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NHK can now pester you through your mail thanks to new service from Japan Post

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By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

Ask anyone who has lived in Japan for a period of time what one of the most annoying things here is and they’ll probably tell you the NHK Man. It might seem surprising that a public broadcasting company has earned such universal loathing, but as the collection agents who come calling for NHK fees are notorious for collecting fees in a way not dissimilar to loan sharks, it’s not hard to understand why.

Now, thanks to a new initiative from Japan Post, the NHK Man’s ruthless pestering to get people to cough up for a TV license won’t just be limited to persistent door-to-door calls, but through the post as well.

On May 17, Japan Post announced a new special service where post can be delivered without the need for the recipient’s name — just an address will be enough to get it delivered. The service was introduced on a trial basis last June to help “support NHK subscription fee collection operations” in areas such as sending out bank transfer forms and documents to households without an NHK license. After several other companies requested to be able to use the services, the ‘Special Delivery Mail’ service was made official.

Each item sent will cost, on top of regular postage fees, an additional 150 yen for standard mail — considerably cheaper than the average NHK Man hourly salary.

Netizens had a lot to say about Japan Post’s new initiative; considering how unanimously disliked NHK is, most of the comments were unsurprisingly negative.

“NHK are getting desperate! This is no different to regular junk mail. Trash.”

“If the NHK have the money to spend on this kind of thing, they should use it instead to scrap the license fees.”

“Considering all we’re going to do is rip up the letters and throw them away, what’s the point?”

“I can see this turning into some sort of breeding ground for fraud.”

Sadly, the new initiative from the post office means that this tactic at getting the NHK Man to leave you alone might not be as effective anymore. Anyone wishing to avoid paying the fee will have to think of more creative ways to keep their letter boxes NHK free, like nailing a board over the mail slot. Alternatively, you can just… you know, pay up.

Source: Sankei News via Jin

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Received an envelope the other day. Definitely looking like a the Final Notice type letter. More formal, legit looking.

Same crap different day. Definitely stepping up their game in trying to scare you to pay with this new appearance.

My stance to NHK will always be: make every non-compliant Japanese citizen pay FIRST (which is vast), THEN come after me. Till then, beat it.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Huh?

Dear 'Un-named Occupant' you owe us $200.

That can't fly.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

“If the NHK have the money to spend on this kind of thing, they should use it instead to scrap the license fees.”

My thoughts exactly. More free paper to recycle and clean other stuff up with I guess.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

What foreigner would pay money to NHK that only has English translation at 7pm and 9pm in the evening, nothing in the morning with a couple of women translators speaking at junior high school level, and maps of Ukraine showing Crimea not as part of Russia?

Internet tv is better.

also, I can’t read Japanese, so my tax money again is wasted.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

NHK are just thieves.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

On May 17, Japan Post announced a new special service where post can be delivered without the need for the recipient’s name — just an address will be enough to get it delivered. 

If you have recently or just moved in, you will appreciate receiving your predecessor's final notice...

Each item sent will cost, on top of regular postage fees, an additional 150 yen for standard mail — considerably cheaper than the average NHK Man hourly salary.

...but still far too expensive for what is essentially spam.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

This is sad news for me. I've always enjoyed telling the NHK guy that I won't pay coz I don't wanna pay. From there it goes them telling me I have to pay because rules blah blah blah, then leave in frustration five or ten minutes later. Ahhh, the satisfaction of seeing these scammers all irritated. I'm gonna miss them.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

NHK…….

enough already, just get funding from selling commercial time like any other station.

or you know, go streaming like every other company.

if it’s that hard to adjust, get out of the game.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

I've already received so much 'junk mail' from NHK, asking to sign up and pay. They can talk until they're blue in the face because I don't own a TV. Selling mine was the best thing I ever did.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

But look at what NHK provides! World renowned quality TV on a number of channels, collaboration and funding for countless great movies every year, a streaming app used by pretty much everyone in the country, and a news service respected by the entire globe. And then there is radio, loads of genre-specific radio stations covering everything from pop to classical, current affairs to classic comedy and drama, and all radio offered to the world for free on both the web and another dedicated app. It is amazing.... Oh no, hang on, that's not NHK, that's the BBC, who does it on a fraction of the income that NHK pulls in. Goodness only knows what NHK does with its income.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

This whole NHK thing is nothing but a farce. I once had some NHK scalper I had to pay because my car NAVI could play DVDs. I lived in Japan for nearly twenty years and never paid it. You hear of people being prosecuted for the fees but only a few. Most people dodge it. It is the national broadcasting station run by the government. Why is it run as a separate entity? It should be part of land taxes. I’m very sure it costs them more to chase the funds with their scalpers and stand over tactics than they would actually receive if everybody paid. It’s a comical farce!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

If the NHK junk mail contains a pre-paid return envelope then cut off all references to you and your address, bar codes etc. and put the remainder in the return envelope and post it back to them. If you have two or more junk mail items then do the same to both except switch the contents.

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Received an envelope the other day. Definitely looking like a the Final Notice type letter. More formal, legit looking.

That's their goal. They are trying to scam elders and unsuspected housewives.

Just a few weeks ago my wife came up to me asking to cancel our saturday morning outing because we had received a letter from an internet company with her name saying they will be 'inspecting' our apartment for 'connectivity'. Had to argue with my own wife for 5 min to convince her this is nothing but ad trash.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

All they are doing here is putting money directly in the garbage, or recycling bin.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

It's a stupid, big waste of money covered by the license fees.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

If they would have reasonable fees to begin with, they probably wouldn't have so many people avoid paying.

I would imagine most people wouldn't mind paying the equivalent of $5/month or so, instead of the current 20-something for terrestrial and BS. That's more than an HBO Max or Netflix subscription! (In the US, TV Japan, owned by NHK, is $25/mo for a single channel. Most foreign-language channel bundles there include multiple channels for much less. Overcharging for stuff seems to be a common Japanese thing. It's like melon pricing.)

Instead of hiring contracted enforcers, and now these mailings, it could be done through municipal offices when you register your residence and apply for health insurance. It would save on expenses, which would help compensate for the lower usage fees.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

“I can see this turning into some sort of breeding ground for fraud.”

It's one of the most logical consequences of starting such a moronic scheme.

Fraudsters will be all over this like NHK fee collectors' fingers on doorbells.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

wouldn't watch NHK garbage even if it was free.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

daytime robbery.

to watch NHK is time wasting time at least.so called "news" are same as can read here-same narrative,one sided propaganda.documentaries not so worth as well-can find better at youtube or even netflix.

what else they can offer to convince their client to pay for?

nothing.

in my country gov tv channel and radio channel are paid from gov budget.no one forcing you to pay for something you dont need,you dont use and you dont want.small country can do that easy and no one have any objections-why rich big great Japan cant do same?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Sorry NHK, but I can't read Japanese. hehe.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Goodness only knows what NHK does with its income.

NHK spends a good amount of its income on its bombastic Sunday evening historical dramas, always featuring the highest paid name-brand actors. NHK is supposed to be educational TV, but it’s mostly a shill for the LDP and the entertainment production companies. Kohaku on New Year’s Eve is another example of NHK excess and waste.

Its budget is larger than the BBC, but its news programs look like regional TV. And very rarely a reporter on the scene overseas.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Seems the answer is to not have any "1seg" capable equipment (lots of cell phones do in Japan) and to never, ever, sign a lifetime contract with NHK.

The ways to end the contract are:

You will be leaving the country. (proof: ticket overseas)

You no longer have any equipment that can receive NHK broadcast signals. (TV recycling receipt)

You will be moving in with someone, so only one of you needs to pay for NHK.

Call NHK and tell them that due to your situation, you need to cancel your NHK contract.

NHK Customer Service: 0120-151515

So, to get them to stop hassling you, you must have a contract first?

Is this the same NHK that I get for free over broadcast TV channel 30.2?

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WABE-TV

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This opens the doors for a lot of fraudulent activities. I can easily pretend to be company X, or in this case NHK, and print invoices notifying the residents that they are delinquent on their bill, and to wire money to my account or risk losing service.

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On May 17, Japan Post announced a new special service where post can be delivered without the need for the recipient’s name — just an address will be enough to get it delivered.

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spinningplatesMay 24 07:25 am JST

Huh?

Dear 'Un-named Occupant' you owe us $200.

That can't fly.

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Without my name on the address, it is not for me.

Here in the UK, i would.

Cover the address and simply mark it "Not known at this address" and "Return to Sender".

Then put it into a post box.

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Would Japan Post charge them for the return of the letter ?

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Not sure if you can do that in Japan.

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If every suffer of NHK did that, the NHK post room would be overflowing with returned junk mail.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Oh no, hang on, that's not NHK, that's the BBC, who does it on a fraction of the income that NHK pulls in. 

You have got to be kidding. The BBC is an open sewer running through the living rooms of the UK. Left-wing, British-hating, anti-Christian, openly biased again conservatives, run by the smug metropolitan elite who loathe most of the country. I never paid the NHK here and never paid the fake news BBC in the UK.

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