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Naked Tokyo TV news stripped of subsidy

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  • Japanese government cuts funds for 5-minute "Naked Sign Language News"
  • Grants stopped after funding guidelines changed to exclude pornography
  • Paradise Television vows to carry on producing show
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TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- An embarrassed Japanese government has cut the subsidy, but a Tokyo TV company said on Friday it would carry on making a striptease news show with sign language for hearing-impaired viewers.

The government made grants totaling 400,000 yen ($3,500) to help cover production of the weekly five-minute program on satellite TV, which features a news reader who removes her clothes between news items that she delivers in sign language.

The funding dried up when the government, under fire for supporting "Naked Sign Language News," changed funding guidelines for programming aimed at the disabled to exclude pornography, local media reported.

"Of course we will continue making the program," said Shinichiro Fukuyama, a spokesman for makers Paradise Television. "We weren't doing it for the subsidy, we just wanted to make something viewers would enjoy."

Most people who had contacted the station about the program were supportive, saying deaf people had the right to enjoy the same programs as other people, he added. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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