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Gov’t says no concrete plans to scrap political neutrality clause in Broadcast Law

  • April 4, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

The government adopted at a cabinet meeting on April 3 a written response which states that “the government has not studied any concrete plans to scrap” Article 4 of the Broadcast Law stipulating the political neutrality of radio and TV programs. This was in response to a query from Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan House of Representatives member Akihiro Hatsushika.


In reality, reform of the broadcasting systems, including the scrapping of Article 4, has been studied in the government. It is believed that the written response is meant to stress that concrete plans have not been made.


The opposition is wary that the scrapping of Article 4 may lead to more politically-biased programming.

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