Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

| Mar 3, 2014

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

NHK, which is often compared with the BBC in the U.K., has been a focus of public attention and intense criticism in recent weeks. Many people are taking a closer look at the public broadcaster, including its history and whether it has been politically ...

Nago mayor remains defiant over Futenma plan

Feb 13, 2014

Nago mayor remains defiant over Futenma plan

Susumu Inamine, mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, vowed Thursday to use every weapon in his arsenal to block the central government’s efforts to construct a replacement base in his city for the U.S. Futenma airfield. Inamine defeated a pro-base rival to win re-election last ...

NHK governors reveal rightist views

Feb 5, 2014

NHK governors reveal rightist views

A member of NHK’s board of governors has written an essay praising a right-wing activist who committed suicide in the Asa­hi Shim­bun building in 1993, raising questions about the public broadcaster’s political neutrality.

Momii's rise tests NHK's reputation

Feb 2, 2014

Momii's rise tests NHK's reputation

For millions of Japanese, and even Japan-watchers abroad, NHK is a trusted source of information: gray in tone perhaps, but neither black nor white on the issues. This assumption has been put to the test by new NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii, whose recent remarks ...