But perhaps the weirdest of all are government fees for public television in Japan. Not only do the bill collectors go door to door soliciting payment, but some administrators are looking to make people pay the fees whether they own a TV or not.
Public television in Japan is administered by the broadcasting organization NHK. The quirkiness of NHK fees doesn’t stop with the legion of elderly bill collectors it dispatches to knock on citizens’ doors to collect annual fees, which are 13,600 yen (US$136), or 24,090 yen for owners of satellite TVs. Despite their widespread unpopularity, though, the law states no penalties for non-payment.
So if I'm living in Tokyo and bangin' on my CRT for old-skool gaming fun, I am still expected to cough up this dough? I get that there are ways to BS around this, but Jesus. My first thought: If it's government-run, why don't they collect the funds through income or sales tax? Anyway, do you gentlemen (and gentleladies?) have any interesting experiences dealing with these guys?