Comments from the Top (Executive Director - General of Broadcasting)

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (May, 2016)

  • June 25th (General TV) NHK Special "'Kami no Ryoiki' wo Hashiru Patagonia Cho-jin Race 140 Kiro- (Running 'Domain of the Gods' – 140km Superhuman Race in Patagonia)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    This ultra-trail-run, in which international competitors cover more than 100 kilometers of untouched mountainous wilderness, where there are no roads and the weather can turn at any time, without sleep or rest, took place in Patagonia, South America this April. The fear that the runners have is the mental and physical exhaustion they feel at the end of the race, which they refer to as the 'Domain of the Gods'. The program will follow Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, the number one Japanese trail runner, to find out what kind of strategy he employs to deal with the 'Domain of the Gods', and will cover the entire race with latest techniques.

  • June 6th (General TV) "Nazo no Karyu-do Basho-kajiki – Carib Kai Daishuketsu wo Ou (The Riddle of the Indo-Pacific sailfish – the Great Gathering in the Caribbean Sea)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    In the deep waters of the Caribbean Sea near Mexico, every year from January until the beginning of March, this great spectacle of nature unfolds. With their long and sharp spears, the Indo-Pacific sailfish repeatedly attack pilchards, which form huge shoals that resemble solid objects, at speeds in excess of 100 kilometers an hour, making them the fastest fish in the world’s oceans. The program will examine the findings of a Japanese researcher into the phenomenon. Making detailed records of the Indo-Pacific sailfish's behavior, the studies uncover the mysteries hidden in the riddles of the fish's ecosystem.

  • May 29th (Educational TV) "Nippon Sengo (Japan Post-war) Sub-culture III Back to the 90's"

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai, Senior Director, Assistance of Broadcasting)

    This the third series of the programs that were broadcast the year before last and last year on the major changes that occurred in post-war Japanese society. This series focuses on cultural changes that took places in the 90s. The four episodes all look at the forces that shaped Japan. The first episodes searches for the origins of the so-called “Shibuya-kei” popular music movement, and uncovers the secrets of Shibuya, Tokyo, which was said to have the highest concentration of record shops in the world. The second episode will take a look inside the worlds of manga, anime, novels, comedy, films, theater and so on from the era.

  • June 25th (BS Premium) Super Premium "The Beatles Fes (Festival)"

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai)

    In June 1966, The Beatles came to Japan and performed at the Nippon Budokan. Exactly half a century later, the program will look afresh at their significance and influence on the music and culture of the world. As well as live tribute performances, guests will talk about their enduring love for The Beatles, an exclusive NHK documentary from behind the scenes of their live performance in Japan will be broadcast and in-depth analysis of their songs. Naturally, people who are familiar with the era will enjoy the programs, but the content will also appeal to those listening to The Beatles for the first time.

  • June 26th (BS1) "Boku to JUDO to Rio no Kin Medal – Okinawa kara Brazil e – Nikkei Imin, Kazoku no Olympic (Me and Judo and a Rio Gold Medal – From Okinawa to Brazil – Japanese Emigrant, My Olympic Family)"

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki, Senior Director, Responsible for NHK WORLD, Assistance of Broadcasting)

    In the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Charles Chibana, known as the star of Brazil, will be competing in the Men’s 66kg class in Judo. Charles, whose grandparents hailed from Okinawa and is a third-generation Japanese-Brazilian who says he feels Japan through Judo more than anything else, is said to be the biggest rival to the Japanese competitors in his weight class. The program will follow the challenges of Charles and his family as he aims to become the first Japanese-Brazilian Olympic gold medalist, as well the feelings he has for the two countries.

  • June 27th and July 25th (NHK WORLD TV) "HAIKU MASTERS in Matsuyama"

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    It is said that the number of people who enjoy making haiku is increasing around the world. Using five, seven, five syllables in three lines, people depict the atmosphere of the world around them in this short form of expression. In the program, haiku poets such as Michio Nakahara, and a writer from overseas visit locations important to the art form, and give their impressions of English haiku that have been sent in by viewers from around the globe. These two programs will come from Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, which produced many haiku poets, including Shiki Masaoka and Kyoshi Takahama. The programs will present scenes from the 'City of Haiku' and the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage, which is popular with overseas tourists, showing the charms of the local region to viewers around the world.

  • Q&A Session
    Q: On the impression of the new programs that started in April
    A: (Comments by Yukinori Kida)
    Looking at the current data and reaction from viewers, the result of the major overhaul of weekday evening programing on General TV has largely been positive so far, achieving what we set out to do. News programs about the Kumamoto earthquakes of course attracted a lot of viewers, "Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kanpai (Tsurube’s Toast to Families)" "Uta-con (Song Contest)" "Gatten! (Try and Gotcha!)" "Tanken Bakumon" and other programs, were also well received, and there is a trend of higher viewing figures compared to the same time last year. The average ratings for the morning serial drama "Sister Toto (Toto Neechan)" are above 22 percent, helped by the appealing themes and performances, particularly the lead actress Mitsuki Takahata's superb acting. Supported by the emotional performances of the cast around her, I think the drama is touching viewers in their living rooms. "Close-up Gendai+" has attracted the working generation, and including younger viewers, with its reports on the Panama Papers, US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the triumph of Leicester City football club. The viewers’ reaction depends on the subject, and I think the program is learning by trial and error. I would like to keep watching the program with those in mind. Looking at the whole situation, not just viewing figures, but what kind of people are watching, whether it is attracting new viewers, is something that will be analyzed at a later date. From now until the summer, we want to look at whether there are elements that can be improved further.