A resident in Tokyo today forfeited a home delivered Amazon package for fear of facing off with NHK Guy, otherwise known as NHK-Phobia.
A knock on the door triggered the woman to immediately reach for the TV remote and lower the volume – but not too quick as to create a sudden shift in sound levels.
The woman assumed the frozen position waiting for a voice from outside that never came, only to find a post delivery ticket in the mail.
“I don’t watch Japanese TV anyway, only when there’s an earthquake do I then rely on NHK,” the woman said just before turning her television set back on.
NHK-Phobia, also known as Paying-For-Nothing-Phobia, is a cause of heartache for NHK collectors nationwide.
Symptoms include complaining about poor quality programming and the excessive screening of famous people eating food.
“Today’s successful escape means I can use the funds I saved to pay for my monthly WOWOW subscription,” the victim said.
The woman intends to install a keyhole next month to safely receive her next package – totalling around the same amount of the yearly NHK fee.