Regarding the issue of Johnny Kitagawa's sexual assault, NHK Chairman Inaba announced at a press conference that new requests for talents belonging to Johnny's Office will not be made for the time being until it is confirmed that efforts to compensate victims and prevent recurrence will be steadily implemented.
In response, Chairman Inaba explained that in response to the sexual assault issue of Mr. Johnny Kitagawa, NHK requested Johnny's Office to take appropriate and prompt measures to compensate victims and prevent recurrence last week.
On top of that, regarding the appointment of talent belonging to Johnny's Office, he clarified that "talents whose appearances in programs and other programs have already been decided by contract will continue as before, and we will not request new appearances for the time being until it is confirmed that efforts to compensate victims and prevent recurrence are steadily implemented."
In addition, NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve will be handled according to this policy.
On the other hand, a reporter in his 30s who belongs to the NHK News Bureau said that he was suspected of making fraudulent expense claims, saying, "It is outrageous and I deeply apologize, and I would like to establish a third-party committee consisting of external experts to thoroughly investigate and deal with it strictly."