| Hiroshi Hasegawa|
(journalist, 9-11/Premature death)
|Died||15 October 2001|
NHK broadcasting center, Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death
|Victim of||premature death|
An "exceptionally erudite" TV commentator who publicly urged caution about the claim that 9/11 was a Muslim led operation. His sudden death the next month was little reported by corporate media.
Hiroshi Hasegawa was an "exceptionally erudite" Japanese television commentator and expert on "terrorism" who commented on the September 11 attacks. He reportedly remarked on the absence of Jews amongst the victims and advised viewers to be cautious in accepting George W. Bush's claim that the perpetrators were Arab terrorists.
Hiroshi Hasegawa "joined NHK in 1971 and became a commentator in 1997 after working in the network’s political affairs section and serving as manager of its Bangkok bureau. He had served as a senior commentator since 1998 and appeared Oct. 10 on a special program on the terrorist attacks, according to NHK."
September 11, 2001
Hiroshi Hasegawa, aged 55, "was found on the ground near the NHK broadcasting center in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward" on the morning of Monday, 15 October 2001 "and was pronounced dead soon after, according to the national public television network", which announced his death two days later, adding that police believed he fell to his death and were conducting an investigation. The channel is not known to have revealed the name of the person who found him, although the names of 2 alleged witnesses have been suggested to be Yoshiko Yamazaki and Sarah Tanigawa.
Various Japanese commercially-controlled media outlets ran unusually small stories about Hasegawa's death. Claiming an "embargo" (i.e. a media blackout) Zak Zaurus remarked that "small articles about his death finally appeared on major Japanese papers on the third day of the discovery." Many of these are no longer available, but the Japan Times' short report of his death entitled "NHK pundit dead in suspected fall" was still online as of September 2017. "
“No magazines have ever covered his unnatural and strange death since then. No TV stations have covered his suspicious death. No journalists have dared to mention the name Hiroshi HASEGAWA and his death. His death has been “taboo” in Japanese media since 2001.”
Hiroshi Hasegawa (12 January 2015)