Comments from the Top (Executive Director of Broadcasting)
Summary of Press Conference (April, 2021)
On feature programs for the spring holiday period
(Comments by MASAGAKI Satoru, Executive Director of Broadcasting)
From the new fiscal year, we have set the primetime hours on General TV as a program development zone for ‘Pursuing NHK’s new identity’. A variety of programs will be broadcast as we aim to create the next generation of flagship programs.
As a first step, we will broadcast five diverse programs during the spring holiday period. From a new style of educational program to an innovative documentary to a program on the theme of the SDGs, we hope this will be a line-up that all our viewers can enjoy.
On May 5th, “Itoshi no Chikyu Hour”, a new entertainment program about SDGs will be broadcast and we hope parents and children will watch together. The idea behind it is ‘an information program about the Earth broadcast on another planet’. There will be courtroom drama where animals sue humans for their selfishness. Actor YAKUSHIMARU Hiroko will voice the character of Judge Mijinco. From the perspective of animals, the program will bring to light how the actions we repeat daily without much thinking impact other creatures living on the same planet. And actor YASUDA Ken will play the role of an alien television presenter of a ‘popular program about the Earth as seen by aliens’, as an enjoyable way of thinking about the SDGs.
A new educational program “Hey! Monju- Mayoeru Watashi ni Kyoyo o” will be broadcast on May 4th. Presenter Shelly will play Monjusama, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, to deliver the latest amazing academic knowledge in an accessible and entertaining way. The program will aim to provide hints from culture and education that will help people live better lives. And on May 3rd, a new documentary “Ano Toki, Taxi ni Notte” will be broadcast. A fixed camera is set up inside a cab, and life stories will be spun from conversations between drivers and passengers.
There will also be a program that provides skills and preventive measures to survive in an age of frequent troubles, and a new quiz program will be broadcast to help people change their way of thinking so that they can overcome their troubles.
On the NHK SDGs Campaign ‘Mirai e 17 Action’
(Comments by MASAGAKI Satoru)
Beginning in January this year, ‘Mirai e 17 Action’ has addressed various SDG themes, focused on environmental problems, welfare, poverty etc. During the spring holiday period, under the theme of ‘Odoroki no Chikyu, Ikimono, Dai-shizen! Mite, Tanoshinde, Mirai e Tsunageyo!’, we will focus on two SDGs topics “the riches of the sea” and “the riches of the land”, along with the environment.
The popular nature program “Darwin ga Kita!” or “Darwin’s Amazing Animals” will this year mark 15 years since it started broadcasting. There are currently more than 30,000 species that are said to be in danger of extinction. The May 5th “Darwin ga Kita! 15-shu-nen Special” will feature endangered species such as the leopard cat and ptarmigan, and the efforts to save them.
From May 1st to 5th, “Kodomo Kagaku Denwa Sodan” will be broadcast on Radio 1. The programs will be a chance for children to learn about biodiversity, and top scientists will do their best to answer the children’s sharp questions.
On BS8K, the first telethon in 8K will be broadcast on May 4th (Greenery Day holiday) from 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. “Kyo wa Ichi-nichi ‘Satoyama’ Day” will be broadcast live from Ichihara City in Chiba Prefecture. While enjoying the scenery of the fresh greenery of a satoyama, we will think about the richness of the lives of animals and coexistence of humans and nature.
And there will be other programs about animals, nature and the environment, which give viewers a chance to think about the SDGs.
On NHK Special “Pandemic Gekido no Sekai Dai-10-kai ‘Kaigo Hokai’ Dare ga Rogo o Mamoro no ka”
(Comments by KOIKE Hideo, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)
I will talk about the NHK Special series “Pandemic Gekido no Sekai”. The series has looked at various problems caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The new episode will focus on nursing care for the elderly. It will be broadcast on May 23rd. In elderly nursing facilities, where physical contact is inevitable, there is a struggle to balance infection control with comprehensive care. Facilities are facing management difficulties as people refrain from using some services. Shortage of staff due to helpers leaving their jobs is also becoming a serious problem. It is said that there is a danger of nursing care collapse. Against this backdrop, trial-and-error efforts have begun in various places, including Horokanai town in Hokkaido, where the local government is investing its own resources to provide nursing care services. What can be done to protect seniors’ living conditions? Newscaster OKOSHI Kensuke will present the best examples from Japan and overseas, and talk to experts to search for concrete solutions.
On “KAGAWA Teruyuki no Konchu Sugoize! Haru Dayo! Kagai Jugyo wa Tentomushi"
(Comments by WAKAIZUMI Hisaaki, Deputy Executive Director of Broadcasting)
I will talk about the spring feature program“KAGAWA Teruyuki no Konchu Sugoize! Haru Dayo! Kagai Jugyo wa Tentomushi", which will examine the secrets of ladybugs. The program, featuring actor KAGAWA Teruyuki as ‘Teacher Kamakiri’ who investigates insects, was first broadcast in 2016 and is now in its sixth year. In this episode, the Teacher will appear with child actor TERADA Kokoro as a ‘Child Kamakiri’, and for the first time they go out together and compete in catching insects. The Teacher’s lesson will cover the well-known seven-spot ladybug, as well as other varieties, looking at the reasons for the patterns on their backs, the strange liquid they produce from their legs and the surprising way they feed, to teach about ladybugs in an exciting way.
Previous episodes of “Konchu Sugoize!” are available on the ‘NHK for School’ website and this episode will also be available after it has been rebroadcast.