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Summary of Press Conference (March, 2019)

  • On the 70th NHK Broadcasting Cultural Awards

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The NHK Broadcast Cultural Awards, which were established in 1949, are presented to those in the field of broadcasting who have contributed to its development and served to bring about advances in broadcast culture. The awardees are decided after listening to the opinions of various experts. This year there will be nine recipients.
    Haiku poet Teiko Inahata, the chairperson of the Association of Japanese Classical Haiku, has appeared on many programs featuring haiku and through the medium of broadcasting spread the culture of haiku and laid the foundation for the current boom.
    Toru Ifukube, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, is the leading exponent of welfare engineering to support the elderly and those with disabilities to be able to 'see, hear and speak' and developed the emergency earthquake alert chime.
    Masami Ohinata, president of Keisen University, has been ever-present on programs about child rearing for more than 30 years. Her opinions on issues around child rearing and education have resounded with viewers.
    Tadaaki Otaka is the conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and has represented Japan on the international stage as a conductor, as well as appearing on numerous music programs.
    Actor Masaomi Kondo has appeared on many television dramas, including NHK's 'Taiga' historical dramas. Playing a wide variety of roles, he has been an important part of Japanese television for half a century.
    Author Genichiro Takahashi, who is also a professor at Meiji University, has made significant contributions to programs about culture and is currently appearing as a presenter on Radio 1's Friday "Suppin!" program.
    Kyogen performer Man Nomura has appeared on programs about traditional performing arts for more than half a century. As chairperson of the Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations, he has acted as a bridge between the worlds of broadcasting and traditional performing arts.
    Izumi Haraguchi, a professor at Shigakukan University in Kagoshima, as the leading historical researcher on the Satsuma Domain, was an advisor on historical accuracy for dramas including NHK's "Segodon" 'Taiga' drama.
    University of Hyogo professor Yoshiteru Murosaki, who specializes in disaster risk reduction, has appeared on numerous programs related to natural disaster and disaster prevention in the more than 20 years since the Great Hanshin earthquake.
    The award ceremony will be held at the Broadcasting Memorial Day Ceremony on March 15th.

  • On 8K programs delivering tours of famous sights such as the Palace of Versailles

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In April on BS8K, programs centered round the theme of 'travel journal' will be broadcast. The four-part series "Kyukyoku (Ultimate) Guide TV" will feature world famous sights, such as the Palace of Versailles in France, Italy's Colosseum, as well as Nikko and Itsukushima in Japan, showing the 'ultimate' two-hour tours around them. On April 7th, "Ni-jikan de Mawaru Versailles Kyuden (A Two-Hour Tour of the Palace of Versailles)" will take viewers inside the famous Hall of Mirrors, where Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette held costume balls, examining the walls and ceilings of the palace, which are richly decorated with sculptures and paintings.
    In terms of sports programming, the Japan Swim 2019 competition will be broadcast for a week from April 2nd. Swimming has been filmed in 8K since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics of 2016, but this competition will be covered using rail cameras that will move alongside the swimmers, as well as slow motion footage shot with high-speed 8K cameras, allowing viewers to feel as if they are actually in the venue.
    Beginning on March 23rd, three games of the Spring Koshien high school baseball tournament, the two semi-finals and the final, will be shown. Shot with eight 4K cameras for a separate program from that shown on General TV, this will be an original 4K production with different footage and commentary.

  • On exclusive new footage and audio in the BS feature "ZARD-yo Eien Nare (The Eternal ZARD)"

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    BS Premium will broadcast this special feature program on the artist ZARD, who created many stand-out hit songs of the Heisei era, using previously unreleased valuable materials to uncover the story behind the various tracks. Izumi Sakai, who led ZARD, captured the hearts of many people with her strong vocals and her relatable lyrics, which she wrote herself, on million-selling hits such as "Makenaide" and "Yureru Omoi". As part of her songwriting process, Sakai made a huge number of memos almost every day from her debut until her death at the young age of 40. By analyzing those memos, the program will reveal the previously unknown thoughts behind the lyrics that Sakai wrote. The program will also include valuable material which has never been seen until now, including frank unseen footage and audio of her working on songs, to reveal the secrets behind the songs of Sakai, who rarely appeared in the media, but still resonate with people across generations today.