Apr 9, 2015

Report calls for further investigation of 'fake' NHK documentary

A documentary aired by NHK last year that allegedly contained a fake interview should be investigated further, an interim investigation report said Thursday. “Close-up Gendai,” broadcast on May 14, erroneously described a room for a fraudulent broker’s meeting with a debtor as a base ...

Diet tussle over NHK budget set to heat up

Mar 29, 2015

Diet tussle over NHK budget set to heat up

A Diet confrontation over NHK’s fiscal 2015 budget is expected to heat up this week as questions are posed about whether President Katsuto Momii is qualified to lead the public broadcaster. While the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition to have NHK’s budget approved before ...

Jan 25, 2015

NHK must maintain independence

NHK has announced a three-year budget plan that includes strengthening its overseas services. But has Japan's national broadcaster figured out yet whether it exists as a news organziation or as a propaganda arm of the government?

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

| Jan 17, 2015

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

by Philip Brasor

The 2014 edition of NHK’s venerated song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” broadcast on Dec. 31, was remarkable for several reasons, though the performance that generated the most remarks was the one by the equally venerated pop-rock group Southern All Stars, their first on the ...