As someone who toiled for several years inside NHK during the early 1990s, it is bemusing to see the simplistic criticism of the quasi-official broadcaster by the Japanese media.

Liberal newspapers express their dismay about "censorship" amid political pressure, of a documentary about a mock trial concerning Pacific War sex slaves. Conservative publications lambaste the broadcaster for not being "fair and balanced."

This brouhaha comes in the wake of a fraud scandal (so far, five NHK employees are known to have embezzled millions of yen since 1997), which has led to an increasing number of households refusing to pay their subscriber fees.