'Terrace House: Tokyo' Cancelled Following Death of Hana Kimura
Japanese parliament is also considering groundbreaking new legislation on cyberbullying
Published May 27, 2020Last week, Terrace House: Tokyo star and popular wrestler Hana Kimura died at the age of 22. As a result, the show has been fully cancelled.
Terrace House was already on hiatus because of COVID-19, but it will now not return at all. In a statement, the show's producers said the following:
We would like to express our regrets for the death of Hana Kimura and offer our sincere condolences to her family. Taking her passing with utmost sincerity, we will take active steps to formulate a response.
While it has not yet been publicly revealed, numerous Japanese newspapers have suggested that Kimura died by suicide. She had been a victim of cyberbullying, receiving hundreds of daily messages and posts after having an argument with the Terrace House cast member Kai on a recent episode.
Kimura's death has also pushed Japan's government to act swiftly on cyberbullying legislation. "It's necessary to properly implement procedures to disclose information on senders in order to curb online abuses and rescue victims," said Japan's Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi.
The government is considering a requirement for social media companies to disclose the phone numbers and identities of abusers if necessary.