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TV footage of idol group Nogizaka46 on Mt. Fuji postponed after climber's death

In this file photo, members of Nogizaka46 are seen participating at the 60th Japan Record Award ceremony in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Dec. 30, 2018. (Mainichi/Tomohiro Inoue)

TOKYO -- The airing of TV footage showing Japanese female idol group Nogizaka46 on Mount Fuji, originally slated for Sept. 1, will be postponed in the wake of a Russian climber's death on the mountain.

The footage was originally due to be screened during the TV Tokyo program "Nogizaka Kojichu" (Nogizaka Under Construction). But after a Russian woman was fatally struck by a falling rock near the summit on Aug. 26, a decision was made to postpone it, the segment's producer, Aichi Television Broadcasting Co. said.

The station said the segment featured members of Nokgizaka46 climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak, and praying for a new song to become a hit. Shooting of the segment had already been completed. But in the wake of the accident, it was decided to replace the footage with a collection of famous scenes from past prayers for hit songs.

The program is regularly on the air on six TV Tokyo-affiliated stations. Five other stations including those operated by Higashi Nippon Broadcasting Co. and Shizuoka Broadcasting System Co. broadcast it on different days of the week.

(Japanese original by Hiroki Sasamoto, Cultural News Department)

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