Damn! All television viewers in Japan are “asked” to pay a monthly fee for NHK (Japanese Public Television) services, but but foreigners just ignored it because there was no penality for not paying till now….
NHK to press for subscription fee payments through summary court
japan today > japan > national Friday, October 6, 2006 at 05:00 EDT
TOKYO —NHK Chairman Genichi Hashimoto said Thursday that people who refuse to pay their viewer subscription fees will be pressed for payment through summary courts if they fail to pay by the end of this month…. Viewers’ property may be seized if they do not follow summary courts’ demand for payment.
The deal is that because of the fraud and money scandals of NHK Company, many Japanese people are very angry and stopped paying their fees. The national broadcaster—think of it as Stalinist/JapanInc version of the BBC—was fast going bankrupt. So now NHK is going to start busting down door and forcing people to pay. NHK service fees: 14,910 yen to 40,430 yen per year ($127 to $343 USD) WARNING! THIS IS OLD INFO….
Q: Do I have to pay for NHK TV?
Like the BBC in Great Britain, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK TV changes fees of everyone with a TV in Japan. Unlike the BBC, Japan’s fees are not “manditory” since NHK does not have a way to force people to pay with fines or arrest. NHK goes door to door to collect—often with amusing results when they try to collect from foreigners who cannot be bullied or shamed into paying like the pavid Japanese.
Remember: NHK—Just Say No.(c)
However, note that the new digital TV will not show NHK unless you pay the fees since new digital signal is scrambled. Also according to the the Japan SAQ: [NHK door-to-door collectors] “are generally very aggressive and threatening, usually sticking their foot in the door so that you can’t close it on them, and somehow giving you the impression that dire consequences will ensue if you do not pay promptly. … (be careful if you have a satellite dish though).”
1.17 million subscribers refuse to pay NHK fee
According to NHK, there were a total of 201,000 new cases of refusal to pay or suspension of payment of the fee in the June-July period….An increasing number of viewers say they do not want to pay the fee because it is unfair that they pay while many others do not, rather than because of the scandals. There is no penalty for not paying the fee….
Refer also to the previous 3Yen reports: Japan’s NHK public TV is “unnecesary and Boycott NHK! 700,000 public TV subscribers wise up.