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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (July, 2018)

  • On reporting of the torrential rains disaster in Western Japan

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    Centered on Western Japan, the disaster caused by record torrential rains led to the deaths of more 210 people, and with a number of people still missing, a great deal of damage occurred. In Hiroshima Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture and other areas, houses and infrastructure suffered serious damage, and there are many people still in evacuation shelters whose lives are being severely affected. I would like to express condolences to the victims and their families. I would also like to offer sympathy to those people who find themselves living in evacuation centers.
    In reporting on these torrential rain disasters, NHK began delivering news bulletins and other information from 8.15 a.m. on Friday, July 6th until the emergency warnings in the areas were lifted on the evening of the 8th, over three days, around 35 hours of news and weather information was broadcast on General TV. And for where the emergency warnings were first issued, in the three prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki, from the evening of the 6th, all through the night until the next morning, news and weather information was delivered. Also, "News 7" was extended to 1 hour and 50 minutes on the 6th, to 1 hour and 15 minutes on the 7th, and to 1 hour on the 8th, to provide information on the torrential rains and evacuation warnings.
    NHK has also sent more than 600 support staff so far to Hiroshima, Okayama, Matsuyama and other areas from around the country to local bureaus, to work together with regional staff, not only in reporting on the disaster, but also to provide warnings on issues such as heatstroke and psychological care needed for victims. Staff at all of our bureaus have been working to deliver information and also aid efforts such as providing television sets for evacuation centers are continuing.
    While on the internet, General TV news was simultaneously broadcast from the morning of the 6th until evening of the 9th. The dedicated NHK NEWS WEB site was established to deliver the latest news, cloud radar reports, regional evacuation warnings, regional information on the rain and situation for rivers, were delivered via live streaming, while on the NHK Twitter account, warnings on rain, evacuations and disaster protection were issued in detail.
    NHK aims to 'reduce damage' by providing reporting that 'strengthens knowledge of disaster prevention and reduction with information relevant to each viewer individually.' We will examine our reporting on the major disaster caused by these torrential rains and want to make efforts to deliver more effective evacuation warnings to areas in danger in the future.

  • On the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    After a month of intense competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has come to an end. From the Japan team's games to the final late on Sunday night, which attracted average viewing figures of 16.9% for the first half and 13.8% for the second half, was well watched overall. The dedicated World Cup website had attracted 6.71 million views by July 17th, many more than the 5.06 million made to the site for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics site. In addition, the highlight video posted to YouTube of the Japan vs Belgium game has 4.31 million views. On NHK's Twitter account, the video of Germany's loss against South Korea, making that game the first to decide a team's elimination at the group stage, has 1.15 million views, and many people accessed the videos. As part of the “Experimental Provision A” trial, 24 games were broadcast on the internet, simultaneously with television, and total online viewing for the tournament came to 1,919,000. The most watched game online was Japan's match against Colombia, which attracted 598,000 views. Next was Japan's game against Senegal, which decided whether they would advance to the knockout stages, attracting 369,000 views. The third most viewed was Japan's first game in the knockout stages, against Belgium, with 348,000 views.

  • On programs as we move toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    On NHK, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games two years away this month and next month, respectively, special feature programs will be broadcast. The 24th of this month will mark two years until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, so a slogan “Minna de. 2020 Sengen (All Together. 2020 Declaration)” has been created, and a far-reaching campaign across multiple programs will promote the Games. News and information programs such as "Ohayo Nippon (Good Morning Japan)", "Asaichi" "Shutoken Network", "News Watch 9", "Sunday Sports 2020" and others, will cover the situation and challenges surrounding the Games two years before they open, from various angles and themes.
    From 7.30 in the evening, a special variety program "Uchimura Gorin Sengen! (Uchimura's Olympic Declaration)" hosted by Teruyoshi Uchimura, will be broadcast. The program will include exclusive coverage of medal hopefuls and members of the organizing committees. In the studio, there will be a demonstration of tricks from BMX, the newly-selected bicycle event, as well as a performance from popular artist Perfume, using the latest technology, and more besides in a program all the family can enjoy.
    On the 25th, a special edition of "Chozetsu- Sugo-Waza! (Supreme Technique!)" will be broadcast. The incredible pieces of equipment that are being developed for use in the Olympics and Paralympics will be featured.

    In addition, on August 25th, which will be exactly two years until the opening of the Tokyo Paralympics, there will be a live broadcast of "2-nen-go no Hero & Heroine o Motto Oen Shitakunaru! Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Dai-Zukan (You'll Want to Support the Heroes and Heroines Even More in Two Years' Time! Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Big Reference Book)". Guests and athletes will try out different parasports and through them experience 'surprise', 'inspiration' and 'laughter', showing the full appeal of the sports. On BS1, also on August 25th, as part of the "Tokyo Oly-Para Dan Special (Tokyo Olympic-Paralympic Group Special)" the recently completed “Ani X Para Anata no Hero wa Dare desu ka (Ani X Para Who is Your Hero?)” will be broadcast. Wheelchair tennis ace Shingo Kunieda will be portrayed in the world of NHK's popular anime "Baby Steps" in the third episode of the "Ani X Para" series of programs. And on August 22nd on General TV, "Taiyo o Aishita Hito – 1964 ano Hi no Paralympic (The Person Who Loved the Sun – That Day of the Paralympics in 1964)", which will portray the efforts of Dr. Yutaka Nakamura, who was a leading figure in the success of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, will be broadcast.

  • "#Hachi-gatsu Sanjuichi-nichi no Yoru ni (#On the Evening of August 31st)"

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

    "#Hachi-gatsu Sanjuichi-nichi no Yoru ni. (#On the Evening of August 31st)" is a campaign that was launched last year to help people who get the blues on the last night of the summer holidays to share their feelings. On Educational TV, this year again on the evening of August 31st, utilizing social networking sites and Twitter, a program that listens to the voices of the individuals affected will be broadcast. From 6.55 p.m. "Ijime Knockout Special (Bullying Knockout Special)" will be 110-minute live program frankly discussing the issue of bullying, based on the many comments left on the virtual 'Hana-city' website that was established to address the problem.
    On "Heart-net TV + Hachi-gatsu Sanjuichi-nichi no Yoru ni. (Heart-net TV plus - On the Evening of August 31st)" when feelings of uncertainty are rising on August 31st, the program will create a place for people to spend the evening together. From today, July 17th, a "Heart-net TV" homepage has been launched for teenagers who are affected by troubling thoughts such as 'school is tough' and 'I don't know what the point of living is', where they can post their own thoughts and experiences in the 'My Diary' section. Experiences of 'episodes of moments of uncertainty' that are posted on the 'diary' during the summer holidays will be featured in the program on August 31st. In the experiences of the troubled teenagers, hints for moving forward will be found.
    In addition, on Radio 1, "Nayameru Wakamono-tachi e no Oenka (Songs to Support Troubled Youngsters)" will think about ways to support troubled young people together with listeners.
    Also, on BS Premium, the "Gakko e Ikenakatta Watashi ga 'Ano Hana', 'Kokosake' o Kaku made (I Couldn't go to School, Me Until 'Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day' and 'Kokosake : 'The Heart Wants to Shout' )" autobiographical drama which portrays the school days of the celebrated anime scenario writer, along with other related programs, will be broadcast.

  • NHK Special "MEGAQUAKE"

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

    On September 1st, Disaster Prevention Day, an NHK Special "MEGAQUAKE Nankai Trough Kyodai Jishin X Day o Yosokuseyo (MEGAQUAKE: Predict the Day of the Huge Nankai Trough Earthquake)" will be broadcast. On June 18th, an earthquake struck in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, causing huge damage. It is predicted that there is 70 to 80% chance of the Nankai Trough Megathrust Earthquake occurring in the next 30 years, and the recent quake has again raised consciousness of this. As to when the huge earthquake will strike, researchers are focused on slow-slip events, when the bedrock moves. The fact that as the slow-slip events take place gradually nearer to the predicted epicenter of a giant earthquake, the power of the subduction that causes earthquakes to occur is likely to increase, is being pointed to. In light of this, the government announced a new policy in November last year of 'When there is some noticeable change and the probability of an earthquake occurring increases, issue emergency warnings quickly.' How will local authorities and citizens deal with such warnings, and will they contribute to protect life and communities? And how far in advance can a huge earthquake be predicted, and can disaster reduction and prevention measures be carried out in time? The program will feature a simulation based on a large-scale survey of ordinary citizens and the latest scientific knowledge.

  • NHK Special "Mikaiketsu Jiken (Unsolved Crimes)"

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    In this NHK Special, crimes which had a major impact on society will be thoroughly investigated in order to search for lessons for the future in the "Mikaiketsu Jiken (Unsolved Crimes)" series, with two episodes to be broadcast on September 2nd and 8th. This time, the 7 th edition, will focus on the "Keisatsu-cho Chokan Sogeki Jiken (The Attempted Assassination of the Top Officer of the National Police Agency)". On March 30th, 1995, the top police officer in the country, Takaji Kunimatsu, head of the National Police Agency, was shot by somebody as he left his apartment building, suffering life-threatening injuries in the attack. Investigations into this crime that rattled the notion of public safety in Japan ended in 2010 with nobody identified as being responsible for the attack. Why couldn't the perpetrator be found by an investigation on which the honor of the police depended, and what impact did the crime have on society? The programs will be split into documentary and real-life drama segments, based on exclusive reporting that uncovered materials and testimony from those involved to find the truth in the darkness of this case which shook Japan.

  • "Chiko-chan ni Shikarareu! Natsu no Kakudai Special (Getting Told Off by Chiko-chan! Big Summer Special"

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    An expanded edition of the program "Chiko-chan ni Shikarareu! (Getting Told Off by Chiko-chan!", which has been attracting a lot of attention since it started in April, will be broadcast on August 17th. In the expanded special, questions such as 'what is Obon (Lantern Festival)” ?' and 'why do people's faces go red when they are embarrassed?' will be put to Chiko-chan. As the answers to these questions become clear, they will reveal hidden dramas and secrets. And, since the program has started, more than 10,000 questions which viewers want answered have been submitted; some of these will be addressed thoroughly in this expanded edition. And guests will be questioned in-depth, one-on-one by Chiko-chan in the small 'Chiko's room'.

  • "Nichi-futsu Yuko 160-nen (Japan – France, 160 Years of Friendship)"

    (Comments by Yasuhiro Kan)

    On BS Premium on September 15th, in the Super Premium slot, "Nichi-futsu Yuko 160-nen (Japan – France, 160 Years of Friendship – France In-Depth)" will broadcast for five hours. This year will mark the 160th anniversary of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and Japan. Beginning in Paris in July, the large-scale culture event supported by the public and private sectors 'Japonism 2018' is taking place. In the program, actress Kyoko Fukada will be featured visiting Paris and experiencing both the Japonism that had a major influence on artists such as Monet, and new Japonism that is being created in 21st century Japan. The program will report on the ground on the pairing of French food and Japanese sake, as well as present the many charms of France. In addition, in Paris, where there is a big boom in Japanese, such as slicing and serving fish fresh and manga, the program will report on Eriko Nakamura and Hitonari Tsuji, who both live in the French capital. A 'Shichiya' pawnbrokers' documentary will uncover unknown aspects of French life, while there will also be a French special edition of "Sekai Hairi-nikui Izakaya (Bars difficult to enter in the World)".
    In September, the 'beauty of Japan' will be projected onto the Eiffel Tower using colors, while an official banquet will be held at the Palace of Versailles. We hope viewers will thoroughly enjoy and taste all the charms of France in an evening together with Ms. Fukuda.