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Regarding the Feb. 3 article “NHK goes global with all-English broadcasts“: As has been the case with all articles concerning this subject, we are told that “The broadcasts will not be aired in Japan.” Am I the only one to ask, “Why not?”

Wait, wait — don’t tell me — the answer is:
(a) NHK really hates English speakers.
(b) There is not one Japanese speaker of English in the entire country who could comprehend those broadcasts.
(c) As with most things, the cost of sending out the signal would be higher in Japan than in any other country.
(d) The people who pay their NHK fees have no right to view those English-language programs or to see how NHK portrays Japan to other parts of the world.
(e) I’m just being one of those obnoxious gaijins who ask irritating “why” questions. Shame on me.

mike worman

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