Expansion under a new brand
- NHK WORLD-JAPAN Launches in April -

NHK WORLD, the international broadcasting service of NHK, makes a fresh start as NHK WORLD-JAPAN in April. The new name is intended to establish wider global recognition for the service's Japanese roots in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. NHK WORLD-JAPAN will provide a Japanese perspective in trustworthy news coverage and programming in this part of the world. Closer coordination with NHK's domestic services will supply even more content to satisfy the interests of the global audience.

New Programs for 2018

Biz Stream

Biz Stream

Saturday, 23:10 - 23:38 (JST) etc.

Interest in Japan is growing with the approach of the Olympics and Paralympics as well as the already increasing number of arriving tourists. This program highlights the latest economic trends, corporate strategies, and developments, examining their background and global impact. It also provides coverage of expanding Asian economies.

Japan’s Top Inventions

Japan’s Top Inventions

Thursday, 00:30 - 00:45 (JST), etc.

This program introduces the stories behind much-loved global products born in Japan. Interviews and drama segments illustrate Japan's spirit of craftsmanship in easy-to-watch 15-minute segments.



Friday, 13:30 - 13:58 (JST), etc.

Japan ranks at the top level in many sports, including those—such as judo—that originated in the country. This program features the athletes, showing the places where they train and compete.

Kids Meet the World

Kids Meet the World

Sunday, 09:10 - 09:35 (JST), etc.

Under an initiative known as One School, One Country, Japanese elementary and junior high schools are devoting their enthusiasm to specific national or regional teams in 2020. The program draws upon coverage by local broadcasting stations to show heartwarming exchanges between children and athletes of the world.

KABUKI KOOL to debut new hosts

KABUKI KOOL, the popular program that showcases the traditional performing art of Kabuki to the world, returns with an exciting new season. Popular Kabuki actor Kataoka Ainosuke VI and Australian-born vocalist/violinist Sarah Alainn are the hosts for the new season beginning in April of 2018. From explaining the unique characteristics of the art form to pointing out the highlights of performances, they will guide viewers from around the world in appreciating one of Japan's cultural treasures.

KABUKI KOOL Wednesday, 13:30-14:00 (JST) etc.


A New Travel Video Portal Site

Travel Japan, an English-language portal site, features videos of natural scenery, traditional cultural activities, and other attractions across the country. Search by theme, region, and season, you can access scenes from past broadcasts for one-click viewing. Travelers can discover places they'd like to see in person, and everyone can enjoy virtual visits across the archipelago.

Travel Japan

Richer Multi-lingual Services

The free video-on-demand (VOD) Internet service currently offers subtitles and dubbing in 6 languages: Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Spanish. Significant expansions are planned in the number of programs and the range of genres. In particular, interview programs and documentaries will add to the present lineup of travel shows.

News videos in Chinese will further enrich the array of content along with social media distribution in Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Chinese.