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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (March, 2018)

  • On the initiatives for coverage of the PyeongChang Paralympic Games

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    'Universal Broadcasting', featuring sign language, subtitles and explanations of on-screen action, was also delivered for the Paralympics. As part of this service, the action being described on the audio sub-channel for those with visual impairments is scheduled to be used for broadcasts of the alpine skiing and snowboarding in the coming days. In addition, the three reporters with impairments have been reporting from PyeongChang, commentating on Japan's para-ice hockey team's games, local measures for barrier-free access and other coverage. The initiatives deployed for these Games will be further examined going forward as we move toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while making preparations to deliver even better services. In addition, for the PyeongChang Olympics, which finished on the 25th of last month, a dedicated website and smartphone app delivered information and results during events, highlight videos, live coverage of events and catch-up footage. The total number of videos viewed on the website and app totaled 9.28 million, with 44.81 million on YouTube, and 31.29 million on Twitter. Another new initiative was the ‘robot live coverage’, which was used for 17 videos totaling 32 hours and 7 minutes broadcast via the internet. As part of verification experiment of simultaneous television and online broadcasting “Experimental Provision A”, a total of 235 hours and 47 minutes were delivered, watched by a total of 1.44 million individual viewers. I think we can say that a very large number of people accessed NHK's content.

  • Hattatsu Shogai (Developmental Disorder) Project "Cho Jissen! Hattatsu Shogai "Komari-goto" to no Tsukiai-kata (Very Practical! Developmental Disorder – How to Deal the Challenges)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    Developmental disorders are difficult to detect. There are many cases where even though people are born with multiple 'challenges', such as a chronic inability to be orderly or control their emotions, they are mistakenly thought by those around them to simply be 'lazy' or 'selfish'. From May last year, 10 programs, including "Asa-ichi", "NHK Special" and "Heart-net TV" all together made up the 'Hattatsu Shogai (Developmental Disorder) Project'. On the program, in response to real cases we received through the dedicated Developmental Disorder Project homepage, practical coping strategies which have been created, of course for the individual affected, but also for their families and those around them, will be explained in detail.

  • Programs related to marking two years since the Kumamoto earthquakes

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

    On Educational TV's "Heart-net TV" for two days on April 10th and 11th, issues that have emerged in the affected areas will be covered in a series of programs. "Fukko e no Ippo ga Fumidasenai – Kosamachi – Shira-hata Kasetsu Danchi (The Difficult Step to Recovery: Kosamachi Town – Shira-hata Temporary Housing)", which will be broadcast on the 10th, will portray the people living in the Shira-hata Temporary Housing, the first to be built after the earthquake, and how they support elderly residents living alone and others there. On the 11th, the theme is how to protect against the 'loneliness' of those affected by the disaster. The deepening loneliness of those evacuees living in privately-owned apartments rented by local authorities and provided as a form of temporary housing is examined through the activities of disaster relief organizations and gives food for thought on how assistance should be provided. In addition, on April 7th on Radio 1, NHK Kumamoto Station will link up with villages including Minamiaso and Nishihara to cover how Kumamoto is now recovering, in live broadcasts featuring impressionist Korokke, a native of Kumamoto. "Close-up Gendai Plus" on General TV is also scheduled to broadcast a program on the current situation in the affected areas to mark the two years since the earthquake.

  • "Geinin Sensei (Comedian Teachers)"

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

    On Educational TV beginning in April and broadcasting every week on Mondays at 11p.m., "Geinin Sensei (Comedian Teachers)" will be a special series of 16 programs. The comedians will use their skills in making people laugh to teach 'communication ability' to those battling in the world of business in this new educational program. In the April programs, comedians Wagyu will visit a drinks manufacturer, double act Viking will visit a toymaker and trio Robert will go to a resort hotel. The popular comedians will visit companies and, as "Comedian Teachers", will use their techniques for laughter to create prescriptions for communication in their lessons in response to real life business problems from employees. Based on themes the comedians cover in their lessons the employees will hold practical workshops.

  • 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup (and World Cup qualifier)

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    The 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup will be broadcast on BS1. The tournament, held once every four years, will decide the number one women's soccer national team in Asia, and act as the final qualifier for the FIFA Women's World Cup that will be held in France in June of next year. This year the tournament will take place in Jordan, with eight countries participating and the top five teams qualifying for the World Cup. The top two teams from the group stage will go through to the semi-finals, qualifying them for the World Cup. NHK will show all of Japan's games at the Women's Asian Cup live on BS1.

  • Programs related to Kyoto City

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    BS Premium will show a series of programs on the theme of Kyoto. In the Super Premium slot, "5-nin no Kisai Creator Kyoto Daitoku-Ji – Shinjuan no Chosen "Five Wizard Creators: Shinjuan at Kyoto's Daitoku-Ji Temple)" will be broadcast on April 21st. The program will follow the challenge of the five creators who were tasked with designing the first new Japanese sliding screens in 400 years at Ikkyu Sojun's Daitoku-ji temple in Kyoto.The sliding screens created by the artist Hasegawa Tohaku in the Azuchi–Momoyama period that decorate the Shinjuan of Daitoku-Ji are to be restored, with new screens put up in their place. The program will portray five creators, including Isamu Kamikokuryo, art director of the Final Fantasy video game series, and anime director Hiroyuki Yamaga (Evangelion), who will make their first attempts at Nihonga Japanese art, against the background of Kyoto, a city where the air is full of history and tradition.
    The secret pleasure of Kyoto people – in the middle of Blue training "Celebration of Spring" On the 14th, "Kyoto-jin no Hisokana Tanoshimi Blue Shugyo-chu (The Secret Pleasure of Kyoto People – in the Middle of Blue Training)" will depict the lifestyle of Kyoto people who live and breathe tradition and culture, along with the beauty of the scenery of the changing seasons. The program will illustrate, in both dramatic and documentary forms, the tough challenges of five young workers as they aim to become fully qualified in their professions, against the background of springtime in Kyoto.
    "Mo Hitotsu no Gosho – Sekai Isan Kyoto Ninna-Ji (Another Former Imperial Palace – UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kyoto Ninna-Ji Temple"
    On the 18th, another program related to Kyoto, presenting the dramatic history of Ninna-Ji temple – which has deep connections with the Imperial household and is the depository of national treasures – will be broadcast.