I would like to talk about a new position on the Executive Board and some changes among senior management positions. I have decided to create a new executive position in charge of Osaka Regional Headquarter. This is to further strengthen our back-up capabilities for the NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo in case of a major earthquake or other disasters, and to enhance our local reporting capabilities. Senior Director KADO Hideo will become the Director of Osaka Regional Headquarter. He will also be responsible for business continuity planning for West Japan. Executive Director ITANO Yuji will take charge of the reconstruction of the new broadcasting center in Tokyo, which has already started. He will continue to be responsibile for business process re-engineering. And I, as president, will take responsibility for personnel system reform, one of the main points of our next three-year corporate plan. Senior Director HAYASHI Rie will support me with this job. She will be responsible for human resources and promoting diversity to make sure that a diverse range of staff, beginning with female employees, are able to fulfill their potential at NHK.
These appointments will put the right people in the right place to speed up and strengthen our progress in the reforms needed in “Pursuing a New NHK Rashisa (uniqueness)” and for NHK to become a new ‘slimline and strong’ organization.
On the 47th Japan Prize
(Comments by MAEDA Terunobu)
The 47th Japan Prize will take place from October 26th to November 5th.
The Japan Prize has for more than 50 years been contributing to the development of educational media content around the world. We are unable to invite jurors and producers from overseas due to the new coronavirus, so judging will take place online. The events usually held in and around the NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo will also be conducted via the internet. Anyone interested in education is welcome to join from anywhere around the world. There will also be a live-audience event.
(Comments from Japan Prize Secretariat)
This year, the Japan Prize will go online for the first time in its 55-year history. The awards ceremony scheduled on November 5th will be conducted online and streamed live on Facebook. The finalists’ works will be available for viewing online on a trial basis.
We will hold live events at “WITH HARAJUKU HALL” in Tokyo’s Harajuku. On November 2nd, there will be a keynote session on “educational media in the time of COVID-19”, and on the 3rd, a session on diversity and inclusion. In these two sessions, producers from around the world will join online to discuss the roles of educational content in their countries.
We have received 282 entries from 55 countries and territories this year. They include programs which were made remotely due to the pandemic, programs which examined gender and discrimination issues through social experiments, and programs related to mental health.
The world’s educational media continues to move forward in spite of the difficult circumstances. I hope the Japan Prize 2020 can share this passion and courage with everyone and help spread the wisdom we need to make it through to a new era.
On BS4K and BS8K “Kokuho e Yokoso (Experience the National Treasures)”
(Comments by MAEDA Terunobu)
NHK is filming cultural treasures and works of art in ultra-high-definition 8K so that they can be passed on to future generations. We have been presenting the charms of these treasures and new discoveries made during filming on the BS4K and BS8K channels. In November, BS8K will broadcast programs on the theme of ‘national treasures’.
(Comments from the producer)
NHK is moving forward with a project that aims to record 100 national treasures in ultra-high-definition 8K. The program series “Kokuho e Yokoso” is a part of the project.
One of the four new programs for November are “Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine)”. The shrine is in Nara Prefecture and is home to numerous national treasures. Parts of the shrine which are not normally allowed to be filmed, including the section of the Honden main hall where the gods are enshrined were shot for the program. It will feature the impressive atmosphere of the shrine, making viewers feel like they are actually there, while examining the connection between the gods and people that has continued since the Nara and Heian periods.
The other new programs for November are “Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle)”, “Nishi Hongan-ji (Nishi Honganji Temple)” and “Jitsugetsusansuizu Byobu” (Landscapes of Four Seasons with Sun and Moon)”.
The program will be broadcast on BS8K and BS4K.