Hiroshi Hasegawa, Chief Commentator and political news analyst at NHK (the only public TV channel in Japan) and expert on “terrorism,” revealed that Israeli nationals were warned a few hours before 9/11 by a text message sent in Hebrew through a telecommunication company based in Israel called Odigo. This was reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Using the “people-search” function, the users of the Odigo Messenger could send anonymous messages anywhere in the world to other users, who they could find based on demographics or location. The message was sent on the early morning of September 11, 2001.
He also 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. 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.”
The channel announced the “suicide” of the journalist on October 17, 2001. He actually died on October 15. The channel never revealed the name of the person who found him. He was preparing his next show and had no reason to kill himself. Of course, it terrorized the other journalists.
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.
Zak Zaurus writes that “the police decided the case as a suicide even without performing autopsy”. No suicide note was found.
Various Japanese mainstream 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.”