Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Number of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Subscribers, 1952-2014

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) is a public TV station. Each TV set owner must have a contract with NHK by the Broadcast Act, regardless of whether you watch NHK or not. The owners have to pay the subscription fee every year.

The data below show the changes in the number of HNK subscribers between 1952 and 2014.

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Year Subscribers
1952 1,485
1953 16,779
1954 52,882
1955 165,666
1956 419,364
1957 908,710
1958 1,982,379
1959 4,148,683
1960 6,860,472
1961 10,222,116
1962 13,378,973
1963 15,662,921
1964 17,132,090
1965 18,224,213
1966 19,246,542
1967 20,270,487
1968 21,220,733
1969 22,087,548
1970 22,818,567
1971 23,520,254
1972 24,433,463
1973 24,924,985
1974 25,753,396
1975 26,544,758
1976 27,058,881
1977 27,773,219
1978 28,393,682
1979 28,931,692
1980 29,262,991
1981 29,789,395
1982 30,403,046
1983 30,798,606
1984 31,061,592
1985 31,509,288
1986 31,954,635
1987 32,396,565
1988 32,839,193
1989 33,188,737
1990 33,542,701
1991 33,937,251
1992 34,344,041
1993 34,701,008
1994 35,027,169
1995 35,377,295
1996 35,816,023
1997 36,282,854
1998 36,597,117
1999 36,878,354
2000 37,273,692
2001 37,678,546
2002 37,952,740
2003 38,156,694
2004 37,921,228
2005 37,512,314
2006 37,547,418
2007 37,803,825
2008 38,202,289
2009 38,932,215
2010 39,751,150
2011 40,274,454
2012 40,828,611
2013 41,412,141
2014 42,000,820
   

Source is NHK.

pid.nhk.or.jp/jushinryo/know/jyushinryo.html

pid.nhk.or.jp/jushinryo/know/pdf/toukei2014.pdf

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If you dislike NHK channel and you do not watch NHK, is it necessary to pay the fee?

Yes, you have to pay the fee regardless of whether you watch NHK channel or not.

 

If your TV was broken and you can not watch NHK, is it necessary to pay the fee?

Yes, as long as you have the TV set itself, you have to pay the fee.

 

NHK often sues the viewers who do not pay the fee.

 

Related Topics

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.