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Disney Apologizes over Tweet on Nagasaki A-bomb Anniversary

Disney Apologizes over Tweet on Nagasaki A-bomb Anniversary
Doves fly over the Peace Statue during a memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, 10 August 2015 08:58 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Walt Disney Japan apologized Monday after a tweet sent from its corporate Twitter account wished readers "congratulations on a not special day" on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

The company on Monday offered "deep apologies for causing discomfort," saying it would take care to manage the Twitter account more carefully.

In English, the tweet sent Sunday conveyed "A very merry unbirthday to you!" from a song in the Disney film "Alice in Wonderland."

The Japanese translation described the day as "not special," prompting sharp criticism from readers who questioned the timing of the tweet. "Why are you offering congratulations, Disney-san?" said one.

Japan holds solemn ceremonies each year to mourn the more than 74,000 people killed in the bombing of Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II.

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Walt Disney Japan apologized Monday after a tweet sent from its corporate Twitter account wished readers "congratulations on a not special day" on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki.The company on Monday offered "deep apologies for causing...
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