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Japanese court rules to make TV license fee mandatory

The Japanese Supreme Court ruled the payment of public broadcasting fees to support the Japan Broadcasting Corp. mandatory, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 6.

In a 14-to-1 ruling, the Supreme Court denied a complainant's legal challenge against the broadcasting fee, saying the funding "was adopted with the aim of effectively fulfilling the people's right to know under the freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 21 of the constitution."

At present, Japanese households with broadcast TV pay ¥1,260 a month, while those with satellite TV pay ¥2,230. The Japan Broadcasting Corp. reported about $6 billion in revenues collected from the broadcasting fees in the year ended March 2017, equivalent to 96% of its total revenue.

As of Dec. 6, US$1 was equivalent to ¥112.25.