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Last Friday (Dec. 14) all train services to and from Sapporo station were suspended for several hours; the exact cause could not be identified. In my opinion it was big news since it was the first time in the 17 years that I’ve lived here that all lines had been suspended. I expected to see this news on NHK.

Instead, NHK News Watch 9 spent more than half an hour on the shooting incident at the Sasebo sports club. It kept on showing an aerial view of the building where the shooting took place despite the fact that nothing was going on. The culprit was not hiding in the building and the shooting victims (two dead, six injured) had already been admitted to the hospital. What made me feel bad was that there was no view whatsoever from any nearby high-rise. All video was from a helicopter!

While ordinary people who pay NHK subscription fees do their utmost to save energy due to soaring gasoline prices and to contribute to a slowdown in global warming, NHK had its helicopter idling over a building where nothing was going on. Does NHK live in the same world as its subscribers?

werawan manakul

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