Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
Last updated at 2:13PM, October 17 2014
A ban on reference to the Rape of Nanking is seen as a surrender of editorial independence by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK
Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, has banned any reference to the notorious Rape of Nanking, to the country’s use of wartime sex slaves, and to its territorial dispute with China, in what critics see as a surrender of its editorial independence.
In a secret internal document, obtained by The Times, journalists on NHK’s English-language services are instructed about the precise phrasing to be used in reporting some of the most controversial topics in Japanese politics. The rules appear to reflect the position of the government of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s conservative nationalist prime minister.
The revelation follows the assertion by NHK’s chairman,