Japan Diet Enacts Bill to Allow Online Simulcasts by NHK

Politics

Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Wednesday a bill for allowing Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, to start online simulcasts of its television programs.

The bill to revise the broadcast law was approved at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, following its passage through the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, earlier this month.

The public broadcaster aims to begin online simulcasts within fiscal 2019, which started last month. Specifically, it plans to launch the service in March next year, in time for the start of the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics late that month.

Before the law revision, online simulcasts were allowed to commercial broadcasters.

The amended law urges NHK to draw up standards for its simulcast service, including a cap on related expenses, in response to concerns that the move by the public entity will have adverse impacts on commercial broadcasters' operations.

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