Since 1935, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN has been broadcasting shortwave radio signals. In the 2012 broadcasting year, the service provides a total of 55 hours and 55 minutes a day of broadcasts in 18 languages, including English and Japanese, about what is happening right now in Japan.
Broadcasts are provided in 18 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.
In the 2012 broadcasting year, our programs in Arabic, Indonesia, Persian, Bengali and Swahili are also being transmitted on FM, and the programs in Arabic, Urdu, Persian and Russian are being transmitted on the Medium Wave band.
Broadcasts in English, Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Swahili, Thai, French, Persian and Russian are also transmitted via satellite (Ku band) to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Services in Japanese, English, Arabic, Indonesia, Urdu, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Burmese, Hindi, French, Persian, Bengali, Portuguese and Russian are also transmitted via satellite (C band).
We broadcast news and programs on many aspects of contemporary Japan, including politics, the economy and industry, culture, science, music and other performing arts.
Some NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN programs are provided to 21 overseas broadcasting organizations in 14 countries and territories for broadcast on their own frequencies.
In the 2012 broadcasting year, Japanese language broadcasts are being provided to broadcasters in Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Brazil, Britain, Paraguay and the United States; French broadcasts to Burundi, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Indonesian broadcasts to Indonesia; Thai broadcasts to Thailand; Vietnamese broadcasts to Vietnam; Spanish broadcasts to Mexico; Swahili broadcasts to Tanzania and Burundi. These are broadcast locally on FM, Medium Wave, etc.