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Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you See in context

In principle you can't get most people to pay for anything, especially media.

---sarcasm--- A latte at Starbucks for 500 yen? Sure! But a song by a songwriter who's invested 10 years of her life practicing guitar, recorded on 40 million yen recording equipment, available for 250 yen on iTunes? Forget it! And even more impossible: supporting a TV channel which is funded without commercials, showing stuff that you won't find on the mind-blistering variety show channels - for 38 yen per day. But wait, what if I don't watch NHK and I don't want to partake in funding it for those who do? It's like tax! And heaven knows we hate taxes, right? Well, why stop there then? I don't use the public park. I don't have a car/mc/bicycle so I don't use roads. I don't have kids so I don't want to pay for schools. Why don't I get tax breaks for those things? ---/sarcasm---

Sometimes we need to see beyond ourselves and focus on what we get, not what is perceived to be "taken from us". Sure, there might be a good bunch of us not liking NHKs programming, but one channel that is a little more free from the dictatorship of viewer ratings and commercialism can only be a good thing. Myself? Practically speaking I rarely watch it, but I do pay for NHK.

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