Comments from the Top (Executive Director of Broadcasting)
Summary of Press Conference (January, 2020)
On the schedule for the coverage on the terrestrial channels of major events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
(Comments by Yukinori Kida, Executive Director of Broadcasting)
It is now only around six months until the much-anticipated opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. NHK will comprehensively deliver the action from the performances of Japanese competitors and the top athletes from around the world using the highest standards of broadcasting and services. I would like to talk about the broadcasting schedule of the major events on NHK’s terrestrial channels.
On July 24th, NHK will broadcast the opening ceremony, on which the eyes of the world will be fixed.
In terms of events in which Japanese competitors have medal hopes, on the 26th, the 'Men's 400m Individual Medley' swimming final will be shown. Daiya Seto, who won the event at last year's World Championships, will be aiming for a gold medal.
In Judo on the 27th, hopes will be high that Shohei Ono, who won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in the 73kg class, can repeat the feat in the final.
In track and field, on August 2nd, the Men's 100m semi-final and final will be broadcast. Sani Brown, who set a Japanese record of 9.97 seconds, will be the focus of attention along with the other sprinters from Japan.
And there are also high hopes for the men and women in table tennis, with the finals of the men's singles, along with the men’s team and the women’s team, all scheduled for broadcast.
For the new sports which have been selected to appear from Tokyo 2020, the skateboarding finals for the 'men's and women's street' and the 'women's park' will be shown, along with the men's final of sports climbing.
In addition, the badminton women's doubles final, the baseball final, the men's marathon and the closing ceremony will be shown.
NHK is also scheduled to broadcast numerous events on BS1, BS4K, BS8K and radio. Once the final schedules have been decided, further details will be announced.
And in terms of the Paralympic Games, we are set to deliver more of the action than at any previous Games. Once the final schedules have been decided, further details will also be announced for this.
Programs related to the Great East Japan Earthquake
NHK Special "Asking Questions About the Death of 40 People – Otuschi Town 'Local Government Disaster Victims' The Truth After 9 Years"
(Comments by Yukinori Kida)
It will be nine years since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March. NHK will again deliver programming on news from the disaster-affected area the challenges faced there.
As part of that, an NHK Special on March 8th "40-nin no Shi wa Toikakeru – Otsuchi-cho 'Yakuba Hisai' 9-nen me no Shinjitsu (Asking Questions About the Death of 40 People – Otuschi Town 'Town Hall Disaster Victims' The Truth After 9 Years)" will be broadcast.
The center of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture was struck by devastating damage and the town hall was engulfed by the tsunami. 40 people lost their lives, including government workers and the mayor, many of them in the town hall. In order to make a record of the events that day leading up to when the tsunami struck, last year the town gathered testimony from surviving government workers and compiled them in a journal. And to respond to the demands of the victim's relatives who 'want to know the truth', this winter the town began to conduct an 'investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths' by looking into the details of the workers' situation at the time of their deaths, based on what they heard from the surviving personnel. NHK examined the testimonies of the workers that were gathered for the journal and 500 pages of internal records to find out what happened at the town hall where so many people were victims of the disaster. In addition, interviews were carried out with the senior managers who were in charge of leading disaster response at the town hall at that time to discover the truth of what happened that day.
The program features the story of the town hall workers and the surviving relatives nine years after the disaster, as they try to take a new step forward by passing the ‘truth’ and ‘lessons’ to the next generation.
(Comments by Satoru Masagaki, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)
As part of the ‘#Moshikashite…Gyakutai o Kangaeru (What if…Child Abuse Awareness) Campaign’ announced at the press conference in November last year, on February 29th, a #Moshikashite… #What if… Feature" will be broadcast. Reported cases of child abuse are topping 160,000 annually and tragic cases of abuse are regularly appearing in the news. Child abuse is a crime not only carried out by cold-hearted parents, there are also many cases involving parents who love their children and are in a desperate situation raising them. The background to this is that many parents are in an environment where they have nobody to turn to for help in dealing with the burden of child rearing. As society continues to become more focused around the nuclear family, the 'network of relatives' that used to help with raising children is now disappearing and the limit of what parents can do alone in rearing their children is being reached.
The program will feature drama segments based on the psychology of parents who are struggling with child-rearing set as if the situation was working at a company and documentary segments about a couple whose child was actually taken into protective custody at a child consulting center. In addition, there will be reportage on homemakers who feel guilt about having to get support from nurseries in child-rearing, examining the question of what is needed for them to be able to ask for help.
The face of the campaign You Yokoyama of boyband Kanjani Eight, will present the program, which will examine what occurs inside families and what is needed to prevent abuse, which is the most important message of the campaign. Aside from this special program, there will be information presented on television, radio and the internet during February, looking at the issue of child abuse from multiple angles.
(Comments by Ikuko Suzuki, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)
A two-part program "Orsay Bijutsu-kan (Musée d'Orsay)" on February 2nd and 8th on BS4K and BS8K will look at the Orsay museum in France. The program will take a deep dive into the exhibits at the museum through two keywords 'sun' and 'moon'.
The first part "Taiyo no Tezawari (The Touch of the Sun)" will focus on Monet's 'Water Lilies', Renoir's 'Bal du moulin de la Galette (Dance at Le moulin de la Galette)' and other important paintings which make significant use of 'light'.
The second part "Tsuki no Hadazawari (The Texture of the Moon)" looks into the museum in the quiet hours after it has closed, focusing on paintings ranging from those which depict the rich nightlife of Paris to those featuring evenings illuminated by the moon and those capturing the rich darkness.
The program will allow viewers to feel the breath of the painters in their brushstrokes, along with the vividness of the colors, and appreciated the richness of the works of art in the museum captured in 8K.