demand.

Kimura Hana appeared in the latest series of the reality show “Terrace House.’’ She was a famous professional wrestler. She died on May 23rd at the age of 22. When she was alive, she was plagued by online harassment and she was driven mentally into a corner.

She was found lying in her apartment by her mother, Kyoko. She had lost contact with her daughter and rushed to the apartment and found Kimura collapsed in her room. Several other friends besides her mother rushed to the apartment. However, while her mother and friends prayed, she was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Why was she slandered on SNS?

On March 31, 2020, there was a scene in which a male performer mistakenly put an important costume that she was using in professional wrestling on a drying machine, including how she reprimanded him strongly. After the broadcast, there were about 1,000 messages slandering her. Since then, there have been a series of comments on social media to criticize and attack Hana.

These kinds of messages are now considered net bullying and net lynching. Legal measures to prevent them are expected to be taken up in the Diet. As for overseas cases, it is said that the government will consider legal arrangements such as imposing a certain responsibility on the platform providing Social Network Sites services and penalizing those who use defamatory language.

日本のNetflixスターが死亡 衝撃波が押し寄せる

小川 聖

「テラスハウス」は、フジテレビ系列の「COOL TV」枠で2012年10月12日から2014年9月29日まで放送され、その後Netflixとフジテレビでオンディマンド配信された日本のリアリティ番組シリーズである。

木村花はリアリティ番組「テラスハウス」の最新シリーズに出演。彼女は有名なプロレスラーだった。 彼女は5月23日に22歳で亡くなった。 生前、彼女はネット上の嫌がらせに悩まされ、精神的に窮地に追い込まれていた。



2020年3月31日、プロレスで使っていた重要な衣装を男性出演者が乾燥機に誤って投入するシーンがあり、花さんが男性を強い口調で叱責する様子などが取り上げられた。放送後、約1000通ものメッセージが彼女を中傷した。 それ以来、ソーシャルメディアでハナを批判し攻撃する書き込みが相次いでいる。



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