NHK/commercial broadcasters: a system of coexistence

It was decided that the broadcasting system in the post-war era would have two pillars, with the public broadcaster to provide the full benefit of broadcasting to everybody in Japan, and commercial broadcasters to enhance broadcasting culture through innovation and ingenuity. On September 1, 1951, CBC Radio (JOAR) gave its first broadcast. This was soon followed by broadcasts from NJB (now Mainichi Broadcasting), ABC Radio (now Asahi Broadcasting Corporation) in Osaka, RKB Radio in Fukuoka (now RKB Mainichi), KBS Kyoto, and Radio Tokyo (now TBS).

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