Anti-NHK Party Chief Accused of Threatening Former Member

Society Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police Wednesday accused Takashi Tachibana, head of NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (Party to Protect the People from Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK) of threatening a former party member, informed sources said.

The Metropolitan Police Department sent papers on Tachibana, 52, a member of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, to public prosecutors, the sources said.

Tachibana is suspected of posting a video on YouTube in early July intimidating the male assembly member of Tokyo's Chuo Ward, with comments such as "I will go and destroy your life," the sources said.

The assembly member, 25, left Tachibana's party in late June after winning his seat on the party's ticket in April, the sources said. Since then, Tachibana has criticized the assembly member repeatedly online.

Tachibana said, "I will resign as a lawmaker if found guilty."

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