During a popular year-end comedy show on national broadcaster Nippon Television, Masatoshi Hamada of the famous Japanese comic duo Downtown appeared in a brief segment in blackface wearing the same clothes as Eddie Murphy's character in the film Beverly Hills Cop. The segment aired during a special version of the long-running comedy show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!

This is not the first time blackface has appeared on Japanese television. For example, in 2015, the doo-wop group Rats & Star, who always perform in blackface, posted a picture of themselves preparing for an upcoming television appearance, and posing with idol group Momoiro Clover Z, almost everyone in blackface and wearing minstrel-style clothes. The picture went viral and the backlash was swift, causing the TV network to withdraw the segment. Although less direct but also questionable is the case of singer Shigeru Matsuzaki who has made a name for himself by having an incredibly dark tan and has lent his likeness to various brands such as Calbee potato chips, where his face is invariably darkened in a type of "digital blackface."

The reaction online to the comedy show segment was mixed.

On the critical end of the spectrum, writer Baye McNeil tweeted the following:

By - grape Japan editorial staff.