Anti-NHK Party Raided over Improper Info Acquisition

Society Politics

Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police have searched locations related to a single-issue political party for its alleged improper acquisition of personal information on viewer contracts with Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, it was learned Saturday.

A person linked to Takashi Tachibana, head of NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (Party to Protect the People from NHK), disclosed the searches in a video posted on YouTube.

The party is suspected of forcible obstruction of business and violating the unfair competition prevention law.

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department conducted a voluntary questioning of Tachibana, 52, on Saturday. The MPD is believed to analyze seized materials in order to decide whether to build a case against the party.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Tachibana filmed the screen of a tablet device used by an NHK viewing fee collector and illicitly obtained viewer contract information, which is trade secrets for NHK.

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