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Outspoken NHK boss makes power grab at Japanese broadcaster

Published on Feb 25, 2014 5:15 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The controversial boss of NHK, who has defended Japan's practice of wartime sex slavery, has launched a power grab at the public broadcaster, it emerged on Tuesday, forcing directors to submit undated resignations.

In a revelation that looked set to stir further controversy at the embattled broadcaster, executive directors of the company told lawmakers that Mr Katsuto Momii had made them write letters of resignation.

This would allow Mr Momii, the NHK chairman, effectively to fire them whenever he chose.

The directors - who have charge of the day-to-day running of the body, including editorial control - are selected by the chairman of the time with the consent of the government-appointed committee that dictates NHK's management policy, a spokesman for the broadcaster said.

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