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NHK more than did justice to tale of gun attack on Asahi bureau

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29.01.2018

On the night of Jan. 27, I watched the drama “Sekihotai Jiken” (Sekihotai Incident), which was produced and aired by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK).

It was about a gunman’s attack on the Asahi Shimbun’s Hanshin Bureau in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, in 1987. The shooting 31 years ago killed Tomohiro Kojiri, a 29-year-old reporter who was working at the bureau.

Many of my senior colleagues who mentored me on journalism and news reporting appeared in the drama under their real names.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen even for a moment.

The protagonist of the true-to-life drama, played by former SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, is Tsuyoshi Hida, 65, who retired from the newspaper at the end of last year.

Soon after the gun attack on the bureau occurred on........

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