Monday, February 24, 2014

Protests against NHK: 62 civic groups demand resignation of president, two rightist governors

Citizens' groups led by Japan Action Resolution of the "Comfort Women" Issue staged protests against NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), Japan's public broadcasting station, in Tokyo on Feb. 1 and 12, demanding resignation of its new president MOMII Katsuto and two nationalist governors, novelist HYAKUTA Naoki and philosopher HASEGAWA Michiko.
In the action held in the evening of Feb. 1, a week after the new NHK chief's first press conference where he made a controversial remark on "comfort women," protesters handed a letter to a staff member of the broadcaster's customers relations office NHK Heart Plaza. According to a participant, the staff member was much more bureaucratic than the real bureaucrats. " He identified himself only by his family name and refused to tell us his full name or give us a name card, because, according to him, he was not meeting with us as an individual. He said that all he would do is to take the letter to the secretariat of the president and he had no authority to say anything to us. He didn't allow our members who had cameras to enter the room where we met and demanded that we leave as soon as the time originally given had passed." On Feb. 12, some 80 protesters held a rally in front of the main gate of the NHK HQs at the time when the executive board members of the broadcaster were  meeting. Among the rally participants, there were three people who formerly worked for NHK as staff member or board member. Prior to the rally, representatives of Japan Action Resolution of the "Comfort Women" Issue and three other organizations met with staff members of Heart Plaza for half and hour and handed a letter of protest signed by 62 civil groups. (By SATO Kazuyuki and A)

NHK 経営委員会が開かれた2月12日の日中、東京・渋谷区にあるNHK前で、「籾井会長、百田・長谷川両委員は辞任せよ!-安倍総理・経営委員会の任命責任を 問う」抗議行動(第2弾)が実施されました。呼びかけは日本軍「慰安婦」問題解決全国行動で、当日提出した「申し入れ書」には、全国から62団体が賛同。 門前集会には、元NHK経営委員や元NHK職員3名を含む、約80人が結集しました。まず11時40分、4団体4名の代表(WAM・VAWW-RAC・ オール連帯・全国行動)がハートプラザに行き、経営委員会への「申し入れ書」を提出。NHK側担当者に約30分間、趣旨説明をしました。(佐藤和之) 
2 月1日の対NHK抗議行動に行きました、私が正面入り口で、NHK籾井会長への抗議文を手渡しする「申し入れ行動」に参加しました。NHKハートプラザは 「なんでも相談してください」という担当のはず。しかし、対応したその責任者は、姓を「マツザキ」と名乗りながら、「私の名前は言わない。名刺はない。個 人で会うのではないし、答える権限もないし、答えない。抗議文を会長室に持っていくだけ。はい、時間です!」という対応。2名のカメラマンが入ってきた が、そのマツザキ氏に「カメラは絶対ダメ」として退場させられました。霞が関の国家官僚なんかより、はるかに「官僚的」でした。(A) 

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