NHK WORLD

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.

NHK WORLD TV/NHK WORLD PREMIUM/NHK WOLRD RADIO JAPAN/NHK WORLD ONLINE

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.

NHK WORLD TV
  • 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
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
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.)

SAMURAI WHEELS
SAMURAI WHEELS

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.)

imagine-nation
imagine-nation

Latest information on
Japan’s pop culture such as manga, anime and games.
(Tuesday, 9.30 a.m.~ etc.)

NHK WORLD PREMIUM
  • 1998  NHK WORLD PREMIUM starts; subscription-based service only in Japanese(scrambled)
  • 1999   NHK WORLD PREMIUM airs around the clock
  • 2008  NHK WORLD PREMIUM begins non-scrambled broadcasting for about 5 hours a day

NHK WORLD PREMIUM
Offering a Variety of Programs in Japanese Language

This service offers various domestic programs essentially for Japanese abroad. The programs are selected from those aired on NHK’s four domestic channels: General TV, Educational TV, BS1 and BS Premium. They include news and other information programs, dramas, music shows, children’s programs and sports such as sumo. The service is also meant to be a lifeline for Japanese abroad. When major natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunami occur in Japan or abroad, it promptly airs emergency news programming and continues to offer accurate information for viewers’ safety.


NHK Specials
NHK Specials

Sunday, 9:00~9:49 p.m. (Japan time), etc.Documentaries digging deep into issues involving politics, economics, global situations, nature, science and entertainment.

Sumo Tournaments
Sumo Tournaments

During 15-day tournaments, 3:55~6:00 p.m. (Japan time), etc.Live coverage of six Grand Sumo Tournaments a year.

NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen (New Year’s Eve Song Festival)
NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen(New Year’s Eve Song Festival)

Dec. 31, 7:15~11:45 p.m. (Japan time), etc. Live broadcast of singing competition featuring songs popular in the past year.

TV Drama Series
TV Drama Series

Mon.~Sat., 8:00~8:15 a.m. (Japan time), etc. “Mare,” about a girl who wants to be a pastry chef,for the first half of fiscal 2015.

NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN
  • 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.

NHK WORLD
RADIO JAPAN
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.

18 Languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese and Japanese.

NHK WORLD ONLINE
  • 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.


NHK WORLD ONLINE
NHK WORLD ONLINE
NHK WORLD ONLINE