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NHK execs go in fake order scandal

March 16, 2016

By Chris Forrester

Keiichi Kubota, the president of NHK ITEC, the technology and commercial arm of Japan’s public broadcaster, has resigned, along with other senior colleagues as a result of the fall-out over a Yen 200 million scandal involving two members of NHK ITEC staff.

Last month on February 9th two employees of NHK ITEC were dismissed having been found to have pocketed Yen 198 million (about $1.7 million) over a period of 6 years and having issued fabricated and false business orders.

At the same time Japan’s government demanded that supervisory heads should roll at NHK, although there’s no suggestion that any of the executives had been involved in the scandal.

A government inquiry is proposing that NHK reform its processes and procedures to eliminate the slew of scandals that have beset the broadcaster lately.

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