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Before After canceled due to disputes

捲入裝修糾紛 「全能住宅改造王」停播

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Hosted by entertainer George Tokoro, Japan’s long-running TV program “Before After” was responsible for the renovation of hundreds of old houses during its 14-year run. Originally, the program was going to make changes to its format next year, but then the TV station suddenly announced it was to cancel the show.


Apart from difficulty finding construction companies to participate in the show, the program’s surprise cancelation apparently resulted from a number of disputes over house renovations. The station, unable to pay compensation of 29 million yen (NT$7.9 million), was left with no option but to cancel.


“Before After” was one of the most popular Japanese reality TV shows in Taiwan, and could count President Tsai Ing-wen as one of its fans. Inspired by the show, the Hsinchu City Government launched a similar house remodeling project in September this year, encouraging owners of houses over 20 years old to apply for subsidies.


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