Next NHK President Resolved to Make Trusted Programs

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Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese banker Terunobu Maeda, who has been named the next president of Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, said Tuesday that he will focus on creating television programs the public can trust.

"The most important thing is to continue to make programs trusted by the public, as NHK is the public broadcaster," Maeda, 74, former chairman of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. <8411>, told a news conference in Tokyo.

"I was surprised at the sudden nomination (as the next NHK president), but I'd like to do a job suitable for the public broadcaster," he said.

According to Maeda, he was asked on Monday, without prior notice, by Susumu Ishihara, chairman of NHK's Board of Governors, to take up the post. Maeda said that he accepted the request immediately, thinking that "there is no choice" but to do so.

Asked about a series of management challenges facing NHK, including the launch of full-scale online simulcast services, slated for next April, Maeda said, "I will study hard until taking office" as NHK president.

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