March 4, 1943 |
Yamada, Fukuoka Prefecture
|Alma mater||Department of Economics, Kyushu University|
|Occupation||Director General NHK 2013 - 2017|
Katsuto Momii (籾井 勝人 Momii Katsuto, born 4 March 1943) is a Japanese businessman who was elected as NHK's 21st Director-General on 20 December 2013. He worked for Mitsui & Co. from 1965 until 2005. From 2005 until 2011 he worked as President and representative director of Unisys Japan.
On 25 January 2014 at his first interview with the press upon being appointed Director-General Momii caused controversy by playing down the issue of the sexual slavery of so-called comfort women by the Japanese military in World War II. As head of Japan's state run media he also said that NHK should support the Japanese government in its territorial dispute with China and South Korea. It was subsequently reported by the Japan Times that on his first day at NHK Momii asked members of the executive team to hand in their resignation on the grounds that they had all been appointed by his predecessor.
Notes and references
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- "BBC News - Japan NHK boss Momii sparks WWII 'comfort women' row". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Japan TV chief dismisses wartime sex slavery - Asia-Pacific". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "NHK chairman says fuss over ‘comfort women’ perplexing". Taipei Times. January 27, 2014.
- "New NHK chief: 'comfort women' only wrong per 'today's morality'; programming must push Japan's territorial stances". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "NHK chief ‘asked senior management to quit’ on first day in office". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-22.