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Embattled NHK governor: 'I did not violate Broadcast Law'
Naoki Hyakuta (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A controversial member of the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) board of governors said he did not violate the Broadcast Law when he criticized comments made by an NHK newscaster...
NHK governor's remarks on prewar Koreans in news show may violate...
Naoki Hyakuta (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A conservative Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor complained about comments made on prewar Korean immigrants to Japan in a news program, possibly violating the Broadcast...
EDITORIAL: Politicians must choose words carefully to protect...
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is asked about his earlier comment equating protest rallies and demonstrations with acts of terrorism at a news conference in December 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In his book of essays titled “Fu fu fu fu” (Ha ha ha ha), novelist and playwright Hisashi Inoue (1934-2010) wrote something to this effect:
EDITORIAL: Momii’s behavior undermining NHK’s credibility
NHK President Katsuto Momii (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As a public and nonprofit entity, Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) should operate solely for the well-being of the public and outside the realm of government control. That is why ...
NHK, Okinawa newspaper employees standing up to political pressure
NHK President Katsuto Momii answers questions at a regular news conference in Tokyo on Feb. 13. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Employees of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) describe the current atmosphere at the public broadcaster as oppressive.
NHK president: Neutrality should be judged by individual programs
NHK President Katsuto Momii, front row second from left, attends a Diet committee session on Feb. 25 with members of the NHK Executive Board. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The president of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) said the level of objectivity exercised in the public broadcaster's programs should be determined on an individual...
33,802 demand ouster of NHK president, threaten to withhold viewer ...
Japan Broadcasting Corp. President Katsuto Momii appears on an NHK program on April 13 to apologize to viewers for controversial comments he made at his inaugural news conference in January. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Seven citizens groups on April 21 submitted a collective petition with 33,802 signatures to Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), demanding the dismissals or resignations of NHK...
Scholars use NHK controversy as segue to assess Japanese society
The Asahi Shimbun
Two leading scholars believe there are ways the public can regain confidence in the direction society is heading, despite a recent controversy involving the new president of...
NHK president attempts damage control on NHK show for 'improper'...
Japan Broadcasting Corp. President Katsuto Momii apologizes to viewers for controversial comments he made at his inaugural news conference in January on an NHK program aired on April 13. (Wataru Sekita)
In a bid to erase viewers’ concerns about his neutrality as the public broadcaster’s new top executive, Japan Broadcasting Corp.’s (NHK) president apologized on an NHK...
EDITORIAL: Passage of NHK budget should not let Momii off the hook
NHK President Katsuto Momii talks in a news conference in Tokyo on April 3. (Koichi Anzai)
During Japan Broadcasting Corp.’s (NHK) entrance ceremony for new recruits on April 1, President Katsuto Momii said, “An act of just one NHK employee could cause the public ...
INSIGHT: Embattled leader of public broadcaster NHK puts Abe at...
Katsuto Momii, president of public broadcaster Japan Broadcasting Corp., answers questions from politicians at the Upper House Budget Committee meeting on March 12. (Shogo Koshida)
Although Katsuto Momii has come under heavy domestic and international fire for remarks that raised doubts about the impartiality of the new chief of Japan Broadcasting Corp....
VOX POPULI: Food for thought, 'You are what you read'
Students read books before classes start at an elementary school in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Gochisonsan,” a popular NHK television serial drama, wrapped up on March 29. (The title is a Japanese phrase usually said at the end of a meal to express appreciation for...
POINT OF VIEW/ Hiroshi Matsuda: Selection process of NHK governors ...
Hiroshi Matsuda during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun (Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governors used to be considered mere “window dressing.” As long as they were just there, then everything was fine. This was because of an...
NHK governor slams Momii's controversial remarks
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii is handed a memo during questioning by the Lower House Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications on Feb. 4. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The acting chairman of the Board of Governors at Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) blasted recent remarks by his boss, saying they were not only misleading but unacceptable.
VOX POPULI: Being 'dasai' no longer quite the insult it used to be
Yoshihide Otomo attends a music festival in Nagoya in September 2013. Project Fukushima! is the group of musicians and artists that organized the event. Otomo is a co-leader of the group. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
I wonder how often the word “dasai” is being used today. According to the dictionary, people started using it during the 1970s. It means dowdy, uncool or countrified. I...
VOX POPULI: NHK chairman's leadership style raises big questions
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii is handed a memo during questioning by the Lower House Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications on Feb. 4. (The Asahi Shimbun)
In his book "Leaders," published in 1982, U.S. President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) noted that dismissing one's staff is the most difficult yet important thing a leader has to...
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Scars of war have not gone away
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shinobu Igasaki)
In late December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused a stir by visiting Yasukuni Shrine. It was the first visit to the war-related shrine by an incumbent prime minister in seven...
NHK's unhealthy tilt to the right is a real cause for alarm
Remarks uttered by Katsuto Momii at his first news conference as chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) on Jan. 25 beggar belief.
NHK chairman blames reporters for his remarks; resignation calls...
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii responds to questions in the Diet on Feb. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
The chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) on March 3 again blamed reporters for his remarks about “comfort women” and programming that have led to widening calls for...
NHK governor refused to pay viewer fees over 'biased' shows
NHK governor Michiko Hasegawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) Governor Michiko Hasegawa apologized for refusing to pay subscription fees to the public broadcaster because of “biased” programming in 2005, ...