A radio host in Hunan province has been fired after he let a man who pretended to be Japanese launch into a tirade against the Chinese on his show. Luo Gang, presenter of the programme Souls' Rendezvous on Hunan People's Radio, was accused of 'unintentionally providing a front for a 'Japanese' to make anti-Chinese remarks', the China News Service reported. Also fired was producer Zheng Yi and two of the station's division heads who supervised the show, the report said. The station was fined 10,000 yuan (HK$9,400) and reprimanded by the government. According to the Guangzhou-based Nanfang Weekly, Liang, a 37-year-old resident of Yuanjiang, Hunan province, made the call because he wanted to be famous and have fun. His comments inflamed members of the public, who gathered and threatened to demonstrate outside a Japanese factory in Changsha to vent their anger. There was no comment from the radio station yesterday. The row began on February 25 when listener Liang Shaonan, pretending to be Japanese, called the show and asked to make a speech on interpersonal relations. After Luo agreed to give him three minutes to speak without interruption, Liang went on to make a string of racist comments about Chinese. A website run by the Hunan government quoted him as saying: 'When I was young, I learned that China was a low-life nation. After arriving here, I found they were even worse; they are the most low-life race. We Japanese think any Chinese without secondary education can only be called Chinese pigs. Only 7 per cent of Chinese have post-secondary education.' Angry listeners soon flooded the police hotline, with 200 callers demanding the government take steps to punish Liang. Liang was arrested two days later and charged with inflicting insults on others. On June 14, he was sentenced to two years of education through labour. But Johnny Lau, a Hong Kong-based political commentator, said: 'I would suggest the radio allow more phone calls from the public to comment, instead of stopping the show.'