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Summary of Press Conference (April, 2019)

  • On approval of NHK’s budget and business plan, etc.

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    NHK’s budget and business plan for the new fiscal year were approved unanimously in the Lower and Upper Houses. Unanimous approval has now been granted in each of the three years of my presidency. This is highly significant for NHK, which depends on the receiving fees borne by the viewers.
    This year’s budget includes a de facto reduction of the receiving fee due to the decision not to revise the fee when, as expected, the higher consumption tax rate is introduced in October. This is expected to lead to a reduction of revenues but NHK is maintaining strict management practices both in terms of our efforts to securing fee collection for the fairest possible burden sharing and, through the implementation of business and other reforms, by keeping business expenditures at the most appropriate level.
    A revision of the Broadcast Law which would permit NHK to distribute regular programming simultaneously on the Internet has also been submitted to the current regular session of parliament. NHK’s aim, while positioning broadcasting as its core activity, is to expand viewing and listening opportunities through supplementary use of the Internet. If this legal reform does make regular, simultaneous distribution possible, users will be able to access essential information and other content anytime and anywhere via smartphone and other mobile terminals. With regard to the Broadcast Law Reform Bill now before parliament, NHK is providing full explanations of its position and the issues raised by the implementation of regular, simultaneous distribution, and endeavoring to secure the understanding of everyone involved, our viewers and listeners, and all Japanese citizens.
    For NHK, the end of Heisei and start of the new Reiwa era is also the start of a new era for the public service media. In this era, also, of the fusion of broadcasting and telecommunications, NHK is committed to serving as the trusted foundation of society in the field of information and realizing the very highest values for public service.

  • On broadcasts of the Rugby World CupTM

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    For the Rugby World Cup from September, the former Japan’s national team player, Ayumu Goromaru, will serve as a special presenter on various NHK programs.
    In addition to appearing on relay broadcasts during the tournament, sports news and other rugby-related programs, he is also expected to coach at rugby clinics around Japan. A special theme song will also be composed for the rugby broadcasts. This will be sung by Little Glee Monster.
    NHK will broadcast 31 of the 48 matches at the Rugby World Cup. Three matches, including Japan’s game with Ireland, will be shown live on General TV, and 11 matches, including the opening game between Japan and Russia and the final, live on BS1. 17 matches, including Japan versus Scotland, will be broadcast in recorded form on BS1. Three matches, including Japan versus Ireland and the final, will be broadcast on BS8K, and six matches, including all of Japan’s group games and the final, on BS4K. There will also be Super Hi-Vision public viewings of Japan’s game with Ireland, the final and other matches.

  • On the “Future Switch – 2020 and Beyond” campaign

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    Taking our cue from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, NHK has launched the “Future Switch – 2020 and Beyond” campaign to encourage people to think about the everyday issues all around us.
    The word, switch, is used here in the sense of switching from one kind of behavior to another and switching the way we think and do things over to the other person’s point of view. Aiming to use the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a launch pad for changing society for the better and looking beyond 2020, we want to consider together with our viewers, chiefly through broadcasts and the Internet, solutions for building a society that provides an easy living environment for all.
    Mini-programs one minute and five minutes long will start in April. The theme for the spring is switching how we ride on escalators. The present custom is for people to stand on one side and leave the other side clear for those who wish to walk, but some people think this is dangerous. We want to consider with everyone what the best way to ride an escalator really is.
    Other topics to be considered include how to promote the use of AED devices for preventing deaths from cardiac arrest, including a smartphone function for finding the nearest AED device.
    The campaign is linked on the Internet to NHK News Web, where viewers will be invited to send comments on each theme. The opinions and ideas for solutions we receive will also be introduced in mini-programs.

  • On BS8K Programs for May

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    There will be a special focus on entertainment programs on BS8K in May. An “8K Super Cirque du Soleil” broadcast on May 19th will feature the globally popular Kurios production recorded in 8K. The brilliant performances, including breathtaking acrobatics, beautiful sets and lighting, and imaginative costumes, displayed in ultra-high definition images and 22.2 channel sound will deliver the sense of really being there that only 8K can produce.
    Other highlights will include opera from La Scala in Milan, ballet from the Paris Opera, and a concert collaboration between the globally admired British rock star, Sting, and Jamaican reggae singer, Shaggy.

  • On the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories Open House 2019

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The Open House for disseminating the latest advances in broadcasting technology widely to the general public will feature achievements in 24 research fields, including uses of virtual reality and other technologies to provide new services for viewers.
    The augmented reality (AR) technology displays include the opportunity to experience a futuristic TV system using AR glasses and the smartphone camera function to make people in the TV program appear to emerge life-sized in 3D in front of the screen.
    The latest 8K content will also be displayed on a big screen in the lecture hall.
    On the weekend, on June 1st and 2nd, researchers will lead guided tours and various events will be organized, including a hands-on workshop for children.

  • On the anticipated business results for the 2018 fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The total number of contracts has risen by 675,000, or 157.0% of the sales target of 430,000 contracts. The number of satellite contracts has increased by 681,000, or 117.5% of the sales target of 580,000. Both categories surpassed the target values and the payment rate is expected to reach 82%.
    These results have been achieved against the background of the new system for collection staff with the expansion of outside commissioning and also the increase in the number of people applying for receiving contracts in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling of December, 2017.
    The targets for the coming financial year are increases of 430,000 for the total number of contracts and 580,000 for satellite contracts, and a payment rate of 83%. This year, too, we will make every effort to explain the raison d’etre of public broadcasting and the receiving fee system to viewers and raise the payment rate still further.