The Party to Protect the People From NHK
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The Party to Protect the People From NHK
The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act
LeaderTakashi Tachibana
Deputy LeaderHodaka Maruyama
Masanobu ?hashi
Secretary-GeneralTakashi Uesugi
Councilors LeaderSatoshi Hamada
Representatives LeaderHodaka Maruyama
Founded17 June 2013 (17 June 2013)
Headquarters?124-0023 Park Tower Tokyo East Room 407, 1-4-3 Higashishinkoiwa, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Colors  Sky blue   Yellow
Slogan"Destroy NHK!"
City, special ward, town and village assembly members

The Party to Protect the People from NHK, self-abbreviated as the NHK Party (NHK?), is a populist[2] and single-issue political party in Japan founded on 17 June 2013 by activist Takashi Tachibana. The party's original goal was to oppose the national broadcasting organization NHK license fee, and its manifesto consists of only one policy, revising the 1950 Broadcasting Law to implement scramble broadcasting, which would mean that only those who watch NHK pay for it. The party's slogan is "NHK o bukkowasu!" (NHK!, "Destroy NHK!").[4] It has underwent a series of renames, the most recent (as of July 2021) being The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act (Japanese: NHK72?).


The party was formed as the NHK License Fee Non-Payment Party (NHK?, NHK jushinry? fubarai t?) on 17 June 2013, but changed its name a month later on 23 July 2013 to The Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK, NHK kara kokumin o mamoru t?), commonly shortened to N-Koku Party (N) or just N-Koku. Its name was again changed in January 2021 to The Party to Protect our People from NHK (NHK, NHK kara jikokumin o mamoru t?), officially abbreviated to NHK Party (NHK?). This change, the addition of the character ? (ji, our) before (kokumin, people/citizen) did not alter the meaning of the party's name, but was intended to allow the party use the official abbreviation Jimint? (), that of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.[5] This was rejected by the Internal Affairs Ministry, however, and so the abbreviation was instead changed to "NHK Party".[6] The party's official website used the English name "The Party to Protect Citizens from NHK",[7] but the English-speaking press has preferred the translation "The Party to Protect the People from NHK". The party again changed its name to The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK?, NHK jushinry? o shiharawanai h?h? o oshieru t?) on 5 February 2021, and announced that it intended to keep changing its name in future, while maintaining the "NHK Party" short form as the party's common name.[8][9] On 17 May 2021, the party changed its name to The Party to Protect People from Old Political Parties (, furui seit? kara kokumin o mamoru t?).[10][11] On 28 June 2021, the party changed its name to Storm Party (Japanese: ). On 21 July 2021, the party changed its name to The party fighting against NHK in the trial for violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act (Japanese: NHK72?).


Old logomark of party

The founder of the party, Takashi Tachibana, is a former employee of Japan's national broadcasting organization NHK. He resigned from his position in the accounting department at NHK after having leaked internal corruption to weekly magazine Sh?kan Bunshun in 2005. In 2012, he founded the "Tachibana one-man broadcasting station", a YouTube channel that vowed to fight against NHK.[12] In 2013, this evolved into The Party to Protect the People from NHK. Tachibana used YouTube to bypass the mass media, which would not cover his activism. Over the years, he used YouTube to gain multiple local council seats, and finally, in 2019, the party won its first seat in the Diet in the summer 2019 House of Councillors election.[12] The party also gained a seat in the House of Representatives when Hodaka Maruyama joined the party on 29 July 2019.[12]

The party mainly exists to counter bad behaviour by NHK license fee money collectors,[13][14] who Tachibana says have connections to Yakuza.[12] The party issues a special sticker to protect citizen's properties from these collectors, and has a call center to help people avoid paying the license fee.[12] While it is required by law to make a contract with NHK if one owns a device capable of receiving the NHK signal, the law does not impose any punishment for nonpayment of the license fee.[12] Lacking a means of criminal prosecution, NHK has resorted to using debt collectors to pressure people for payment, and Tachibana wants to eliminate the license fee system and make NHK like any other subscription television channel, where only those that want to watch it must pay.[]

The rise of the party is described as part of rising distrust of the mass media in Japan by researcher Max Guerrera-Sapone.[12]


  1. ^ "N ?". ? (in Japanese). 2019-07-22.
  2. ^ a b Shiromoto, Koji (10 August 2019). "7 winners and losers from a deeply ambiguous Japanese election". McGill International Review. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "NNHK?". ? (in Japanese). 2019-08-10.
  4. ^ "After stunning election win, anti-NHK party sets higher goal:The Asahi Shimbun". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved .[dead link]
  5. ^ "N? ". Sankei News (in Japanese). 2020-12-22. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "?3?". Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. 2020-12-22. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "NHK!". NHK (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  8. ^ "N NHK". Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese). 5 February 2021.
  9. ^ "?NNHK ?NHK". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 29 January 2021.
  10. ^ "NHK". Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). 2021-05-17. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Protect the Nation from NHK Party becomes Protect the Nation from Old Parties Party". Japan Today. Retrieved .
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Guerrera-Sapone, Max (15 January 2021). "YouTube and Japan's New Political Underground: The Rise and Decline of The Party to Protect the People From NHK". The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
  13. ^ ""NHK Fee Collector Leaves Note Threatening Impending "Crackdown"". GaijinPot Blog. 26 February 2019.
  14. ^ "NHK fee collector leaves threatening notes on people's doorsteps". Japan Today. Retrieved .

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