NHK leader pledges fair broadcasting after controversial comments

The president of Japan's public broadcaster NHK pledged fair broadcasting Thursday after making controversial comments last month on wartime sex slavery and other matters.

"My policy of basing broadcasting on such principles as fairness and freedom of expression under the broadcasting law has remained unchanged," Katsuto Momii said at his first regular press conference after the comments.

At a press conference upon his assumption of the NHK post on Jan. 25, Momii said that wartime sex slavery was seen in "every country."

He retracted these comments after they came under fire at home and abroad.