NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (June, 2019)

  • On the approval of the reform of the Broadcast Law

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    The revision of the Broadcast Law, including acceptance of NHK's continuous simultaneous internet streaming of television broadcasts, was approved and adopted in the Diet on May 29th. With broadcasting as our central pillar, appropriate utilization of the internet, with continuous simultaneous online streaming and catch-up services, viewers will be able to access the content and information they need 'anytime, anywhere' through television, radio, smartphones and other mobile devices, in ways that fit their lifestyles.
    We will move forward purposefully with preparations to realize continuous simultaneous online streaming, while sincerely taking onboard the opinions and guidance received from the deliberations and secondary resolutions at the Diet. The first step towards realizing continuous simultaneous online streaming is to newly formulate NHK's internet operational standards, which requires the approval of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications. We will move ahead with creating operational standards for our utilization of the internet, based on the evaluation guidelines we are scheduled to receive from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
    In addition, we are moving ahead quickly with the necessary preparations, including readying the related systems and equipment, establishing a method of confirming users' identities and how that will work with the receiving fee system, as well as managing issues surrounding copyright with the relevant parties. And we are also implementing measures, as a public service media, to ensure that viewers and citizens have sufficient understanding of the new simultaneous continuous online streaming and catch-up service, as well as proactive efforts to provide information so that people are able to make use of them.
    Based on the dual system of public and commercial broadcasters we have fostered until now, even in the era of the convergence of broadcasting and the internet, we aim to help to contribute to fulfilling the right of citizens to know as part of a fully functioning democracy, as well as to improve culture. NHK will continue to move forward with measures to comprehensively fulfil our role as a 'core component of social infrastructure' which is trusted by our viewers, while pursuing these goals of public value.

  • On matters related to the one-year mark until the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    It will soon be one year until the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and NHK is transmitting the excitement of the Games through both broadcasting and events.
    As part of this, it has been decided that the five members of boy-band Arashi will serve as 'special navigators' for NHK broadcasts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The members of Arashi will be the special presenters for the "2020 Stadium" feature programs that will be broadcast on July 24th, one year before the Olympic Games open, and on August 28th, one year before the Paralympic Games open, which will deliver the latest information about the Games and the excitement of the various sports to viewers.
    In addition, the "N Supo! 2019 (N Sports! 2019)" participatory sports event will be held at the Shibuya Hikarie building from July 20 to 24th. This year, which will be the fifth event, will feature a performance by the children's music unit Foorin of 'Paprika', the NHK 2020 song, composed, written and produced by Kenshi Yonezu; a talk show by Sadao Abe, who in NHK's Taiga historical drama plays Seiji Tabata, the person instrumental in first bringing the Olympics to Japan, recordings of the Paralympic program "Para-mania" and the "Suiensaa" program, which looks at sport through the prism of science, among other attractions.
    There will also be 8K Super Hi-Vision public viewings, demonstrations by top-level athletes, the chance to try out parasports, special screenings of the program which portrays the appeals of parasports through anime "Ani x Para", allowing various ways to enjoy sports.

  • On BS8K Programs for July

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    It is now half a year since the launch of the BS4K and BS8K channels. It feels like a worldwide shift towards 4K and 8K has also begun. At the world's largest content market, which was held in April in France, as well as 4K productions, there was also for the first time an 8K program session, with screenings of productions not just from Japan, but also from America, France and other countries. The 4K and 8K production field has taken a step forward.
    In July on NHK BS8K, with it being exactly 50 years since the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, programming centered on the theme of space will be delivered. On July 7th, the day of the Tanabata Star Festival, a special feature program which will allow viewers to experience a "Uchu e no Tabi (Journey to Space)" will be broadcast live. With real ultra-high-definition images of the sun, moon and Mars, the program will give viewers the feeling of an actual journey into space.
    And special programs will be broadcast on July 20th, the date that Apollo touched down on the moon. The astronauts who were able to land on the moon took photographs, which were of the highest resolution available at the time, of its surface and their activities on it. The program utilizes ultra-high-definition images of the moon's surface taken from Apollo 11 to 17, apart from the unsuccessful Apollo 13 mission, along with moving unknown episodes from the astronauts to uncover the mysteries of the moon.
    August is the time for Japanese summer festivals, while September will see the Rugby World Cup 2019 held in Japan, which will both be covered on BS4K and BS8K. Then next year will be the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as we aim to comprehensively demonstrate to viewers the value of the new broadcast formats.

  • On preventing the recurrence of the problem of characters who appeared in a program on NHK WORLD-JAPAN

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    An internal investigation has concluded that there was an inaccurate description of people who appeared in an episode of an NHK WORLD-JAPAN program "Inside Lens" which aired on November 19th last year. This is an extremely regrettable occurrence and I sincerely apologize to all our viewers. In light of the problem, we will take thorough measures as soon as possible to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.

    (Comments by the Head of Planning & General Affairs Division, Programming Department)
    I will list three measures to prevent a recurrence.
    The first is strengthening the confirmation process for special cases such as this.
    When interviewees are introduced by a third party with a vested interest in the coverage, as was the case for this program, checks to ensure the reliability of reporting and production will be strengthened.
    The second is with regard to the thoroughness of rules when contracting with an outside production company or acquiring a program. In the contract terms with outside production companies and independent directors, the importance of adhering to NHK's guidelines will be made clearer.
    The third is that the measures to prevent a recurrence will be made widely known within the organization, and from this month onward, training and seminars to explain them are scheduled to be held as appropriate.