September 1, 2006

NHK fees to be made mandatory

This sucks!

Gov't to submit bill next year to make NHK fees mandatory

TOKYO — Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Heizo Takenaka said Friday the government plans to introduce a bill next year to require all television viewers to pay fees to Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK). The proposal for mandatory NHK subscription fees comes as many people refuse to pay the charges due partly to a series of scandals involving NHK officials.

Takenaka also said that NHK will create a subsidiary to take over and enhance its overseas English television broadcasting service in fiscal 2009 that starts in April 2009.


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