NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

12:15 a.m.

NBC has apologized for an on-air remark by an Olympics analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to South Korea’s transformation.

The remark was made by analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo during NBC’s coverage of Friday night’s opening ceremony of the Winter Games in South Korea. An online petition demanded an apology, and NBC did so on its NBCSN cable network Saturday and formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizers.

Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. Petitioners said anyone familiar with Japanese treatment of Koreans during that time would be deeply hurt by Ramo’s remark. They also criticized the accuracy of giving Japan credit for South Korea’s resurgence.

NBC said Olympic officials had accepted the apology.

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