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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (May, 2018)

  • NHK Special programs related to the FIFA World Cup
    "Haiagare – Soccer Nihon Daihyo 'Donzoko' Kara no Chosen (Fight to the Top – The Japan National Team's Battle Back from the Bottom)"
    "Kyoi no Tokuten-ryoku Nihon ni Tachihadakaru Striker-tachi (The Amazing Goal Scoring Abilities of the Strikers Standing in the Way of Japan)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    Programs related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Russia, will be broadcast for two consecutive days on the 17th and 18th. On the 17th will be "Haiagare – Soccer Nihon Daihyo 'Donzoko' Kara no Chosen (Fight to the Top – The Japan National Team's Battle Back from the Bottom)". In April, with just two months to go until the start of the World Cup, news broke of the termination of the contract of Japan national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic. With the national team floundering and its FIFA World Ranking having fallen to 60, the results at this World Cup could prove to be a turning point for Japanese football.
    What is happening with the national team? With only three weeks to the World Cup, can they fight to the top? The program will shine a light on the current state of the national team, looking closely at each of the manager, players and staff.
    On the 18th, "Kyoi no Tokuten-ryoku Nihon ni Tachihadakaru Striker-tachi (The Amazing Goal Scoring Abilities of the Strikers Standing in the Way of Japan)" will be broadcast. This will be the sixth appearance for Japan at the World Cup finals and even though Japanese players appear in top-level leagues around the globe, the issue of 'a lack of goal-scoring ability' is a chronic problem that has yet to be solved. The program will visit the countries which are Japan's opponents and look at the lives and times of their strikers, thoroughly analyzing, in particular, their amazing goals, and considering what it is that Japan is lacking.

  • Programs related to the FIFA World Cup
    Sports Sakaba Kataritei W-Hai Chokuzen SP 'Kettei Ryoku' no Shinjitsu (Sports Bar Kataritei – World Cup Preview Special Edition – The Truth About 'Goal Scoring Power')"
    "Kaimaku Chokuzen ni Gekiron! Okada Takeshi to Kiru Nihon Soccer (Heated Discussion! Takeshi Okada's Dissection of Japanese Soccer)"
    World Cup Densetsu no Meishobu Kanzen No Cut Ban (Famous Games of World Cup Legends – Uncut Version)"
    "Kyo wa Ichi-nichi Nihon Soccer Ongaku Zanmai 2018 (Today is All-Day Japan Soccer mucic 2018)"

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

    On BS1 on June 2nd, "Sports Sakaba Kataritei W-Hai Chokuzen SP 'Kettei Ryoku' no Shinjitsu (Sports Bar Kataritei – World Cup Preview Special Edition – The Truth about 'Goal Scoring Power')" will be broadcast. The theme is 'Goal Scoring Power'. Mitz Mangrove, the 'bartender' at the Sports Bar Katarite, will be joined by former national team members Hisato Sato and Masakiyo Maezono (who also played overseas) as guests for an in-depth discussion to search for the truth about 'goal scoring power'. On the 9th, will be "Kaimaku Chokuzen ni Gekiron! Okada Takeshi to Kiru Nihon Soccer (Heated Discussion! Takeshi Okada's Dissection of Japanese Soccer)". Exactly 20 years since Japan first appeared at the World Cup, is the level of Japanese soccer getting closer to world class? Former Japan national team manager Takeshi Okada, Takashi Mizunuma, Rui Ramos and other soccer legends will debate the issue thoroughly.
    And on the 8th, famous games that have left their mark in history will be shown in "World Cup Densetsu no Meshobu Kanzen No Cut Ban (Famous Games of World Cup Legends – Uncut Version)". Over five episodes, the games will include Argentina vs England at the 1986 Mexican World Cup, featuring Argentinian star Diego Maradona, and the clash of Beckenbauer's West Germany and Cruyff's Holland at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.
    On FM Radio on the 10th, "Kyo wa Ichi-nichi Nihon Soccer Ongaku Zanmai 2018 (Today is All-Day Japan Soccer 2018)" will feature music played in stadiums and the original songs on which supporters' chants are based, along with NHK's 2018 soccer theme music Suchmos' "VOLT-AGE", along with music related to soccer. Listeners' requests will also be played, as well as segments from around Japan and overseas.

  • BS1 Special "Zaitaku-shi 'Shi ni Giwa no Iryo' 200-nichi no Kiyoku (Dying at Home 'Medical Care at the Edge of Death' A Record of 200 Days)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    On June 10th, a BS1 Special "Zaitaku-shi 'Shi ni Giwa no Iryo' 200-nichi no Kiroku (Dying at Home 'Medical Care at the Edge of Death' A Record of 200 Days)" will be broadcast. The number of people 'dying at home' is expected to drastically increase in the future, but with issues such as older people providing elderly care, isolation, along with difficult economic circumstances, there are cases where people's wishes to spend their final days peacefully at home cannot be fulfilled. The program will examine the specialist medical team of Dr. Oichiro Kobori, which provides care to those wishing to die at home. Dr. Kobori is now 80 years old. A former surgeon, he then moved into the field of medical care for those dying at home. Having overseen more than 700 cases and dealt with patients and their families, the program will take an in-depth look at a 69-year-old son looking after his 93-year-old father, and a pair of sons and their wives looking after a 103-year-old father. 'Dying at Home' will look at a medical team working on the frontline of the field.

  • "Anata mo Zettai Ikitakunaru! Nihon 'Saikyo no Shiro' Special (You Too Will Definitely End Up Wanting to Go! The 'Best Castles' in Japan Special)"

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

    On General TV on June 30th, a special feature program "Anata mo Zettai Ikitakunaru! Nihon 'Saikyo no Shiro' Special (You Too Will Definitely End Up Wanting to Go! 'Best Castles' in Japan Special)" will be broadcast. UNESCO World Heritage Site Himeji Castle, which attracts around 2 million visitors annually, the famous 'Castle in the Sky' Takeda Castle in Hyogo Prefecture and other castles which have not been well known until recently, have become popular with fans as a boom has spread around the regions nationwide. The program will decide the `best castle’ by a nationwide survey with three “new ways to enjoy” including 'best castles recommended by photography enthusiasts', 'best castles with trick features recommended by mystery fans' and 'best castles recommended by fans of trekking'.

  • "#Shin Nihon Iine! Kumamoto-hen (#Great New Japan! Kumamoto Edition)"

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    On BS Premium on June 16th, a special feature "#Shin Nihon Iine! Kumamoto-hen (#Great New Japan! Kumamoto Edition)" will be broadcast. Cutting-edge creators, especially those popular online, will discover 'great' things regional cities and use them to produce visuals, music etc. in this travelogue program. This edition is set in Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The train line to the city is still out of operation after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes and recovery is still a work in progress. In Aso City, three teams of creators will 'great' things. Wacamera has 150,000 followers on Instagram. Tetsuya Umeda is a commercial creator who has made a name for himself on social media. Yokaromon is an acapella group which has become famous via video uploading sites. What 'great' things will they all discover in Aso City? And how will they use them in their own creations? The program will examine this.

  • "Ani X Para" dai-san dan seisaku kettei

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    Production details for the third episode of Ani X Para Anata no Hero wa Dare desu ka (Ani X Para Who is Your Hero?)" have been finalized. "Ani X Para" is a project aimed at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games that broadcasts five-minute anime programs. The first two programs have already been broadcast and the third will feature wheelchair tennis. Shingo Kunieda, who took gold in wheelchair tennis at the London and Beijing Paralympics, will be portrayed in a special episode of the NHK anime series "Baby Steps" about a young boy aiming to be a professional tennis player, against whom he will play a match. Broadcast is scheduled for mid-August or later this year. What will happen in this unique coming together of a lead character in an anime and a world-class athlete in Shingo Kunieda?