NHK's Win in "One Seg" Lawsuit Fixed

Society

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)--The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal seeking exemption of users of mobile devices with the "One Seg" television program-receiving function from paying TV viewing fees charged by state-run Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK.

According to NHK, of five similar lawsuits, this was the first one finalized by a Supreme Court ruling.

The decision by the top court's Third Petty Bench, made on Tuesday, clarified that people who do not own TVs but do have One Seg devices will be obliged to sign subscription contracts with NHK under a broadcasting law provision. One Seg is an abbreviation for "one frequency segment" allocated to terrestrial digital broadcasting for mobile devices.

The lawsuit was filed by a man in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, who did not own a TV set.

In 2016, Saitama District Court ruled that people exclusively using One Seg devices have no obligation to sign contracts with NHK, saying that the law provision is applicable only to owners of installation-type receivers.

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