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2014年4月 5日 (土)

(社説)NHK経営委 監督責任を果たせ

April 04, 2014
EDITORIAL: Passage of NHK budget should not let Momii off the hook
(社説)NHK経営委 監督責任を果たせ

During Japan Broadcasting Corp.’s (NHK) entrance ceremony for new recruits on April 1, President Katsuto Momii said, “An act of just one NHK employee could cause the public broadcaster to lose public trust altogether.” He also said, “The influence your acts have on NHK and Japanese society or the weight of the responsibilities you have to shoulder for your acts are far greater now than they were until yesterday.”
 「たった1人の行為がNHKに対する信頼のすべてを崩壊させることもある」「自らの行為の影響や責任の重さは昨日までとは全く違う」

Momii was apparently trying to make the new employees aware of the serious responsibility of their jobs at NHK.
 NHKの入局式で籾井勝人会長はそう語り、新人の職員らに自覚を求めた。

Since assuming his current post in January, however, Momii himself has said and done many things that have called into question his awareness of the responsibility of his job as NHK chief. We wonder how his remarks at the entrance ceremony sounded to NHK employees and viewers.
 1月の就任以来、まさにその自覚を問われてきたのは会長自身である。その言葉は職員や視聴者にどう響いただろう。

At the end of March, the Diet approved NHK’s budget plan for fiscal 2014.
 2014年度NHK予算案が3月末に国会で承認された。

NHK’s Board of Governors, which appointed Momii as president, argued that Diet approval of the budget plan would indicate that Momii had offered convincing explanations to viewers about his controversial remarks and actions.
 会長が視聴者への説明責任を果たしたかどうかは、国会承認が一つの目安になる。会長を任命した経営委員会はそんな見解を示してきた。

But Momii’s performance at the Diet was far from being helpful in winning back the confidence of viewers.
 だが、国会での会長の言動は信頼を取り戻したとは、到底言えないものだった。

At his inaugural news conference in late January, Momii made remarks that sounded like a total endorsement of the government’s policies. Regarding NHK’s international broadcasts that touch upon territorial issues, Momii said, “When the government is saying ‘right,’ we cannot say ‘left.’” He also said about the much-criticized state secrets protection law, “It is useless to argue about it now that it has already passed the Diet.”
 「政府が右ということを左というわけにはいかない」「(特定秘密保護法は)通っちゃったんで言ってもしょうがない」

During a subsequent Diet session, Momii apologized for his comments, which cast doubt on NHK’s political neutrality. “I carelessly expressed my personal views at the news conference,” he said. On other issues, however, Momii only repeatedly said, as if mechanically reading from a note, “I will do (my duty) according to the Broadcast Law.” He failed to convince the public that he had done sincere soul-searching on his questionable acts.
 就任会見での政府に寄り添うような発言については国会で、「会見の場で個人的な見解を言ってしまった」と陳謝した。だが、それ以外は「放送法に基づいてやっていく」とメモを棒読みするような答弁を繰り返すばかり。真摯(しんし)な反省は伝わってこなかった。

During Diet sessions, lawmakers repeatedly urged Momii to return the undated letters of resignation he had forced all members of NHK’s Executive Board to submit. Momii’s move has been criticized by the business community as a heavy-handed management method. But he refused to return the letters to the members, saying only, “I will not abuse my power on personnel affairs.”
 議員は再三、理事全員に書かせた日付なしの辞表を返すよう促した。強権的な経営手法と財界も疑問視する問題だ。だが会長は「人事権の乱用はしない」と言い張り、拒んだ。

Forcing employees to submit letters of resignation is in itself an intimidating act that could cause the people to cower. Momii refused to change his ways even after being rebuked. There are legitimate concerns about whether the broadcaster, under his leadership, can create programs in an active manner and protect the health of journalism within the organization.
 辞表を出させるというのは、それ自体が人を萎縮させる行為である。それをとがめられても改めないトップのもとで、伸び伸びした番組づくりができるのか、健全なジャーナリズム精神は守られるのか。そう心配するのは当然だ。

It is assumed that NHK’s budget, which is mainly financed by viewing fees paid by a broad range of people, should in principle be approved by the Diet with support from both the ruling and opposition parties. This time around, however, six opposition parties voted against the budget plan, causing a lack of unanimity on the NHK budget within the Diet for the first time in eight years.
 広く集める受信料でまかなうNHK予算は、与野党の理解を得て承認されるのが原則だ。しかし今回は野党6党が反対し、8年ぶりに全会一致が崩れた。

A supplementary resolution also called on NHK to make efforts to regain public confidence by pointing out that some words and deeds of senior executives have been severely criticized. This is certainly an extraordinary manner for the approval of NHK’s budget plan in the Diet.
 付帯決議には「役員の言動に厳しい批判が寄せられていることから、信頼の回復に努めること」という注文までついた。異常な形での予算承認だ。

The Board of Governors has so far twice admonished Momii to mend his ways. It has also issued a statement saying it regrets the fact that it had to twice admonish the president. However, it is doubtful whether Momii has taken seriously what the Board of Governors told him.
 経営委はこれまで会長に2回注意し、さらに「2度も注意せざるを得なかったのは遺憾」との文書を発表した。それらを会長が真剣に受けとめているかどうか、心もとない。

The Board of Governors is a supervisory body with the power to dismiss the president. It should adopt a tough stance toward Momii’s inappropriate behavior and compel him to return the letters of resignation.  会長の罷免(ひめん)権を持つ監督機関である経営委は、辞表を返還させ、厳しく向き合うべきだ。

The board will be accused of failing to carry out its duties if it loosens its efforts to rein in the president out of concerns about being held accountable for appointing him to the post.
自らの任命責任を問われることを恐れ、会長を律する手を緩めるようであれば、責務を果たしているとはいえない。

--The Asahi Shimbun, April 4

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