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Anti-NHK party head admits to interrogation for alleged intimidation

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The head of a minor opposition party, whose primary goal is to "crush" Japan's public broadcaster NHK, said Monday he was questioned by police for alleged intimidation.

Takashi Tachibana of the NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (the party to protect the people from NHK) said he will "not resign immediately" but suggested he would do so if found guilty.

"There's no problem at all," Tachibana said at a press conference after an hour-long interrogation.

He admitted the police had questioned him on suspicion of blackmailing a male assembly member of Tokyo's Chuo Ward.

The alleged victim, who won as a party member in April's local election, was expelled in June after a financial problem with the party emerged, according to a source familiar with the party.

Tachibana uploaded a YouTube video condemning the man, describing him as "a turncoat" and pressuring him to resign. The man submitted a complaint to the police saying Tachibana threatened him.

The interrogation comes less than two months after the party won its first Diet seat in an upper house election in July.

Tachibana, a former employee of the company formally called Japan Broadcasting Corp, is known for making inflammatory remarks about TV personalities and those who oppose him on his YouTube channel.

The party is calling for abolishing mandatory payment of subscription fees to the public broadcaster, arguing that only those who watch the network should have to pay.

The party won around 980,000 votes in the proportional representation system in the July 21 upper house election.

Tachibana is not the only controversial figure belonging to the party. Hodaka Maruyama became the vice leader after being expelled from the opposition Japan Innovation Party for suggesting Japan should wage war with Russia over a territorial dispute.

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11 ( +14 / -3 )

Love the irony: A member of a party dedicated to halting extortion is arrested for extortion.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Sigh, this will only make NHK stronger. Sometimes I wish the Japanese people would have 10% the courage of the Hong Kong people to protest against the NHK. Instead they bend over and take everything without a squeek.

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LagunaToday  04:28 pm JST

“Love the irony: A member of a party dedicated to halting extortion is arrested for extortion.”

Except he hasn’t been arrested.

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The powers that be are seriously terrified of this guy. They are tying themselves in knots trying to find a way to get him.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

NHK are the bullies.

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said he will "not resign immediately" but suggested he would do so if found guilty

In other words. I’m not saying I did it, but...if they find any evidence, then I will step down.

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Not admits but submits to questioning, surely.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Or maybe not... haha!

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I thought it was funny that during the last election, the anti-NHK party representative appeared on an NHK discussion program for the candidates.

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Met the guy three times before when he was campaigning around Tokyo. Got a couple of no NHK stickers for my door (I actually don't own a tv nor have any devices capable of getting TV signals). You an get them for free by contacting their website as well.

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Vince BlackSep. 10  04:15 pm JST

“How can one join this group?”

If you’re not a Japanese citizen, I think you’ll first need to become one in order to get involved in this political party. It’s my understanding foreigners are prohibited by law from donating to or campaigning for candidates, or otherwise being involved in the political process.

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NHK weather reports are ok....

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Badge213

Met the guy three times before when he was campaigning around Tokyo. Got a couple of no NHK stickers for my door (I actually don't own a tv nor have any devices capable of getting TV signals). You an get them for free by contacting their website as well.

I don't have a TV so don't have a NHK license but today there are many devices capable of receiving NHK both TV and radio. Smart phones, radios, tablets, TV. internet. Cable.

According to a recent court case you only need to own a capable device even if you don't watch it.

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The head of a minor opposition party, whose primary goal is to "crush" Japan's public broadcaster NHK

I'd like to crush the NHK a-holes who harrassed me. They never got one yen from me.

NHK weather reports are ok..

They're actually wrong a lot.

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Party of losers.. Keep crying.. LOL !!!..

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