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TOKYO — Pubcaster NHK has appointed Masayuki Matsumoto, vice chairman of central Japan railway, as its next prexy.

The NHK board made the appointment at an extraordinary meeting Saturday, following the announcement last week that its previous appointee for the job, former Keio U. prexy Yuichiro Anzai, was turning down the offer. Anzai angrily told the press that the board had believed rumors about his unreasonable requests for perks and appointments.

Matsumoto, 66, whose three-year stint as president starts on Jan. 25, has no broadcasting experience but served as prexy of the J.R. Tokai Railroad from 2004 to 2010, when he became vice chair.

He replaces Shigeo Fukuchi, 76, a former exec with beverage giant Asahi, who resigned after one three-year term for reasons of health and age.

In explaining the choice of Matsumoto to reporters, board rep Yoshinori Yasuda said, “Broadcasters and railroaders can’t slack off for even a second or it might lead to an accident. In that sense they’re the same.”

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