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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (July, 2017)

  • <General TV> On September 2nd the NHK Special series “MEGA CRISIS Kyodai Kiki”

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    How can the ‘era of mega disasters’ be dealt with? The true nature of threats is scientifically explained and the latest measures to deal with them are presented in these programs. The first episode examines the Kumamoto earthquakes with the first measurement of ‘long-period motion pulse’ around an active seismic fault. ‘Long-period motion pulse’ is ground movement of around three seconds, which represents a risk that has not been recognized until now, and which simulations have demonstrated could possibly cause damage to high-rise buildings found in the Tokyo area. The second episode looks at super typhoons and concentrated torrential rains, which can be life threatening. The program will portray the experts who are facing the challenge of typhoon prediction using the latest technology and artificial intelligence.

  • <General TV> On August 13th, “NHK Special Saikinsen Butai (This is How the Biological Warfare Unit was Born)”

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    From the Second Sino-Japanese War until the Pacific War, ‘Unit 731’ developed biological weapons which were actually deployed in battle. Evidence of the unit’s activities was thoroughly hidden and destroyed, and because the personnel involved didn’t talk about it, information was very limited. 20 hours of recorded oral testimony from a key member of the unit at a trial held soon after the war in Khabarovsk, Russia were discovered. The truth about the development of biological weapons and the many researchers who worked with the unit have been uncovered.

  • <General TV> On September 18th (Monday, national holiday) “Nihon-Igirisu Hokusai o Sagase! Japan-Britain – Search for Hokusai!)”

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan, Senior Director, Assistance of Broadcasting)

    On September 18th, from 9.05 to 9.50 a.m. The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition of the works of Edo Period Ukiyo-e artist Katshushika Hokusai. Hokusai’s daughter Oei has attracted a lot of attention at the exhibition. Actress Aoi Miyazaki visits the British Museum for the exhibition and provides an analysis of Hokusai’s work and its appeal in this special feature program. Ms. Miyazaki plays the lead role of Oei in the drama special “Kurara – Hokusai no Musume (Hokusai’s Daughter)” that will be broadcast on the same evening from 7.30 to 8.43

  • <Educational TV> On August 31st (Thursday) “Hachi-gatsu Sanjuichi-nichi no Yoru ni (On the Evening of August 31st)”

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    At the end of the summer holidays, when going back to school can be tough and small things can fill people with unease, it is a time during which it is easy for young people to feel lost. The program will listen to the individual opinions of young people, including via social media and Twitter, in this live broadcast. “R no Hosoku (R no Rule)” will be broadcast at 6.55 p.m. and feature segments including ‘how to enjoy lessons you hate’ and tricks for dealing with problems around you.

    “#Judai (#Teenage)” at 7.25 p.m. will feature HYADAIN and Pei discussing live problems sent in via Twitter. Then from 8 p.m. “Heart-net TV” will be broadcast, followed at 10 p.m. by “Heart-net TV+”, which will tackle the issues of those who seriously believe ‘living is hard’ with a discussion between viewers and guests, providing hints that will allow them to move forward. In addition, at the end of August, programs on General TV and Radio 1 that deal head-on with the problems facing children and young people will be broadcast, including Educational TV’s “Ijime Knockout Special Dai-ju-Dan (Bullying Knockout Special Episode 10)” and “Uwasa no Hogoshakai Special (The Hot Topic of Parent-teacher’s Meetings Special)” along with other relevant programming.

  • <BS Premium> On August 30th (Wednesday) Hotaru Zensen Hokujosu – Hotaru-bi ga Terasu Utsukushiki Nippon (The Wave of Fireflies Moves North – The Light of Fireflies Illuminates – Beautiful Japan)”

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    Footage of “The Wave of Fireflies” recorded in 4K (Super Hi-Vision) will be broadcast. From late April, the lights of fireflies begin to shine in Kagoshima, dying out in Hokkaido in August. This program focused on the Japanese life who loves fireflies and splendid scenes of their flitting in groups, moving north with Rei Ohara, a photographer who is attracted by fireflies and taking their beautiful photographs and video shot. In addition, actress Yasuko Tomita will present the program and examine the relationship between Japanese people and fireflies. The program will also be a test broadcast for Super Hi-Vision.

  • <BS Premium> On September 23rd (Saturday, national holiday) “Gan o Ikiru Shin Joshiki (New common knowledge about Living with Cancer)”

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    If you, a member of your family or somebody special to you developed cancer, what situation would you face and how would you deal with it? A wide range of the latest information will be presented via a three-hour studio discussion. Leading the studio discussion will be medical experts in the cancer field. The doctors have all lived through the experience of cancer themselves and will recall their battles with the disease, while presenting the information they gathered through being medical professionals and provide hints in facing this challenge. The program will be presented by actor Shinobu Sakagami and freelance announcer Maasa Takahashi.

  • <NHK FM Radio>On August 15th “Natsu da! Sazan da! Kyo wa Ichi-nichi ‘Kuwata Keiskue’ Zanmai (It’s Summer! It’s Southern! Today is All-day ‘Keisuke Kuwata’ Samadhi)””

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    Summer reminds us of the songs of Southern All Stars, the famous music group in Japan. This live program will feature the vocal, Keisuke Kuwata, taking requests and playing songs ranging from the Southern All Stars debut single “Katte ni Sinbad” through to his solo theme song “Wakai Hiroba” for the morning serial drama “Hiyokko”. Artists who were influenced by Kuwata, along with numerous other related guests, will feature in the show. The guests will talk about episodes related to the songs they have chosen and answer questions from listeners in this show presented by NHK announcer Tetsuya Takayama, a passionate fan of Southern All Stars.