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Summary of Press Conference (July, 2019)

  • On the record rains in southern areas of Kyushu

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    The rains that fell in southern Kyushu reached record levels. With soil loosened by the flooding, even a little rain brings the danger of landslides, and firm warnings continue to be necessary. NHK is delivering detailed required information to viewers through both national and local broadcast channels, as well as via the internet. Fulfilling our role as a public media, NHK is putting all its efforts into 'Reporting to protect lives and livelihoods' and continuing to deliver information for disaster prevention and reduction.

  • On the House of Councillors election

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    As it has done until now, NHK will provide information on the parties’ policies and campaigning points to allow viewers to make their decision on voting, as well as individual results and the state of the parties, in accordance with our policy of providing timely and accurate reporting. Utilizing our total network of 54 NHK stations, including headquarters, information about the national election, as well as local policy issues and campaigns, along with the results, will be delivered in detail. For this election, NHK will again thoroughly respond to the expectations and interest of viewers, delivering information in a timely, accurate and easy-to-understand fashion, so that we will be source of reporting on which viewers can make their decision, via all transmission channels: television, radio, international broadcasting and the internet. On General TV, an election results bulletin program "San-in-sen 2019 Kai-hyo Sokuho (Upper House Election 2019 Results Report)" will broadcast from 7.55p.m. on July 21st. The historical Taiga drama "Idaten", which normally shows in that slot, will not be broadcast that day.
    The election results will also be broadcast on Radio 1, FM and our international channels. In addition, the latest results from constituencies and on candidates will be delivered via the internet, to mobile phones and smartphones, and via NHK's data broadcasting. NHK will employ its nationwide reporting network to conduct comprehensive coverage of the election situation, while each regional bureau is putting the utmost effort into measures preparing to report on the election results. Regarding the election results bulletin program, while taking into account an analysis of the results of our reporting before the vote and our exit poll, when it is possible to predict the victory of candidates, with an emphasis on accuracy, our policy will be to deliver the projected winners quickly.

  • On it being one year until the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    NHK is moving ahead with preparations to achieve our aim of providing all its viewers with the 'Highest standards of broadcasting and services', as is laid out in our three-year corporate plan. What we are aiming to deliver to our viewers for Tokyo 2020 we have consolidated into 'Four pledges'. The first is 'To share the full excitement of the stadium experience all over Japan'. The number of hours of the Olympic and Paralympic Games broadcast is expected to be greater than any previous Games. And the 8K broadcasts will be on a scale not seen previously, with coverage of the main events, opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will also be the first Games to feature live 8K broadcasting of Paralympic events.
    The second is 'To deliver the decisive moments anytime, anywhere'. Employing broadcasts supplemented by digital mediums, viewers will be able to enjoy the vital moments whenever and wherever they are. Preparations are moving ahead to deliver broadcasting and services to as many people as possible, utilizing innovative solutions, including automated commentary and subtitling technology.
    The third is 'To connect the whole of Japan, and Japan with the world'. From March 26th next year, the Olympic torch relay will begin, while the torch for the Paralympic relay will be lit by the rays of the sun in various regions around the country in August; these will be broadcast, mostly live, using NHK's network of regional stations.
    The fourth is 'Contributing to the realization of an inclusive society'. NHK is also upholding the Paralympic ideal of 'realizing an inclusive society' through its broadcasting and services. The excellence of the world's parasports athletes who will participate in the Games will be comprehensively broadcast. The 'Universal broadcast and services' will be provided so that everyone can enjoy the events, including those with impairments and overseas visitors who don't understand Japanese. And to help transmit the excellence of the parasports and para-athletes, 'NHK Paralympic Broadcast Reporters' have been appointed. Three reporters with impairments have been recruited by NHK: Yuki Goto, Erina Chiba and Daishin Mikami. Through realizing those 'Four pledges' by Tokyo 2020, looking ahead to the future, by delivering its broadcasting and services, NHK will signal its positioning as a public media.

  • On BS8K Programs for August

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In August on NHK BS8K, programming centered round 'Nippon no Natsu Matsuri '(Japan's Summer Festivals)' will be presented. Live broadcasts featuring ultra-high-definition images and immersive sound will come from summer festivals around Japan. Niigata Prefecture's 'Nagaoka Matsuri Hanabi Taikai (Nagaoka Fireworks Festival)', Aomori Prefecture's 'Nebuta Matsuri', Tokushima Prefecture's 'Awa-odori' dance festival and Akita Prefecture's 'Omagari no Hanabi (Omagari Fireworks Festival)' will each be presented in a way that will allow viewers to feel like they are really watching from the best seats in the house. For September on BS8K, the theme will be '8K is coming from around the world' and is scheduled to feature 8K content from countries around the globe, including the United States and China. Looking ahead, BS4K and BS8K will continue to deliver exciting content, and a variety of promotional activities for the new formats will be taking place. One of these activities will be 8K public viewing at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya for three days from August 1st. And on August 29th to September 1st, the 'Kocchi sugoiyo! 4K8K Super Hi-Vision Park' event, also at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, will help promote BS4K and BS8K by allowing people to experience the excitement of the channels. In addition, 8K digital content will be presented to allow visitors to experience it and the new appeal of broadcasting at 'NHK Plus Cross SHIBUYA' beginning in November. The location will be the 14 th floor of the Shibuya Scramble Square, a major retail development directly connected to Tokyo's Shibuya Station. From the middle of Shibuya to Japan, and to the world, the potential of this new medium will be transmitted.

  • On the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest in Mongolia

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In August, the ABU Robocon will be held in Mongolia. Run by the ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) of which NHK is a member, it is a contest between robots built by students from across the Asia-Pacific region. The event began at the suggestion of NHK in 2002 and this year is the 18th edition. It will take place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on August 25th and feature 17 teams from 16 countries and regions. The challenge this year, with the event being held in Mongolia, will be on the theme of a 'horse relay'. Messenger 'robots that move on four legs' will be timed moving across obstacles, designed to simulate sand dunes and a river. Will the Japanese team be able to overcome its fierce rivals as it attempts to be crowned champion for the first time in six years, in what is expected to be a heated contest? Footage from the competition is scheduled to be broadcast on General TV on September 23rd.

  • On progress in the advancement of women

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In the NHK Action Plan a target of 'women in more than 10% of management positions by 2020' has been set, and in the June management reshuffle a new executive structure for NHK and its related organizations has been implemented. Female chiefs of regional bureaus and at headquarters increased from 10 last year to 14, while women appointed to management positions increased from 42 to 50. The proportion of management positions held by women has increased from 8.7% to 9.5%, taking us to within striking distance of the target we have set. On the other hand, women have been appointed to positions of president at related organizations and subsidiaries, including at the NHK Culture Center, Inc. While at the related public interest corporation NHK Health Insurance Society, a woman was also selected as its head. Looking ahead, we will create an environment where it is comfortable for anybody to work, while women are treated properly and promoted.

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

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    Regarding the business performance in the first period of the 2019 fiscal year, which ran until the end of May, the number of receiving fee contracts increased by 124,000, which represents 28.9% of our annual target of 430,000 new contracts. The number of satellite contracts has increased by 156,000, which represents 26.9% of our annual target of 580,000 new contracts. Although the increase in the number of receiving fee contracts and satellite contracts didn't reach the same high levels seen last year, moving forward, we will make the utmost effort to ensure we reach our annual targets.