Sony released a PS5 commercial this week to coincide with the console’s release. The company has published an international version and a number of regional ones. Including two Japanese ones. As the audience noticed, part of the scenes with black people was cut out of the last two.
The international trailer is 60 seconds long, with one Japanese video for 30 seconds and the other for 50 seconds. When viewed side-by-side, it is clear that a few short scenes with black people have been removed from the home ads. At the same time, more frames from games were added in the longer version of the games.
Here are the scenes cut from the Japanese PS5 video:
It is difficult to say what exactly is the reason. Company representatives may say that this was done to reduce the timing, or it was just an accident. At the same time, although Japan is progressive in many aspects, there is still racism in the country, although usually people do not expose it, as it happens in the United States or other countries with a significant part of the xenophobic population. A similar situation was with the Star Wars poster in China, where they tried to hide John Boyega.