TV host under fire over gun

Strict firearm laws triggered investigation of Harada

TOKYO -- TV presenter Noburo Harada has fallen afoul of Japan's stringent Swords and Firearms Control Law by holding a gun without legal permission for six seconds during a live broadcast.

Harada, a former musician now working as a TV "talento," held the rifle briefly in a segment about a regional hunting club on the Biwako Hoso channel, a local network announced Tuesday.

For an unlicensed individual to even touch a gun requires permission from local safety authorities. Local police have searched Biwako Hoso's offices and are understood to be pressing charges.

Japan has the lowest rate of firearm deaths in the world, approximately one per 2 million people annually.
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