Comments from the Top (Executive Director of Broadcasting)

Summary of Press Conference (May, 2019)

  • NHK Special Series "Space Spectacle"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    Over the course of three programs in June, an NHK Special "Space Spectacle" will use the latest scientific knowledge to portray the mysterious wonders of space and the unknown bonds between our lives and space.
    The theme of the first program will be 'Aliens'. In fact, many astronomers now believe in the existence of aliens. The year before last, an object that appeared to be from outside the solar system came close to the earth before flying back out of the solar system and is said by professors at Harvard University to have been a space craft built by aliens. Around the world, efforts to find this alien planet are now underway. NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) space telescope began last year surveying 500,000 planets across the universe, looking for those on which there is a possibility that life exists. In the end, will an 'alien planet' be found? The program will present the latest research on alien life. The second program will look at the phenomenon of black holes, which completely change the universe. The third program will closely examine the new mission of the spacecraft Hayabusa 2, using the latest findings from it to answer the huge riddle of 'why did life arise on earth?'

  • NHK Special Series "Kyoryu Cho Sekai (The Extreme World of Dinosaurs)"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    In July, an NHK Special Series "Kyoryu Cho Sekai (The Extreme World of Dinosaurs)" will show the dramatic worlds of the dinosaurs, which unfolded separately on the land and in the sea, across two programs. It has been discovered that before the extinction of the dinosaurs, caused by a meteorite striking the earth 66 million years ago, the living creatures of the time, led by the dinosaurs, were separating into different species and evolving at a rate unseen in the history of life on earth. On land, dinosaurs too huge to imagine could be found, while in the oceans there were giant creatures so powerful that they kept the dinosaurs on land. Our way of seeing the age of the dinosaurs has been altered steadily by the ongoing discovery of fossils and the latest scientific analysis. Although the fossils of more than 1,000 varieties of dinosaur have been discovered, that is believed to be just 1% of the total kind that lived. However, over the last 10 years, research into the remaining 99% has been advancing at a rapid pace. Not only has the appearance of dinosaurs been recreated, but the way they lived, fought, raised their offspring and died, making it possible to examine them in fine detail. The program uses ultra-high-definition CG based on the latest knowledge to recreate the world of the dinosaurs to a level that is previously unseen.

  • "Itsuka Kuru Hi no Tame ni Shogen Kiroku Special Uki Torai! Ima Sugu Yakudatsu 'Gou Taisaku' (For When That Day Comes – A Record of Testimony Special – Rainy Season is Coming! 'Torrential Rain Measures')"

    (Comments by Yukinori Kida)

    It is almost a year since the floods that struck western Japan, leaving more than 230 people dead or missing. Despite the fact that evacuation warnings and orders were issued, the actual proportion of people who went to evacuation centers was just 0.5% of those they applied to. In surveys that were carried out by the municipalities affected, a very large number of responses were 'We didn't think the disaster would affect us' and 'We didn't know when we were supposed to evacuate'. On June 16th, "Itsuka Kuru Hi no Tame ni Shogen Kiroku Special Uki Torai! Ima Sugu Yakudatsu 'Gou Taisaku' (For When That Day Comes – A Record of Testimony Special – Rainy Season is Coming! 'Torrential Rain Measures')" will focus on the theme of 'When torrential rains strike, what practical steps will you take to protect yourself' and look at when to escape, where to escape to, presenting applicable knowledge based on accumulated testimonies. The program will deliver hints on how to behave calmly when a disaster actually strikes.

  • "Sekai Saiko no Engeki Nogaku Paris ni Mau (The World's Oldest Play – Noh – Performance in Paris)"

    (Comments by Ikuko Suzuki, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    On BS4K on June 29th, "Sekai Saiko no Engenki Nohgaku Paris ni Mau (The World's Oldest Theatrical Art – Noh – Performance in Paris)" will be broadcast.
    Noh theater was said to be created by the father and son team of Kanami and Zeami more than 650 years ago and is said to be the oldest theatrical art still performed today. Recently Noh has come to be performed overseas, but it is particularly popular in France. To commemorate 160 years of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, a major scale celebration of Japanese artistic culture 'Japonism 2018' was held in Paris from summer last year until spring of this year. As part of this, for five days in February this year, a Noh performance was held at a music hall, where a Noh stage with a roof was installed. The authentic atmosphere of the performance created quite a stir and the tickets sold out for all five days, making the event a success. The program features the entire performance of one of Noh's masterpieces 'Kinuta,' starring Masakuni Asami, a veteran of the Kanze-ryu school of Noh, in the lead role. It will also present scenes from the performances of actor Man Nomura, a designated Living National Treasure, along with footage of the construction of the Noh stage and reactions to the plays from the Parisian audiences.

  • BS1 Special "Hikari Sasu Umi e – Sekai Hatsu! Zenmo Yacht-man Taiheiyo Odan (To the Illuminated Sea – A World First – A Blind Yachtsman Sails Across the Pacific Ocean)”

    (Comments by Satoru Masagaki, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)

    On BS1 on June 30th, BS1 Special "Hikari Sasu Umi e – Sekai Hatsu! Zenmo Yacht-man Taiheiyo Odan (To the Illuminated Sea – A World First – A Blind Yachtsman Sails Across the Pacific Ocean)” will be broadcast. 52-year-old blind yachtsman Mitsuhiro Iwamoto managed to cross the Pacific in April in a small yacht. This world-first achievement was picked up by the media. Mr. Iwamoto was born with vision defects and while he was a high school student became completely blind. He first became interested in yachting 20 years ago. In spite of his visual impairments, he was captivated by being able to operate a yacht, and following rigorous training was able to participate in yacht races as a pro. His dream became to cross the Pacific Ocean. This time was his second attempt and he paired up with Japan-based businessperson Douglas Smith to make the journey. The program features footage taken by four small cameras mounted on the yacht, which took recordings of the Pacific crossing that were sent every day via email. The 55-day grueling sea voyage will be portrayed in comprehensive detail.