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(Update) NHK to Reduce Viewer Fees in FY 2023

(Update) NHK to Reduce Viewer Fees in FY 2023

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that it will lower its viewer fees in fiscal 2023, but its leader, Terunobu Maeda, stopped short of clarifying whether to make the reduction a permanent measure.
   The fee reform plan is included in its business program for fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2023, announced on the day. Specifically, NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp., will implement the reduction using about 70 billion yen, equivalent to some 10 pct of its annual viewer fee revenue, totaling around 700 billion yen, out of its reserve funds.
   At a press conference, Maeda said that viewer fees can be cut by 300 yen a month, for 3,600 yen a year, if reductions for satellite television broadcasting are implemented using 70 billion yen of reserve funds to cover the costs.
   But he added that he cannot say at the moment the fee cut will be a temporary or permanent measure.
   NHK's viewer fees have been lowered twice since the current fee system was introduced in 1968. The planned third reduction is set to be the largest ever.

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