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Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK

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By SoraNews24

One of the most well-known politicians in Japan now is undoubtedly Takashi Tachibana, though it’s admittedly a pretty barren landscape these days.

Tachibana burst onto the scene about a decade ago, with an energetic campaign as the head of The Refusal to Pay NHK Reception Fee Party which soon after rebranded as The Protect the Nation from NHK Party, or N-Koku for short. As his highly descriptive party names suggest, his main platform is to end the aggressive fee-collecting ways of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

▼ Tachibana often aligns himself with other outsider political candidates, such as Councilman Super Crazy Kun

While educating people on the best tactics to avoid signing subscriptions to the television channel, Tachibana gradually amassed a large following which grew into a handful of local and national electoral victories in recent years. However, it was his own appointment to the National Diet’s House of Councilors that landed him in his current predicament.

While a Diet member he signed a subscription contract for his office TV that lasted from August to September, 2019. He has since disputed his need to pay the 4,560 yen reception fee, not because he didn’t owe it, but because he felt it should be offset by other legal costs from a separate dispute between him and NHK.

Judge Hiroshi Oshima of the Tokyo District Court, however, disagreed and on Feb 17 ordered that Tachibana pay the full amount to NHK directly. In a subsequent press conference Tachibana said he would “appeal the unfair judgement.”

▼ A news report of Judge Oshima’s ruling

Technicalities aside, the leader of the Protect the Nation from NHK Party being unable to protect himself from NHK is not a good look. Luckily, the party has already rebranded themselves a couple other times.

First, in December of 2020, they changed their name to the Protect the Citizens from NHK Party, which was a small but cheeky alteration that gave them the same shorthand as the one used for current ruling party, Jiminto. Then, on Feb 5, they gave themselves the even more explicit name of The Party to Teach How to Not Pay the NHK Reception Fee.

And now, following the decision, Tachibana tweeted his intentions to run for the Governor of Chiba Prefecture under a whole new party banner.

▼ “In response to today’s unfair judgement, I will create a party called ‘The Party to Crush NHK and Judge Hiroshi Oshima!’ and will run for governor in Chiba next month. We will investigate collusion between NHK and the courts.”

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Declaring one’s intentions to “crush” a judge might seem overly hostile or even a criminal threat, but is really just a modification of his longstanding slogan of “Crush NHK!” Tachibana often explains this phrase to mean “destroy the ways they currently do business” and set up a fair model, such as a scrambling system for non-payers, in its place.

Netizens, meanwhile, continue to be entertained by this cartoonishly never-ending cat-and-mouse game between Tachibana and the nation’s public broadcaster.

“Looks like NHK crushed him.”

“If he doesn’t win his appeal, they’ll probably have to change the name again.”

“Wouldn’t it be easier to just pay the 4,000 yen?”

“This is all really stupid, but still entertaining.”

“He’s going to run for governor of Chiba over 4,000 yen?”

“LOL!”

“Hurry up and crush NHK already.”

“Haha, this guy’s nuts.”

Some also pointed out that even though he lost this court case, Tachibana is still very much winning in the long run. He is constantly representing himself while NHK has to employ a legal team to continuously wrangle with him in court over trivial sums of money. Furthermore, the ensuing spectacle caused by these trials only helps to fuel Tachibana’s own popularity.

So, in a way, NHK is the biggest contributor to the success of The Party to Crush NHK and Judge Hiroshi Oshima! and The Party to Teach How Not to Pay the NHK Fee, or whatever they’ll call themselves next month.

Sources: Jiji.com, Hachima Kiko

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© SoraNews24

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Just tell them that you won't pay and don't sign any papers. Three weeks ago the NHK guy came to my door and tried tricking me into paying even after I told him I don't have a TV (last the I had was in 2010). He said it's the law, yada yada, I told that him I don't care and won't pay. He left, tho only after I told him to do so.

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Funny

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Some also pointed out that even though he lost this court case, Tachibana is still very much winning in the long run. He is constantly representing himself while NHK has to employ a legal team to continuously wrangle with him in court over trivial sums of money. 

Morons. I wonder how much all that sets them back.

Tachibana often explains [Crush NHK] to mean “destroy the ways they currently do business” and set up a fair model, such as a scrambling system for non-payers, in its place.

They'd be much better off doing as he suggests, although then they'd have to make programmes that lots of people actually wanted to watch or the executives would have no money for slush funds and huge over-priced corporate headquarters.

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Forcing people to pay for something they don’t want is extreme!

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The anti-NHK party has been losing popularity. Mr Tachibana is more recognised as an annoying youtuber, rathar than a politician (He's not even in office now). He is not at all serious about NHK reforms.

Tachibana got charged of obstruction of business, will most certainly be found guilty and go to jail by April.

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i watch foreign internet tv because the evening NHK news has two English translators that have the abilities of a 6 year old child.

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NHK already receives a huge subsidy from the government, paid with tax revenues. If they can't operate within that budget, they should either begin selling voluntary subscriptions, voluntary advertising or restructure and shed several hundred employees. It's known as an amakudari sinecure for bureaucrats, so they could start there. I saw it for the first time in literally a decade just recently, and it was like going back to the Showa era. Nothing of interest to anyone below 70 years old.

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Back in the early days of radio and television broadcasts, when cost was a significant barrier to entry, having a government supported broadcaster and mandatory licensing fees did make some sense. However, these days with the internet, there is now much greater consumer choice and virtually no barrier to entry to the journalism marketplace.

The mandatory licensing fee system should be revisited in a national plebiscite. If the Japanese people feel NHK is of national importance, it should be funded through general taxes instead of a separate licensing fee. However, if the Japanese people feel NHK is no longer of national importance, the government should stop interfering in the market and allow NHK to compete like any other corporation.

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GoodlucktoyouToday  09:58 am JST

i watch foreign internet tv because the evening NHK news has two English translators that have the abilities of a 6 year old child.

Yes, a couple of the females are excruciatingly painful to listen to but the others are competent enough.

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The article says the judge is called Oshima, but in the tweet Tachibana wrote 高瀬 which is pronounced Takase, not Oshima.

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i watch foreign internet tv because the evening NHK news has two English translators that have the abilities of a 6 year old child.

The irony is that if you understood Japanese, you'd realize just how insanely difficult it is to do real-time interpretation (aka translation) between Japanese and English, due to the inverse order verb and object. Almost no six-year old child could do real-time interpretation between the languages, and the number of adults who can do it are so few that it can cost thousands of dollars to hire one for a day.

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The article says the judge is called Oshima, but in the tweet Tachibana wrote 高瀬 which is pronounced Takase, not Oshima.

That's correct. The article got the judge's name entirely incorrect. The judge's name is Yoshihisa Takase: https://judge.memo.wiki/d/%B9%E2%C0%A5%BD%E7%B5%D7

Hiroshi Oshima is not even an alternate reading of for the 高瀬順久.

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I support NHK reforms. But we better distinguish serious reform campaigns from the anti-NHK party which is both immoral and incompetent. It's more like another religious sect. No wonder almost all of its candidates have lost elections in a row or 26 streaks.

Tachibana has launched SLAPP lawsuit to try to intimidate or silence critics (but they lost trials, must pay for damages!). He publicly declares himself as anti-social. Just like Trump, Tachibana has downplayed covid-19 although some of the key party members got infected. He rushed to announce the victory of Trump, only to prove wrong which he has never admitted yet. Tachibana and his party breach the public trust.

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The article says the judge is called Oshima, but in the tweet Tachibana wrote 高瀬 which is pronounced Takase, not Oshima.

The article is correct, and Tachibana was wrong. Judge Oshima 大嶋 gave the verdict. Judge Takase has nothing to do with the case.

Now you see how much annoying Tachibana is. He's made such mistakes without cross-checking.

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The article is correct, and Tachibana was wrong. Judge Oshima 大嶋 gave the verdict. Judge Takase has nothing to do with the case.

They are both incorrect then. Tachibana for getting the judge's name wrong, and the article for incorrectly translating the name that Tachibana used. Rather, the article should have provided an aside explaining the difference between the real judge's name, and the name used by Tashibana.

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Haven't paid NHK since 2003 when the ex took the TV and left the kids.

Didn't have a TV for years but the NHK guy would come around regularly to tell me I had to pay because the building my children and I lived in had cable, ( remember I didn't have a TV) I told these guys to search for the sun one a certain place.

After moving to a single family home they come by regularly, I still don't have a TV or even an antenna.

Now they try and say if I have a PC I can get NHK so I have to pay then the latest is my smartphone has TV (it doesn't not a Japanese model) do now they are saying the car's GPS navigation has TV so I have to pay.

So I gave them a list of random addresses in North America and said NHK now has full time service in the USA and Canada on broadcast TV so now go collect the fees there and once you do I will pay. The last time they came my daughter called the police, I was not home and they wanted to come in to the house a check if we really don't have a TV, they were trying to bully her so she called the police. The police warned the guy never to step foot on our property again. Will see how that goes once covid thing ends and NHK starts sending their zombies out again.

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The irony is that if you understood Japanese, you'd realize just how insanely difficult it is to do real-time interpretation (aka translation) between Japanese and English

If you could really understand Japanese then you would have watch some of those great NHK drama series with the white guy that speaks English with a heavy non anglophone accent playing a US soldier, UK or US businessman etc... That is inevitably the bad guy, this is an enviable recurring theme in NHK shows for the past 30 years that I have been here.

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Ain’t it funny how a private business cannot force you to pay for services, but a government backed outfit like NHK can?

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Antiquesaving

If you could really understand Japanese then you would have watch some of those great NHK drama series with the white guy that speaks English with a heavy non anglophone accent playing a US soldier, UK or US businessman etc... That is inevitably the bad guy, this is an enviable recurring theme in NHK shows for the past 30 years that I have been here.

Was asked to audition for a TV show one time.

After reading the script and saw how my "essence" was going to be used, I told them the same thing I told the NHK guy!

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I get a bill for about ¥1400 a month and I pay it.

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I get a bill for about ¥1400 a month and I pay it.

Why should I? I don't have a TV I didn't ask that the Car GPS navigation that are pre-installed have TV ( note as far as I could find all Car navi in Japan have TV) and most Japanese smartphones for some strange reason have TV ( not my Asus), so again don't what NHK don't need NHK and unless as I told the NHK guy they are willing to pay for a new car navi without a TV built-in I am not obligated to pay for what I don't use or want.

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@H

Been there done that.

Worse is my son mixed caucasian/Japanese is an actor, his agency will no longer deal with NHK because everytime they request a non Japanese or English speaker it ends up being a very negative character AKA the bad guy.

My son is on several other productions where he is a high profile positive character including a childrens show so these negative roles NHK keep offering could destroy his career.

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My parents in Canada keep asking why NHK has taken over 2 of the UHF formerly USA PBS TV channels that they can receive via antenna.

One channel has English over dubbing the other is entirely in Japanese,

I don't have a logical explanation there are nowhere near enough Japanese speaker to warrant suck and expense and claiming it is to promote Japan overseas is not realistic as a Japanese only programming no one will watch.

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Those who are saying NHK is available in North America - is this the domestic channel or NHK World?

Antiquesaving:

The last time they came my daughter called the police

Well good on your daughter. They're behaving like thugs. I've had several visits by different people despite telling them each time I don't have a damn TV. One even started writing out a contract as soon as I opened the door. I don't open the doors now. They resort to putting letters in everyone's mailboxes with forms for us to fill in. I rip them up immediately.

If NHK wants money, then they'll have to produce some good quality programmes first. Programmes which also don't treat viewers like children.

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The BEST publicly funded TV in the world are PBS-USA, DW-Germany, and the both rely on donations and advertisers with some government support, NO one is forced to pay, and NO RUDE bill collectors coming to your door after 8pm.

NHK needs to stop relying on the easy money it scams scam from the Japanese public and learn to stand alone like others in the free world.

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Those who are saying NHK is available in North America - is this the domestic channel or NHK World?

That is the thing, it apparently used to be NHK international but they have now taken over a second UHF frequency and are now broadcasting what appears to be NHK General channel 3 (educational?) all in Japanese. My parents laughed as they saw the English lessons,

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NHK and government claim NHK is need for the public good and safety ok then stick to that, no need for sports, dramas etc.. private broadcasters can do that just fine, no need to have BSTV on top of it all.

Someone that has a TV and decides to get A BSCS dish to get wow wow or other paid stations now not only has to pay for regular NHK but BSTV NHK which basically is a near mirror if the regular 2 terrestrial stations.

So effectively getting nothing more but paying more

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NHK is an important broadcaster of Japanese culture, news . . . perhaps the funds should be a portion of taxes which people regularly pay, e.g. income, consumption, . . . . in the US Public Broadcasting System (PBS), with similar type programming, has been funded by a combination of public donations, corporate donations, and government . . . .

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I had successfully employed the methods used for about 20 year above to send the old bloke knocking on the door demandng a subscription.

Then one day he came a -knocking while I was at work and the wife was home with the baby - "I couldn't say no", she told me when I got home and found the paperwork on the table.

That came as news to me - it's not a word she usually has difficulty with.

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Not watching Japanese TV, I don't pay. As in my homecountry, it's a service and as with every service, you pay only if you use.

Whenever they visited, I pretended not speaking Japanese, or very poorly. But they always gave me pamphlets in Japanese and left. Last visit I've got by them was 5 years ago. One of them spoke some English, demanded entering our house and checking if we really don't have TV antenna and check our TV channels. I refused, they threatened me with legal actions and that I will be deported (not kidding here), I stopped my no-Japanese-language role and told them I was Japanese citizen and told them to get lost. They said I was not, I was lying to them and asked me to show them a proof or my 在留カード. I said I won't show or prove anything to them and closed the door. They rang the bel few times, but my wife had already called the police.

Police came, those two goons said I was threatening them and I was an illegal there and that the police officer should check that. My wife appeared, said that except them claiming legal actions against me for not paying, no one threatened anyone. The officer told them never enter anyone's property. Since then, we haven't got any visit by them.

Somehow I get the idea and arguments about NHK and paying. But the way they want the money is like thugs or mafia. There are more efficient and definitely less shady ways of asking and getting the money. Sending some outsourced dudes from door to door is not one of them.

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The NHK fees should be paid, but I have heard that people looking to collect can be unnecessarily aggressive.

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