TBS character assasination of Governor Ishihara
Part of the comic Kenkanryu described how the Japanese media often distorts issues, and gave an example of TBS (a Japanese TV station) manipulating the voice of Governor Ishihara to make it seem like he said the opposite of what he really said. In the video clip below Ishihara seems to say “I want to 100% justify the annexation of Korea”. TBS then devoted a whole segment to his “problematic remarks”. They even go as far as to look for ethnic Korean groups in Japan to comment on it, including the North Korean front organisation, Chosen Soren.
What he actually said is “I do not want to 100% justify the annexation of Korea”, the opposite of what the TV program had him saying. TBS was sued by Ishihara and made a low key apology, but most people just remember what he supposedly said. The lawsuit was unsuccessful, and TBS claimed it was an “error”.
In fact, there are many such Ishihara quotes out there. Personally, I choose not to give any credence to them unless I see them on video, or hear them in the original Japanese.