Kishidan's agency apologizes for their Nazi-like attire
The management agency of a popular Japanese pop band on early Wednesday issued an apology for their appearing in a TV program in costume resembling uniforms of wartime Germany’s SS, or the Nazi Party’s armed units, in response to a Jewish human rights group’s protest.
‘‘We deeply regret and apologize for the distress it has caused Simon Wiesenthal Center and all concerned,’’ Sony Music Artists Inc said in a statement, adding that the pop band Kishidan ‘‘will never again use this costume and it will be disposed of immediately.’‘
All six male band members also ‘‘deeply regret and apologize in this matter,’’ the statement said, while noting that ‘‘it was not meant to carry any ideological meaning whatsoever.’‘
‘‘We have taken the words of advice from Simon Wiesenthal Center very seriously…we sincerely apologize for the insensitive action,’’ it said.
On Monday, the Los Angeles-based center, which monitors anti-Semitic and racist activities, asked for an apology from the pop band over its appearance in SS uniform-like costume during an interview aired on MTV Japan on Feb. 23, saying it disrespects Holocaust victims.