NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (September, 2017)

  • On the 44th Japan Prize

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    The Japan Prize, an international contest dedicated to educational media content, will take place over eight days from October 11th to October 18th at the NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo. This year, 309 entries were received from 61 countries and regions, from which 50 programs and websites have been selected through preliminary judging for the “Audiovisual Division”. The final judging, which will be carried out by 12 experts from television networks and educational media from around the world, will take place on October 18th, with prizes awarded in the various categories, as well as the Grand Prix winner. In addition, screenings of programs and an exhibition of educational media will take place at the NHK Fureai Hall, which the public are welcome to attend.

  • On the business performance for the second period of the current fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The total receiving contracts increased by 189,000, which represents 37.8% of our annual target of 500,000 new contracts. The number of satellite contracts has increased by 196,000, which represents 32.7% of our annual target of 600,000 new contracts. Although this is below the strong start made to the previous fiscal year, we will be putting our utmost effort into reaching the target of an “80% payment rate,” which we have announced in our annual target and Corporate Plan.

  • On the broadcast of the World Para Swimming Championships

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games approaching, to allow people to appreciate the wonders of parasports, the World Para Swimming Championships, which will take place in Mexico from September 30th (local time) will be covered with a 50-minute highlight program broadcast on satellite BS1 channel every day for the duration of the event. All four Japanese medallists from last year’s Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games are scheduled to compete. We also hope viewers will focus on the young athletes who are aiming for success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The broadcasts will present the power of parasports in an accessible and comprehensive manner.

  • On our aims for the second half of the fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    Going forward, discussions regarding the next Corporate Plan will be held in earnest. Opinions will be openly exchanged with the Board of Governors and senior executives in a diligent fashion, with the aim of creating ‘consensus management’ that will respond to the hopes and trust of viewers and citizens while steering NHK forward. December will mark one year before the start of 4K and 8K full-scale satellite broadcasting. Along with acceleration of preparations such as the creation of content in order to promote and spread 4K and 8K, we will be working closely with other parties involved to deepen viewers understanding of the formats.

    And in terms of continuous simultaneous internet and television broadcasts, NHK is still considering its position. As I have said previously, with television broadcasting as our main pillar, we would like to also deliver accurate information and various programs via the internet in an appropriate fashion. We regard continuous simultaneous broadcasting as complementary to television broadcasts that allow programs to be viewed as they are via internet, in other words, a way to increase opportunities to watch content. The implementation of continuous simultaneous broadcasting requires legal measures, and NHK would like to present its basic position to the next planned ‘‘Committee on The Various Issues Surrounding Broadcasting” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication. We will continue to work steadily for making progress as a public media.

  • On the progress of management reform across the group

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    NHK Integrated Technology is being examined by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication’s ‘Committee on The Various Issues Surrounding Broadcasting’ with a view to drastically overhauling its operations, including re-evaluating its organization and the possibility of merging it into another entity. That process will begin by the end of this fiscal year. From NHK’s point of view, we will examine the current situation of operations and organizations including NHK Media Technology Inc. from scratch. Currently we have begun looking at the possibility of merging the operations of NHK Integrated Technology and NHK Media Technology Inc. As this is an important matter in terms of management, once further conclusions have been reached we will make an appropriate announcement.