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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (April, 2017)

  • 70 years since the enactment of Japan’s Constitution – related programs

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    April 30th (General TV) NHK Special “Kenpo 70-nen Heiwa Kokka no Tanjo (70 Years of the Constitution – the Birth of a Peaceful Nation)” (working title)
    May 6th (General TV) NHK Special “Japan’s Constitution – a 70 Year Path and How People Reacted at the Time)” (working title)

    In the April 30th NHK Special, the one year and eight months-period that saw the birth of the Constitution will be portrayed. Emperor Showa issued an imperial rescript immediately after the end of the war that called for “establishing a peaceful country” and ordered an inquiry into constitutional reform, which will be examined in the light of recently discovered documents. The May 6th NHK Special will follow the way Japanese people have faced the Constitution through the years, utilizing the change in opinion polls on it, as well as testimony of people involved and materials unearthed by NHK. In addition, on General TV on May 3rd, Constitution Day, there will be a special feature “Shikou 70-nen Ima Kenpo wo Kangaeru (Thinking About the Constitution Now - 70 Years Since its Enactment)” and Educational TV on May 6th and 13th there will be programming on the theme of “Kurashi to Kenpo (Living with the Constitution)” broadcast.

  • May 21st (General TV) NHK Special “Hattatsu Shogai (Developmental Disorder)”

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    The latest research has shown that many people born with developmental disorders have special ways of seeing and hearing the world. This world of special senses will be brought to the screen, broadcasting live things that these people until now have not been able to say or be understood by anyone. This could drastically change the way developmental disorders are viewed. This will be one of many programs related to developmental disorders that will be broadcast.

  • May 28th (BS1) “’Eiko naki Tensai-tachi’ kara no Monogatari Rikujo 100M Sekai o Yume-mita ‘Cho-Tokkyu’ (‘Express’ – The Story of ‘Geniuses
    Without Glory’ – Athletes Who Ran the 100 Meters on the World Stage)”

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

    This series will look at a genius athlete who through misfortune failed to attain glory at the Olympic Games, and the continuation of that spirit in an athlete of today, through the medium of documentary and animation. Episode two will use animation to portray Takayoshi Yoshioka, who was known as the ‘Akatsuki no Cho-Tokkyu (Dawn Express)’, and who was the first Japanese runner to make it to an Olympic 100 meter final, at the 1932 Los Angeles Games, and later tied the world record over the distance, as well as documentary covering Ryota Yamagata closely, who is inspired by Yoshioka’s feats and himself aiming to make it to the 100 meter final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The lives and incredible nature of these two athletes will be examined side by side.

  • May 7th NHK WORLD TV “RAKUxGO – Rakugo de Tabi Suru Nippon (A Rakugo Journey through Japan)”

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    Japanese rakugo storytellers performing in English travel around the various regions of Japan and show their appeal and charm. Kimie Oshima, who is also a scholar of sociolinguistics, will present the culture of Japanese sweets that developed in the castle town of Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. Kansai region rakugo storyteller Kaishi Katsura from the Kamigata school of rakugo will present the history of the pottery from the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture. In addition, the two storytellers will perform rakugo in English, based on their experiences during their travels, at a rakugo theater in Yokohama. The program will present a unique combination of traditional Japanese artisanship with the humor of rakugo.

  • May 3rd to 6th (Educational TV) “E-ne! Kids Week

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    A series of programs aimed at children will be presented in the 9a.m. timeslot during this month’s long holidays. “Kagawa Teruyuki no Konchu Sugoize! – Nijikanme - Monshirocho (Teruyuki Kagawa’s Insects Are Incredible! Second Lesson - The Cabbage Butterfly)” the second episode of the program that was broadcast in October last year and received a very good reaction from viewers. Actor Teruyuki Kagawa will this time will become a ‘Teacher Mantis’ with a 4 meter wingspan and experience the incredible unrestricted freedom of flying in the air like the cabbage butterfly, while suspended on wires from a crane.
    In addition, animations including “Thomas the Tank Engine” and the feature length version of the Academy Award-nominated “Shaun the Sheep” will be broadcast.

  • May 7th (Educational TV) “Shumi no Engei (The Hobby of Gardening)” 50th Anniversary Edition

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai)

    A special edition of “The Hobby of Gardening” to mark its approaching 50th anniversary “Sodatete, Kazatte, Totte – Shin Engei Seikatsu Start (Grow, Display and Photograph – Start a New Life of Gardening)” will be broadcast live. The main theme will be roses. Rose-loving actor Sei Hiraizumi and Mariko Shinoda will visit the program as guests, presenting a way of gardening that involves not just growing plants, but also stylishly displaying and photographing them, to make appreciating a variety of roses enjoyable to a broad age range.

  • May 17th (BS Premium) “Kin-chan no Ad Lib de Show (Kin’s Ad Lib Comedy Show)”

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai)

    75-year-old Kinichi Hagimoto, who says that ‘Writing a script and practicing it can’t be called a comedy sketch’, now strongly believes that ‘While I have the strength to do so, I want to impart the innermost secrets of laughter’. Across four episodes, led by Mr. Hagimoto, mid-career and young actors and performers will present lively and dynamic sketches on stage. The performances will feature ad libs that deviate completely from the script for the show, and portray the passionate, special training methods of Mr. Hagimoto and the way the performers deal with them.