NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (May, 2019)

  • On Programs related to "From Heisei to Reiwa"

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    To mark the change in eras from Heisei to Reiwa, NHK delivered special programming.
    Regarding the abdication and ascension ceremonies, on April 30th and May 1st, in accordance with the constitutional functions of the emperor, the ceremony of abdication, the “Kenji to Shokei no Gi” and “Sokui go Choken no Gi” ceremonies, which were held in the "Matsu no Ma" room of the Imperial Palace, were broadcast live as part of special news programs. The ceremonies that took place at the Imperial Palace, the journey of the new Emperor from his residence, the Cabinet decisions taken related to the various ceremonies, were discussed and explained by reporters. In addition, expert studio guests, including former officials who served many years in the Imperial Household Agency and people who are well acquainted with the imperial family, provided a frank portrayal of both the abdicating and ascending emperors and empresses, as well delving into various aspects, such as the constitutional issues surrounding the abdication and the ascension, and the role of the new emperor as a symbol of the state .
    The ceremony of abdication, the “Kenji to Shokei no Gi” and “Sokui go Choken no Gi” ceremonies were broadcast live on BS8K. They were also broadcast via the internet simultaneously on NHK's NEWS WEB and the NHK NEWS & Disaster Info app.
    On April 30th, the NHK Special "Nihon-jin to Tenno (The Japanese People and the Emperor)" took a long-term view of the Emperor from the perspective of Japanese people.
    Also on the 30th, "Yuku Jidai Kuru Jidai (End of Era, Beginning of an Era)" featured a look back at a variety of topics from the 30 years of the Heisei era, presented by comedy duo Bakusho Mondai.
    On the 1st, "Shin-Tenno, Shin-Kogo 'Ayumareru Michi' (The Path of the New Emperor and Empress)" looked at how the new Emperor approached the path to his ascension from an early age based on exclusive interviews with his friends at the time he spent studying in England. The program also portrayed the new Empress Masako and how she felt when she rushed to visit survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and I think it presented the humanity of the imperial couple.
    And on Radio1 for four consecutive evenings from April 27th to 30th, special feature editions of "Radio Shinya Bin (Late Night Radio") took a look back at the 30 years of culture, entertainment, sports and music of the Heisei era, with presenters from the program's history.
    On the international broadcast channels of NHK WORLD JAPAN, on April 30th and May 1st, there was a total of 3 hours and 40 minutes of special news programs on the international television channels covering the abdication and ascension for a global audience, as well as broadcasts on the Chinese language internet platform, which included simultaneous translations in the broadcasts of the ceremony. Radio coverage of the events was also delivered in 17 languages.
    In terms of our coverage of the abdication and ascension on news and other programs, they were watched by many viewers, and I think we properly responded to the needs of our viewers and the nation's citizens.

  • On a feature program which portrays the turning points in the lives of parasports athletes

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    With the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held next year, NHK will deliver even more comprehensive coverage.
    Next month, a special feature program "Reset" will portray the various struggles overcome by parasports athletes from Japan and around the world. The program will tell the story of the athletes and the new lives that were opened-up to them through their experiences with parasports. The program will feature four athletes, including Japanese wheelchair marathon competitor Tsubasa Kina and U.S. archer Matt Stutzman. Actress Hikari Mitsushima will visit athletes from various countries around the world. The program will consist of two main components: drama segments portraying the paths taken by the individual athletes as well as documentary segments with frank interviews of the athletes by Ms. Mitsushima.

  • The BS8K June Line-up

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    The theme for programming on BS8K in June will be art and culture. For four days beginning June 9th, "Louvre Bijutsukan Bi no Dendo no 500-nen (The Louvre Museum – 500 Years of the Palace of Beauty)" will feature artworks which are in storage at the Louvre, alongside the history of the museum itself. The first episode will cover the story of the king of France receiving the Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci, along with other famous works of art. The second program will examine the flourishing of French art under the absolute monarchy of the 17th and 18th centuries, while the third will examine the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, including the Napoleonic campaigns, as a result of which ancient Egyptian masterpieces and artefacts were taken back to France. And the fourth program will feature the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and other pieces that portray the tumultuous times.