Nippon Television Network Corp. aired a special program at 12:50 a.m., Aug. 24, to examine a grave error in its Nov. 23, 2008, program of “Shinso Hodo Bankisha.” The Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization, a body made up of NHK and private broadcasting companies, had called on NTV to broadcast the special program.

“Bankisha” had aired a statement from a former construction company executive alleging that the Gifu prefectural government maintained a slush fund and that he had sent ¥2 million to a prefectural government worker. But a prefectural government probe did not turn up any irregularities. The former executive then admitted in a program aired March 1, 2009, that he had made a false statement. He was found guilty on July 23 of obstructing the prefectural government’s business because of his statement.

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