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.