These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
Overall, we rate NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) Right-Center biased based on story selection that favors Japanese nationalism. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH Country: Japan World Press Freedom Rank: Japan 66/180
After World War II, in 1950 NHK was re-established as a public broadcaster and started TV broadcasting. NHK is headquartered in Tokyo. NHK broadcasts two terrestrial TV channels consisting of General and Educational TV, four satellite TV channels, and three radio channels.
NHK provides news, sports, documentaries, and a wide variety of other programs, they also have an early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis. NHK provides overseas services known as NHK WORLD-JAPAN and offers news and information in English, Japanese, and other languages. Currently, MAEDA Terunobu is the President of the executive board.
Funded by / Ownership
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)is a public corporation and primarily funded by TV receiving fees (monthly licensing fees), which is the main source of income for NHK. However, NHK overseas is funded by the government. NHK’s Management consists of 12 governors who are approved by both houses of the Diet and are appointed by the Prime Minister. The board of governors approves or dismisses the president, CEO, and the auditors. Further, the NHKboard of governorsis appointed by the Prime Minister and its budget approved by the Diet (the national legislature of Japan).
In review, on July 7, 2009, The Japan Times reported that in 2001, NHK censored part of a documentary on wartime history due to direct pressure from conservative Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers, stating that one of those lawmakers was current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who put pressure on NHK to alter the content. Another incident occurred in 2005 which involves embezzlement scandals that resulted in the resignation of NHK president Katsuji Ebisawa and two other NHK execs.
Overall, we rate NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) Right-Center biased based on story selection that favors Japanese nationalism. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/27/2020)