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

Executive director - General of Broadcasting

Summary of Press Conference (October, 2018)

  • Classic films converted to 4K and 8K – Broadcast set for the world's first 8K version of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and other titles

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    On the BS4K and BS8K channels which will launch on December 1st, there will be broadcasts of classic films from down the years. I will talk about some of the those here.
    On the BS8K channel on December 1st, a landmark film in cinematic history, the science-fiction epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" will be broadcast. Although many films were shot in 35mm, this film which was made half a century ago, was one of the few shot in 70mm, the highest quality available at the time. Although the quality of 70mm films is comparable to 8K, there are a limited number of venues where they can be shown, so it was hard to enjoy them in the original quality. NHK was the first in the world to request this film be converted to 8K. Warner Bros., which owns the film, scanned the original film negatives, repairing scratches and restoring the color, to convert it into 8K. The result of that is the power and beauty of the 70mm original is fully captured in 8K, and the many famous scenes become even more vivid, with the attention to detail of director Stanley Kubrick expressed in the exquisite images, creating the feeling of really being on a trip in space, allowing the film to be enjoyed for the first time at home and in other venues. We would like viewers to thoroughly enjoy this masterpiece of film history.
    In addition, in March next year, the timeless classic "My Fair Lady" will be broadcast. Starring Audrey Hepburn in the lead role, this masterpiece of a musical film is loved by many fans to this day. This film was also shot in 70mm, and in its conversion to 8K the expressions and performance of Hepburn are of course captured, along with the details of the extravagant costumes and sets, allowing its vividness and gorgeousness to be expressed. Please enjoy these classic 70mm films which have been brought back to life in 8K.
    Meanwhile, on the BS4K channel, from December to January, films from giants of Japanese cinema, including Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, will be shown. A wide selection of films including "Rashomon", "Ukigusa (Floating Weeds)" and "Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of Ugetsu)", which are 35mm productions, have been remastered in 4K. Please enjoy these classic films from these master directors.

  • NHK "Hattatsu-shogai (Developmental disorder)" Campaign

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    According to a 2012 survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, one in 15 elementary and middle school children shows signs of developmental disorders. There are more than a few people, not only children, but adults as well, who were born with a 'special way of seeing the world' or other unique characteristics which people around them find difficult to understand, making life hard for them. From November, the NHK 'Hattatsu-shogai (Developmental disorder)' campaign will be active not just through broadcasts, but also via the internet, events and in other ways, using various measures to spread knowledge of developmental disorders to many people, and also aim to make them think about what is necessary for us to be able to all live harmoniously.
    On General TV on Saturday November 24th at 9 p.m. a special feature program "Hattatsu-shogai-tte Nan Daro Special (What are Developmental Disorders? Special) will be broadcast. Essayist Keiko Kojima, traditional Rakugo storyteller Karoku Yanagiya and manga artist Bakka Okita and others who are active in various fields, will talk about their own experiences. The program will also look at what measures are necessary to create an environment in businesses that allows people with developmental disorders to work easily 'what can those around do?'.
    On Educational TV on Saturday November 17th from 9.30 p.m. the "Uwasa no Hogosha-kai (The Hot Topic of Parent-teacher’s Meetings Special)” program will cover developmental disorders. As knowledge of developmental disorders has spread, the number of parents who are worrying that when their children 'can't sit still' or 'find communication with friends difficult' and wonder 'does my child have developmental disorders?' is increasing. The program will gather together parents who are facing such worries and look at what can be done for the sake of children who find themselves in such situations.
    And from November 11th on General TV and Educational TV, an anime series "Futsu-tte Nan Daro? (What is Normal Anyway?)" will be broadcast. People with developmental disorders will talk about their own unique way of feeling and the frictions with those around them, which will be animated in these two-minute programs. It will depict how people deal positively and live with problems that don't have solutions and their various kinds of 'normal'. I hope this will make viewers think what "What is Normal Anyway?" and that there are many kinds of 'normal' people.

  • NHK Special Series "Jinsei 100-nen Jidai o Ikiru (Living in the Age of 100-year Lifespans)

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki, Senior Director, Responsible for NHK WORLD, Assistance of Broadcasting)

    An NHK Special looking at the problems that arise as Japan faces the era of 100-year lifespans, and searching for solutions to them, in this series "Living in the Age of 100-year Lifespans" broadcast over two days from November 17th.
    The theme of the first episode is how senior citizens can live safely in their 'final home'. More than 300,000 people are on the waiting lists for special elderly care homes, while the government is planning to shift from a state-run system to a privately-run one. The answer to this is seen as being as the 'serviced elderly people's residences', referred to as 'sa-ko-ju'. However, on the ground, various problems are occurring, including the number of people with dementia and those requiring a high degree of nursing care being greater than expected, leading to concerns about protecting the safety of those living there. What is happening in this system which was hailed as the 'savior' for these problems. The program will look for answers based thorough reporting and a large-scale investigation to shed light on the reality of what is happening.
    The theme of the second episode is "Shumatsuki-iryo (End-of-life Medical Care)". The government has shifted the policy for end-of-life care from being hospital-based to home-based. However, when people are nearing the very end, they are usually taken to hospital and given life-support treatment. The program cooperated with a scientific group to carry out a nationwide study of hospital ER departments. What kind of problems are occurring around the medical treatment reforms that the government has promoted? The program will also look at how can patients be taken care of in their final days, as well examine the issue of 'ending life-prolonging treatment', which has begun in some hospitals. Author Sawako Agawa, who looked after her dying father three years ago and is now taking care of her mother, will be a studio guest, with the program making us think about what we should do in the face of this issue.

  • "Seitan 90-nen! Mirai ni Katari Tsugu Kami-sama – Tezuka Osamu (90 Years Since His Birth! Osamu Tezuka - A Legend Who Lives On)"

    (Comments by Hiroshi Araki)

    Manga legend Osamu Tezuka was born 90 years ago. His birthday was November 3rd and the Japan Cartoonists Association has designated it 'Manga Day'. On that day, Radio 1 will present a three-hour special program covering Tezuka's work and its appeal. The program will delve into the world of his creations, mixing in live segments broadcast from events in Tokyo and his hometown of Takarazuka, uncovering the themes in his works and the messages in them for the next generation. The program will also feature a digital tie-in. Images of panels from Tezuka's creations selected by guests will be displayed on the program's website, as well as works that should be preserved for the future, as voted for by listeners. In addition, a mini original drama and jingles based on Tezuka's characters will be presented. Please enter and enjoy the world of Osamu Tezuka.