A senior employee at Nihonkai Television, an affiliate of Nippon Television Network in Tottori City, Japan, has been fired for embezzlement. It was revealed on November 28 that the employee misappropriated approximately 11.18 million yen (around $76,000 USD), including about 2.65 million yen (around $18,000 USD) in donations from the charity program "24-Hour Television."
Nihonkai Television publicly disclosed the misconduct on their official website and filed a complaint with the Tottori Police Station. The station's statement condemned the embezzlement as a betrayal of public trust and a selfish enrichment at the expense of donors' goodwill.
In their apology, Nihonkai Television acknowledged their failure in overseeing the funds for a decade, admitting that the former executive had been embezzling for ten years. They expressed deep regret for causing such an unacceptable situation, given their role as a public broadcaster. The station has also pledged to prevent such incidents from happening again.
This scandal has sparked significant controversy, questioning the very purpose of the "24-Hour Television" program. Outraged reactions and comments such as "horrible" and "unbelievable" are flooding social media, indicating widespread public dismay. The implications of this scandal seem poised to create widespread repercussions.