Russia Today admits it accidentally broadcast map labelling New Zealand as Japan

Russia Today admits it broadcast a map that accidentally mislabelled New Zealand as Japan.

Its United States-based newsroom broadcast the map on August 15 during a segment on a search for new bases to hold US missiles.

Japan doesn't even feature on the map, and Papua New Guinea is mislabelled as South Korea. The only part of it that is correctly labelled is Australia.

"Our American early morning news team suffered a little geography mishap," a spokesperson told Newshub.

"We... have corrected ours as soon as it was spotted, and have given our team a new map of the southern hemisphere to ensure it doesn't happen again."

The online version of the broadcast includes a corrected map, and a note to referencing the incident.

The image has since gone viral, appearing on web forum Reddit, but many users were confused and thought the image had been faked due to the corrected online clip.

Others pointed out the funny side, as New Zealand is frequently left off world maps - and when we did appear in one, we were labelled as an entirely different country.