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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, ...
NHK governors, managing directors losing patience with Momii
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii, center, appears at a meeting of the Lower House Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications on Feb. 25. Kenichiro Hamada, chairman of the NHK Board of Governors, left, issued his second warning to Momii that day. (Shogo Koshida)
Governors and managing directors at Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) are showing clear signs that they are fed up with the antics of Chairman Katsuto Momii.
Hyakuta: NHK governor's post will not stifle words, actions
Writer Naoki Hyakuta is interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun. (Yoshinori Toyomane)
Naoki Hyakuta said his position as a Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor does not restrict what he can do and say professionally, and that his provocative comments about...
Embattled NHK chairman: What's wrong with what I said?
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii speaks at a Feb. 13 news conference in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite having offered apologies and retractions, the chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) sees no problem with his remarks that offended overseas countries and called...
Japan’s provocative moves (The Washington Post)
Some Japan watchers believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leading the country into a potentially dangerous era, writes Jackson Diehl in The Washington Post. Abe has...
INSIGHT: NHK preoccupied with 'putting out fires' as resignation...
Japan Broadcasting Corp.'s headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Attacked from all sides and with its main revenue source in jeopardy, Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) was forced to take an unusual step.
3,300 viewers demand NHK chairman step down
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii responds to questions from reporters at a Jan. 25 news conference in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
About 3,300 viewers called for the resignation of Katsuto Momii, chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), over remarks he made that called his political neutrality into...
NHK and Abe’s agenda (The Diplomat)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support for Katsuto Momii, the new chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), despite Momii's recent remarks dismissing the rape of Asian "comfort...
U.S. State Department calls remarks by NHK governor 'preposterous'
Naoki Hyakuta (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. State Department described as "preposterous" remarks by a governor for Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) who alleged the Tokyo war crimes trial was designed...