NHK announced Tuesday that as part of its three-year corporate plan, monthly subscription fees will become cheaper by 120 yen as of October 2012.
This will be the first time that the public broadcaster has reduced fees for TV since 1968.
Current subscription fees are 1,345 yen per month. Anyone who pays by credit card or bank transfer will pay 120 yen less per month (8.9%), while viewers who pay at convenience stores will pay 70 yen less (5.2%).
NHK said in its report that it will provide world-class programs and improve its broadcasting capabilities in the event of disasters similar to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.