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Receiving Fee System

Receiving fee ststem
  • Receving fee system

    NHK is funded through TV receiving fees, which are paid equally by every household and business with a television set. The fees are the main source of income for NHK, making up nearly 100% of the total.

    The Broadcast Law of Japan requires anyone who has TV receiving equipment to conclude a receiving contract with NHK. Viewers are not asked to pay to access specific programs, but to support NHK’s operations as a whole.

  • Financial Independence

    The receiving fee system ensures NHK’s financial independence, which guarantees NHK’s editorial independence and impartiality.

    The duty of a public broadcaster is to deliver impartial, high-quality programs. Programs should never be influenced by the government or a private organization. A wide range of programs and a balanced programming should be also provided, with no influence imposed by ratings or the interests of a third party.

    In order to fulfill this duty, NHK’s financial independence must be guaranteed. NHK’s independence is made possible through receiving fees.

    Japan’s broadcasting industry has developed through the co-existence of two kinds of broadcasters funded by different sources: Public broadcaster NHK and commercial broadcasters that earn an income from commercials or subscriptions.

  • Receiving Fees

    Anyone who has installed equipment capable of receiving satellite broadcasts is required to pay a fee for the Satellite Contract. Viewers who are only able to receive terrestrial broadcasts are required to pay for the Terrestrial Contract.

    Receiving fees (tax included)

    Type of contractFee per monthSix-month advance paymentTwelve-month advance payment
    Terrestrial ContractAccount transfer ⁄
    Credit card
    ¥1,260¥7,190¥13,990
    Postal order¥1,310¥7,475¥14,545
    Satellite ContractAccount transfer ⁄
    Credit card
    ¥2,230¥12,730¥24,770
    Postal order¥2,280¥13,015¥25,320
    • - The Satellite Contract includes the fee for the Terrestrial Contract.
    • - The receiving fee in Okinawa Prefecture is different from the rest of Japan.

    NHK will continue to pursue an equitable sharing of the burden of receiving fees and promote viewers’ understanding of the receiving fee system.

    For more details, please go to “Receiving fees”.

  • Article 64 of the Broadcast Law:

    Any person who has installed receiving equipment capable of receiving the broadcasting provided by NHK shall conclude a contract with NHK with regard to the reception of its broadcasting. However, this shall not apply to those who have installed receiving equipment not intended for the reception of broadcasting, or receiving equipment solely for the reception of radio broadcasting or multiplex broadcasting (broadcasting of voice and other sound transmissions not coming under television broadcasting and multiplex broadcasting classifications).