Academic Access Trial

An ongoing academic access trial gives academics and other researchers access to NHK programs stored in the NHK Archives and enables us to evaluate the best way to put the NHK Archives to academic use. We invite and screen applications from scholars. Successful applicants can choose and view content relevant to their research in dedicated rooms at the NHK Museum of Broadcasting in Tokyo and at the NHK broadcasting station in Osaka. They can use their findings in research theses and academic presentations and, at the same time, help the broadcasting industry to evolve. We launched the academic access trial in 2010 and have since supported nearly 70 research projects.
In October 2015, we speeded up the application and evaluation process by moving it online. We increased the frequency with which we invite applications to four times a year, enabling more researchers to take part. The programs in the NHK Archives form a record of our times. We encourage researchers to get actively involved by viewing these resources from new perspectives and using them to produce new knowledge.

facilities We have supported nearly 70 reseach projects.

Accessible Content

Researchers can access about 650,000 television and radio programs that NHK has broadcast since the earliest days of Japanese television. The programs represent diverse genres including documentaries, education, current affairs, drama, variety shows, and other entertainment. Most of the programs were made in Japanese. Some programs (for instance, those produced under the “NHK Documentary” title) were made in English.


  • Researchers do not have access to past news broadcasts.
  • Not all programs that NHK has aired are accessible. Most of the programs come from the period since 1981, when NHK began systematic preservation.
Researchers can access about 650,000 television and radio programs.

Requirements for Applicants

We welcome applicants of any nationality. They can apply as individuals or in groups. They must understand Japanese or apply with one of the following people:

  • a Japanese teacher or researcher (full- or part-time) who is affiliated with a Japanese university or Japanese public research institute and has the researcher identification number required for applications for scientific research grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • a Japanese graduate student who has the consent of a thesis supervisor who has a researcher identification number
  • a non-Japanese researcher who has the consent of a thesis supervisor who has a researcher identification number

For detailed information on how to apply, please visit this Japanese-language page:

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