NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (February, 2015)

  • On Achieving the Appropriate Balance between Work and Private Life, and the Active Promotion of Women

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii, President)

    At NHK, about 15% of the staff are women but the number in managerial positions is just a little over 5%. I have been targeting the active promotion of women and work practices that will help both male and female staff achieve the best balance between work and private life ever since coming into this office, and various measures have now been decided.

    The NHK Corporate Plan for 2015-2017 has been accepted and incorporates the first ever announcement of numerical targets for managerial posts for women. Concretely, the aims are to reach 30% by 2030 and double the 2014 ratio of women in managerial posts (5.2%) by 2020.

    As a new measure for helping staff achieve a better balance between work and private life, we shall open child care facilities from the 2015 fiscal year. Various companies already do this but it is even more important in NHK’s case where the working hours are different from those of a normal company. NHK has entered a contract as a corporate client with a child care facility close to the Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo. Male and female members of NHK group staff who have children below elementary school age will be able to make use of this if, for example, they are unable to secure any place at a child care facility in the neighborhood where they live. For the news organs which broadcast 24 hours daily, overnight child care will also be made available once a week for use by staff who working overnight away from home.

    A system for working from home was formally introduced from the end of January. Staff can make use of this for various reasons besides child rearing or the provision of care, and will help staff including news and program production department to realize more diverse working lifestyles. Staff taking leave of absence or shorter working hours for child rearing or care-provision will be treated in an extremely fair and just manner as if they were still doing the same work as they had been up until then.

    As the public broadcaster, we shall do our utmost to furnish the environment in which staff can work to the fullest of their power, in order to carry on providing high quality broadcasts and content.

  • On the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and related NHK events

    (Comments by Hikaru Doumoto, Executive Vice-President)

    The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is a conference where the national representatives gather once every decade to discuss ways forward for international disaster risk reduction measures. This year’s conference will be held in the city of Sendai, where March will be the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. NHK will organize symposiums and exhibitions in Sendai on the role of news reporting in disaster risk reduction alongside this conference.

    One, in association with the ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union,) is the ABU Global News Forum on the theme of natural disaster and the media. Media people from the member countries will discuss the latest systems and issues.

    The local NHK Sendai Station will record an NHK Television Symposium in front of a live audience for nationwide broadcast on the Educational Channel. Singer Kumiko, who was visiting Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture for a concert at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake, will give a talk about her own experience in an emergency shelter and that will be followed by a discussion on how to make the best use of disaster-related information put out by private citizens.

    An exhibition on NHK’s disaster risk reduction news reporting, with its use of big data, will be held at the Sendai International Center, the venue of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. We want this World Conference to be an opportunity to introduce NHK’s systems more widely in the world.

  • On prospects for the fifth period of the current fiscal year

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii)

    The total number of receiving contracts has risen by 520,000, a progress rate of 106.3% against the growth target of 490,000 for the 2014 fiscal year. The number of satellite receiving contracts has risen by 728,000, or 107.2% against the annual growth target of 680,000. February and March is a period when many people change their place of residence in the typical year and growth in the total number of contracts is difficult but both the increase in the total number of contracts and the increase in the number of satellite contracts are well on course to achieve the annual targets. We shall do our utmost to maintain these strong results in the final two-month term of the fiscal year.

  • On the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute Forum 2015: 90 Years of Broadcasting - What has Happened So Far, What Happens Next

    (Comments by Hikaru Doumoto)

    Three days of presentations and symposiums to convey the results of surveys and research by staff of the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute will be held at the Chiyoda Broadcasting Hall from March 3rd. The content, appropriately for this landmark year, includes a listening workshop with some of the latest research results based on the radio programs Gaito Rokuon (Street Recordings) and Shakai no Mado (Window on Society.) These were started soon after the war, in the 1950’s and became a wellspring for future broadcast documentaries. The event is open to the public and application via the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute website is needed.

  • On the Overseas Promotion of 8K (Super Hi-Vision)

    (Comments by Yasuto Hamada, Executive Director-General of Engineering)

    The first exhibition of 8K (Super Hi-Vision) in the Middle East was held for three days from January 20th at the IBC Dubai international exhibition in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Scenes from last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil were displayed on a large, 85 inch screen. Many viewers were impressed, saying that it felt just like being in the stadium. Many also spoke of their high expectations for this technology in such fields as medicine, tourism and events.

    For the diffusion of 8K abroad, there will also be exhibitions at NAB, the largest fair of broadcasting equipment in North America, in April, and IBC in the Netherlands in September. We shall again be promoting 8K vigorously to the world this year.