80 Years of NHK WORLD
Your Eye on Asia
Ninety years have passed since radio broadcasting began in Japan. International broadcasting started ten years later. The year 2015 marks its 80th anniversary. NHK has deep remorse for allowing its international broadcasting to be used as propaganda for national policy. So, since it resumed international broadcasting in 1952, it has been operating based on the principles of freedom and democracy. In the 1990s, international broadcasting entered the TV age. In 2009, NHK launched a 24-hour all-English TV news channel. NHK aims to achieve its goal of offering reliable international broadcasting viewers want to watch.
Telling the World about Japan
2015 is a landmark year for NHK WORLD. NHK WORLD TV, which began in 1995, marks its 20th anniversary. It has been 15 years since NHK WORLD ONLINE began. Internationalization is making marked advances with accelerating exchanges of people and information. NHK WORLD will keep on linking Japan and the rest of the world as a reliable public medium, reporting on various fields such as politics, economics, society and culture.
- 1995 International TV broadcasting begins.
- 1998 NHK WORLD TV goes on the air.
- 2009 24-hour all-English TV news channel launched.
International TV Broadcasting in English,
NHK WORLD TV, Strengthening its Power of Message
NHK WORLD TV is NHK’s international broadcasting for foreign viewers in English around the clock. On weekdays, it airs a 30-minute English news program, “NEWSLINE,” every hour on the hour. In the second half-hour, it broadcasts programs and documentaries featuring lifestyles and people in Japan and other parts of Asia.
In April 2015, it began broadcasting a new major news program, “NEWSROOM TOKYO”, and a debate program, “GLOBAL AGENDA”. On weekends, cartoons and various other entertainment programs are offered.
Journeys in Japan
A travelogue in which
a foreign reporter visits various parts of Japan and discovers their charms from a foreign perspective.
(Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.~, etc.)
Sushi and Beyond
An animated version of British food journalist Michael Booth’s best-selling book, Sushi And Beyond,about his family’s journey of eating in Japan.
(Sunday, 9:10 p.m.~, etc.)
An Information program on Japanese cars, which lead the world’s auto market,their attractions and Japan’s unique car culture.
(Friday, 0:30 a.m.~, etc.)
Latest information on
Japan’s pop culture such as manga, anime and games.
(Tuesday, 9.30 a.m.~ etc.)
- 1935 International radio broadcasting begins.
- 1952 After WW II, NHK’s overseas radio service reopens as Radio Japan.
- 2000 Live streaming of Radio Japan news begins (in 22 languages).
- 2012 Apps for smartphones and tablet terminals released.
Broadcasting Abroad in 18 Languages
Since international radio broadcasting began in 1935, shortwave was the norm for about 70 years. But now, a variety of other means are also used, depending on media situations in target areas. Such means include medium wave, FM, satellite radio, the Internet and smartphone apps.
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese and Japanese.
- 2000 Streaming begins for Radio Japan news in 22 languages.
- 2009 Live streaming begins for NHK WORLD TV in English.
- 2010 NHK begins offering apps for NHK WORLD TV.
- 2015 NHK WORLD TV begins video-on-demand service.
NHK WORLD ONLINE Expanded
VOD Service To Start
NHK WORLD ONLINE offers live streaming of Radio Japan and NHK WORLD TV. In 2015, it fully renewed its homepage and began offering a catch-up service for about ten TV programs to allow viewers to watch them if they missed.