The head of a Japanese wire service resigned on Monday over circulating the plagiarized report of a rival news agency.
Jiji Press President Masahiro Nakata announced his resignation owning responsibility for a reporter plagiarizing content from competitor Kyodo News.
Apologizing to Kyodo News as well as Jiji Press subscribers and readers, Nakata said it was unforgivable that a Jiji Press reporter copied an article produced by another agency. He said the act broke people's trust in his service.
Jiji Press held an emergency Board meeting on Monday to find a replacement For Nakata who will continue until June 30.
The news agency says a reporter at its Washington bureau based his story on a Kyodo News article last Wednesday. The plagiarized piece was distributed to subscribers.
The Kyodo name appeared in the dateline of a Jiji Press report on a Dutch bank paying fines to the U.S. government, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.
by RTT Staff Writer
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