NHK Pres. Denies Outside Pressure on Program Cancellation

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, President Ryoichi Ueda denied Thursday outside complaints caused the cancellation of a program about inappropriate sales practices for Japan Post Insurance Co. <7181> products.

"It's not the case that independence or freedom of creating programs has been impaired," Ueda told a regular news conference.

Regarding NHK's decision to cancel the broadcast of a follow-up to the original program on the issue, Ueda said, "Due to insufficient coverage, it was judged necessary to continue collecting information."

NHK aired the original program in April last year. After that, the public broadcaster posted a video online to ask Japan Post Insurance policyholders and post office workers to provide information for use to create the follow-up program.

In July that year, the Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178> group, including the insurance company, made a protest to the president and requested NHK to delete the video, saying it gave the impression that sales practices tantamount to criminal acts were conducted systematically.

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