Tohokushinsha Permit to Be Revoked in May


Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese communications minister Ryota Takeda said Friday that his ministry will revoke a satellite broadcast permit for the Tohokushinsha Film Corp. <2329> group May 1.

Tohokushinsha Film, criticized for wining and dining senior ministry officials, was found to have violated a clause limiting foreign ownership of satellite broadcasters under the broadcasting law.

It will be the first time for a Japanese satellite broadcast permit to be revoked for this reason.

Subject to the measure is The Cinema 4K, a broadcasting satellite channel specializing in foreign films. The channel is now run by subsidiary Tohokushinsha Media Service Inc.

"Ministry inspection was insufficient. We'll consider enhancing our inspection system," Takeda told a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

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