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Comments from the Top (Executive Director - General of Broadcasting)

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (November, 2016)

  • On the finalization of the plan for the 2019 historical ‘Taiga’ drama

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    The theme of the 58th historical ‘Taiga’ drama, to be broadcast in 2019, has been set as Japan’s involvement with the Olympic Games. Kankuro Kudo has been asked to write the original script. The drama will tell the story of the half century from the 1912 Stockholm Games, the first at which Japanese athletes participated, up until the 1964 Tokyo Games. Further details, including the title, main actor/actress and story, will be announced as they are decided.

  • On recommended programs for the Year-end and New Year period

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    On General TV, a wide variety of programs are scheduled for the period to allow people to spend an enjoyable time with their friends and family while taking a look back at the year at a time that is filled with many different emotions.
    On December 19th, there will be a special edition of “Close-up Gendai+”. On December 21st, a “Family History” special will look at the origins of Takeshi Kitano, as well as the documentary program “VOICE” which uses just interview footage with no narration, and other programs. In addition, in the new year on January 2nd, a period drama set in the new year “Kagero no Tsuji – Kanketsu Hen (The Finale)” will be shown. On the 3rd, the drama “Fuji Family 2017” will be broadcast.
    On Educational TV on December 30th, “Colorful! Special - Watashi no Uma wa Yonaguniuma (My Horse is a Yonaguni Horse)”. On new year’s eve, "Nichi-yo Bijutsukan 40 Shunen Tokushu (Sunday Art Museum 40th Anniversary Special) ‘Yukubi Kurubi (The Beauty Ending, The Beauty Coming)’ 2016" will be broadcast. On January 3rd, a drama set in an old style Japanese house café that aims to revitalize a down-at-heel town in Kanazawa “Furu-café Kei Haru-san no Kyujitsu – Shogatsu SP (Haru-san’s Old Café – New Year Holiday Special)” will be broadcast.
    On BS1 on December 24th, “Ozawa Watasanai! Chozetsu Breakdance Sekai Ichi Kessen (I Won’t Give up the Throne! Breakdance Transcendence – Battle to be World Number One)” will be shown. On New Year’s Day “COOL JAPAN Shinshun Tokushu – Sekai ga Odoroita Nippon – (New Year Special – Amazing Japan) will be shown. On January 3rd, “Denali - Kyukyoku no Ski Kakko ni Idomu (Denali – Challenging the Extreme Skiing Descent) will be broadcast.
    In addition, on BS Premium on December 16th, “Anata ni Okuru (Sending to You) – Christmas Song Selection)” will be broadcast. On the 18th, “Nama Hoso! Mirai wa Ko Nachaun Janai no TV (Live Broadcast! The Future Will be Like This, Won’t it, TV)” will be broadcast. On New Year’s Day “Meiji Ishin 150 Nen no Shinshun Tokubetsu Kikaku [Edo-jo Muketsu Kaijo] (Meiji Restoration 150th Anniversary New Year Special Plan [The Bloodless Surrender of Edo Castle])” will be shown, while on January 3rd, “Ooka Echizen Special” will be broadcast.
    And on Radio 1 on December 30th “Hit Chart Ja Wakaranai J-POP Buyers Check 2016 Year-end Special” will be broadcast. On January 2nd, a new year edition of radio comedy “Shiwa House” will be broadcast. In addition, on FM Radio on December 24th “Anison (Anime song) Academy Special – Fuyu Yasumi! (Winter Holiday) Live! Live! Live!)” will be broadcast.

  • NHK Special “Drama Tokyo Saiban – Hito wa Senso wo Sabakeru ka (Mini-Series Drama: The Tokyo Trial – Can People Judge War?)”

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    A joint international production, Tokyo Trial, will be broadcast on four consecutive evenings from December 12th. Nearly 70 years ago, the judiciary at the Tokyo Trials wrestled with the fundamental question of whether war, which had up until then had been classified as legal, could be a crime. For the making of the program, NHK gathered evidence on the subject from the writings, records and testimonies of people from the legal profession in various countries. Wanting this drama to be seen by viewers everywhere and send a message to a world where conflicts still rage without cease, we made this as a joint, international production together with partners in Canada and the Netherlands. In addition to being broadcast domestically, Netflix will stream the program globally at around the same time in 20 languages, I hear. This is not, however, a joint production by NHK and Netflix and there is no contract between us. The co-production is strictly between NHK and the partners in Canada and the Netherlands but we decided to distribute it this way after Netflix requested the distribution rights for the Canadian production.

  • The music and title sequence for “Onna Joshu Naotora” have been decided

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    The music for the historical ‘Taiga’ drama will be produced by Yoko Kanno, who wrote the Tohoku disaster recovery song "Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom)." The conductor for the theme music will be Paavo Järvi, who last year became the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor. The pianist will be Lang Lang. And the music for the travelogue sequence that is shown after the drama will be performed by the violinist Midori Goto. The title sequence has been produced by art director Haruka Furuya on the theme of ‘Fighting Flowers’. The title sequence expresses the determination to survive of the lead character through images of ‘Fighting Flowers’ that bloom again and again persistently, suggesting heroine’s resurgence.

  • Programs related to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai, Senior Director, Assistance of Broadcasting)

    On New Year’s Day at 10p.m. “Futari no Kosuke (Two Kosukes)” will be broadcast. Kosuke Kitajima was an ace Japanese swimmer who won four gold medals, at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, and retired in April this year. Kosuke Hagino, who dedicated himself to becoming Japan’s next ace, won three medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. What does it mean to be an ‘ace’ and what burden does it bring? The program will look at the relationship between the two Kosukes before and after the Rio Olympics and look back at the competition between them, and the passing of the baton to the next generation. It will also examine what is the ‘ace spirit’ that Hagino will take to the Tokyo Olympics. And on December 4th, “Tokyo Oripara Dan (Paralympic Team)” will take a look at the “Oita International Wheelchair Marathon” and examine the appeal of wheelchair marathons. On December 18th, “Sekai wa Tokyo wo Mezasu (The World is Aiming for Tokyo)” will portray the strenuous training of Eleftherios Petrounias, the Greek gold medalist in the gymnastic rings at the Rio Olympics, as he prepares for Tokyo.

  • General TV NHK Special “Planet Earth II”

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai)

    10 years after the first “Planet Earth” series, a co-production between NHK and the BBC that depicted previously unseen views of the raw natural world and animal behavior in stunning footage. The series had received so much attention, and the new series begins in December. With footage shot not looking down from above, but from the perspective of the animals themselves, the series travels the world to look at how a variety of living things survive in their respective environments. On December 23rd, “Prologue” will be broadcast. Self-confessed “Planet Earth” fan Naoki Tanaka of comedy duo Cocorico and wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago will visit the studio and look back at outstanding scenes from the previous series, as well as explaining the ground-breaking filming techniques used for the new production. The theme of the first episode, which will be broadcast on December 25th, is ‘Life of Survival’ and portrays how living creatures survive in harsh environments. The second and third episodes are scheduled for broadcast in 2017.

  • BS Premium series Shirarezaru Kodai Bunmei (Unknown Ancient Civilization)

    (Comments by Hisasi Anzai)

    Thanks to advancements in scientific knowledge and technology, the riddles of ancient civilizations are being solved one after another. On December 3rd, “Hakken! Nazca – Daichi ni Kakusareta Michinaru Chijo-e (Discovered! – The Hidden Elements of the Nazca Lines)” will feature actor Takeru Satoh visiting Nazca in Peru, where a Japanese research team is employing a high-powered laser to uncover the secrets of the geoglyphs, their history and unknown role. On December 10th, “Hakken! Maya – Mitsurin ni Kakusareta Pyramid to Nazo no Ishi Butai (The Pyramids and the Mysterious Stone Stage Hidden in the Jungle)” will feature Takeru Satoh visiting the ancient ruins, that had lay hidden in the jungles of Central America, with a research time carrying out field work to uncover the drama of the rise and fall of the Mayan Civilization. On the 17th, “Tenku no Himitsu Toshi Machu Picchu – Subete no Nazo no Tettei Tsuikyu (Secret City of the Clouds Machu Picchu – Investigating all its Riddles)” will use the latest research and mysterious footage from Machu Picchu to compellingly portray the history of the city from its birth to the extermination of the Incas.