The Party to Protect the People from NHK: Party Political Broadcast

With 38 days left till 2020, Tales From Tabata continues its 2019 in review with this party political broadcast from the Japanese House of Councillors election this past July.

NHK customarily airs the party political broadcasts of candidates who stand for seats in the proportional representation blocks. One of my friends in Japan showed me this video when I visited Tokyo in August and thought it was ironic that NHK had to air a 15-minute video of a politician criticizing NHK, and that the only way the party could get its message on TV was through NHK. But isn’t that the beauty of public service broadcasting?

Tachibana Takashi, the man in the video, ultimately won his seat in the election.