Ex-NHK official arrested on fraud charges


A former official at NHK’s television technology research center has been arrested for allegedly submitting a fictitious order to an audio equipment firm.

Kimio Hamasaki, 56, a former chief researcher at NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories, was arrested Tuesday along with Hiroyasu Sato, 46, a former executive at the audio equipment firm, on suspicion of fraud.

Both have owned up to the charges, police sources said.

They are suspected of conspiring in April 2012 to make NHK pay some ¥2.8 million to Sato’s company for fictitious work.

An in-house investigation at NHK revealed that Hamasaki has also received goods worth millions of yen — including a personal computer and digital camera — from the audio equipment company, sources at the public broadcaster said.

NHK dismissed Hamasaki last October and filed a criminal complaint against him with the Tokyo police. The police raided locations such as the NHK laboratories that month.