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Summary of Press Conference (April, 2017)

  • On the start of the new fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    The current fiscal year’s budget was approved unanimously by both houses of the Diet, providing an opportunity for a fresh start to the final year of the three-year NHK Corporate Plan. From the starting point of our "80% receiving fee payment rate" goal, we will move forward toward achieving our aims with our staff solidly united in their intentions.
    For the new fiscal year, we are revamping our news programs. The main newscasters for the morning and 7p.m. programs will be changed together for the first time in nine years. The 9p.m. and 11p.m. slots have seen new faces brought in with the purpose of making the programs more appealing than ever, and I feel a fresh start has been made. With regard to international broadcasting, new features include the “Chiiki no Miryoku Hashin Zone (Transmitting the Appeal of the Regions Zone)”, which will increase the number of programs showing the charms of Japan’s regions to the world as we move toward the 2020 (the year of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games), as part of an overall strengthening of content.
    This fiscal year will be an important one in terms of formulating our next three-year NHK Corporate Plan. Continuing with the concept of ‘NHK Vision’ from our current corporate plan, we are aiming to realize the very highest standards of broadcasting and service as the world’s eyes are on Japan in the lead up to 2020. In addition to our current broadcasting capabilities, we are scheduled to introduce full broadcasts of 4K and 8K next year, and strengthen our internet services and international broadcasting. And in order to meet the needs of all of our viewers and listeners, we will examine the allocation of our resources.
    In addition, a ‘Committee to Examine the Receiving Fee System’ has been established as an advisory body to the president, and is looking at the receiving fee system and its management against the changes of the media and societal environment. We are moving steadfastly on the road to ‘Progressing Toward Being a Public Media’.
    Moving forward, while communicating with people from the various fields we are involved in, I will aim to achieve consensus on management with our staff, and as president, keep in mind the impartial and efficient business performance of public broadcaster, as well as sticking to our principles of independence and autonomy, and being a public broadcaster that all our viewers and listeners can trust as we properly fulfil that role and resolutely progress toward our goals of ‘Challenge and Reform’.

  • On prospects of NHK's business performance in the last fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The total number of receiving contracts is expected to have increased by 506,000, which would be 1.2% higher than our annual target of 500,000. The number of satellite contracts is expected to be increased by 685,000, which would be 8.8% higher than our annual target of 630,000. The number of total and satellite contracts is expected to have increased by enough to have met our annual target as set out in the three-year Corporate Plan. This means that we are on course to have achieved our target of a 78% payment rate for the receiving fees, and 50% of households signed up for satellite contracts one year ahead of the schedule laid out in our Corporate Plan. In the current fiscal year, we will put our utmost efforts into seeking the understanding of all of our viewers and listeners regarding the receiving fee system and the importance of our role as a public broadcaster.

  • On the international co-production with the British Museum

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The secrets of the celebrated Edo Period Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai’s works will be examined in the program, shot on 8K cameras in cooperation with the British Museum in UK. The woodblock print Gaifu Kaisei (Clear Day with a Southern Breeze) - also known as Aka Fuji (Red Fuji) of the series Fugaku Sanjurokkei (36 Views of Mount Fuji) and the painting Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo Zu (Warrior hero Tametomo and the inhabitants of Onoshima island) from the British Museum, as well as other Hokusai works from museums and private collections around the world, will be filmed in 8K, and the images analyzed by a team of researchers.
    The ultra-high-definition images of 8K can record intricate details not visible to the naked eye, which can then be played back. This will reveal the Hokusai’s techniques that various colors and fine lines that are on top of each other, making it possible for the secrets and intentions of the artist’s works to be made clear. In addition to being broadcast in 8K, the co-production will be shown on BS Premium and the NHK WORLD TV international channel toward the end of this year.

  • On the 2017 Open House at the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories

    (Comments by Kouki Morinaga, Executive Director, Chief of Engineering, Responsible for Engineering and Information Systems & Security)

    For four days, from May 25th to 28th, the Open House at the NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, will introduce NHK's latest research advances, with the theme of “Evolving Broadcast Technology 2020 and Beyond”. At this year's exhibition, one of the main attractions will be the use of AI in program making technology: ‘Smart Production’. Technology using Big Data culled from the internet and social media to find incidents and accidents people are interested in, which could be a news story, will be on display. There will be 30 exhibitions from NHK’s research and development focusing on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and looking to the future beyond them. On the 27th and 28th, researchers from the facility will be hosting guided tours, while events aimed at children will allow them to try out practical lessons in technology.

  • Q&A Session

    Q: On the third time of arrest of NHK Yamagata Station’s former reporter and the voluntary returning of part of their salaries by board members
    A: (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)
    We take extremely seriously the case of the reporter who worked at a number of NHK stations being arrested and indicted on suspicion of multiple heinous crimes. Considering the grave responsibility for damaging our trust as us, a public broadcaster, the executive board decided to return remuneration. We once again offer our deepest apologies for the hurt suffered by all the victims and others affected, as well to all viewers and citizens. In light of the damage done to a public broadcaster and our news reporting, as well as the fact that the case has caused anxiety within local communities, the board has decided unanimously to return part of our remuneration, as one expression of our responsibility, both morally and in terms of management.