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Naked news defies subsidy strip

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.

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Tokyo: 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 totalling 400,000 yen (Dh12,991) to help cover production of the weekly five-minute programme on satellite TV, which features a newsreader who removes her clothes between news items 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 programme," said Shinichiro Fukuyama of Paradise Television.

"We weren't doing it for the subsidy, we just wanted to make something viewers would enjoy."

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