Earlier this month, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced its medium-term budget plan covering three years from fiscal 2015. NHK attaches importance to strengthening its international broadcast services by boosting their budget to ¥22.5 billion in fiscal 2015, up 31.7 percent from fiscal 2014. Over the three years, it envisages increasing spending on these services by ¥10 billion.

Given that the Abe administration and the Liberal Democratic Party are keen on promoting what they regard as national interests through NHK’s international broadcasts — and the unfortunate fact that 12 NHK governors are appointed by the prime minister with the consent of the Diet — it is all the more imperative that NHK adhere to the principle of ensuring objectivity in reporting and taking up various opinions on important issues from various angles.

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