Ignoring the doorbell ringing may no longer protect you from the ever lingering NHK Man.
Ask anyone who’s lived in Japan for a while what the three most annoying things here are and they’ll probably tell you: mosquitoes, cockroaches, and the nhk man. It may seem surprising that a public broadcasting company has caused such universal loathing, but since debt collectors who charge NHK fees are known to collect fees in a way that is no different from loan sharks, it is not It’s not hard to understand why.
Now, thanks to a new initiative by Japan Post, NHK Man’s ruthless harassment to get people to cough for a TV license will not just be limited to persistent door-to-door calls, but also by post.
On June 17, Japan Post announced a new special service where mail can be delivered without needing the name of the recipient — a simple address will suffice to have it delivered. The service was introduced on a trial basis last June to help “support NHK subscription fee collection operationsin areas such as sending bank transfer forms and documents to households without an NHK license. After several other companies asked to be able to use the services, the “Special Delivery Mail” service was formalized.
Each item sent will cost, in addition to regular postage, an additional 150 yen (US$1.17) for standard mail, which is considerably cheaper than the average hourly wage of NHK Man.
Netizens had a lot to say about Japan Post’s new initiative; considering that NHK is universally hated, most comments were unsurprisingly negative.
“NHK is desperate! It’s no different from regular junk mail. Waste.”
“If NHK has money to spend on such things, they should use it to remove license fees instead.”
“Considering all we’re going to do is tear up the letters and throw them away, what’s the point?”
“I can see this turning into kind of a breeding ground for fraud.”
Unfortunately, the Post Office’s new initiative means that this tactic to get the NHK man to leave you alone might not be as effective anymore. Anyone who wants to avoid paying the fee will have to think of more creative ways to keep their NHK mailboxes free, like nailing a board over the letter slot. Alternatively, you can just…you know, pay.
Source: Sankei News via Jin
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