Overview of Operations

Overview of Operations
  • Overview of Operations

    As a public broadcaster, one of NHK’s objectives is to provide enriched and high-quality programs domestically for the public welfare in such a manner as they can be received throughout Japan. NHK is also committed to international broadcasts as well as services that are required for the development and advancement of broadcasting and reception.

    NHK’s corporate plan for 2015-2017 was implemented in April 2015, detailing our objectives and strategies. NHK will continue to make every effort to meet those goals and to fulfill its role as a public broadcaster.

  • Domestic Broadcasts

    A diverse range of programs - covering news, education, culture, family entertainment and sports - are broadcast around the clock on every day of the year.

    NHK operates four television channels: General TV, Educational TV, BS 1 and BS Premium. NHK also delivers three radio channels: Radio 1, Radio 2 and FM.

    Please click here for information on NHK’s domestic channels.

  • International Services

    NHK offers services to overseas countries, namely NHK WORLD, on television, radio and via the Internet. NHK strives to promote a deeper international understanding of Japan, introducing the latest events in Japan through news and other programs.

    • There are two services: NHK WORLD TV and NHK WORLD PREMIUM.
    • NHK World TV
    • NHK WORLD TV is an English-language television channel broadcasting up-to-the-minute news and programs that showcase Japanese culture and society. NHK WORLD TV launched its HD broadcast in December 2009.
    • NHK WORLD PREMIUM is a Japanese-language service aimed at Japanese living abroad. A wide variety of programs are distributed through local cable and satellite stations.
    • NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN is a radio service with broadcasts in 18 languages: Japanese, English, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.
    • NHK World TV
    • Access to news articles and videos is also provided through the NHK WORLD web site. The web site is available in 18 languages. The site also provides live streaming services for NHK WORLD TV and RADIO JAPAN.
  • Please visit the NHK WORLD web site for more details about our international services.
  • Research Activities

    NHK is committed to carrying out research that is required to advance broadcasting and the reception of programming.

    NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL) is the sole research facility in Japan that specializes in broadcasting technology. It has the task of leading Japan in developing new broadcasting technologies and contributing to a rich broadcasting culture.

    One example of a system undergoing intensive research is 8K(Super Hi-Vision). It offers 16 times the number of pixels of current Hi-Vision (HD) and a 22.2 multichannel sound system. It gives viewers the sensation they are actually present at the place the image is being captured.

    Please visit the STRL web site for details about our technical R&D.