Outline -About NHK Museum of Broadcasting-


The NHK Museum of Broadcast opened in Atagoyama, dubbed “the birthplace of Japanese broadcasting”.Japan’s broadcasting history started in 1925. Since then, broadcasting has greatly progressed from radio to television, to satellite broadcasting, to High-Vision (HDTV), and to digital broadcasting. The Museum houses various exhibits on broadcasting history, including original items used in actual programs, and has an on-demand video library and a reference library, opened to public for free.

Atagoyama, the Birth Place of Japanese Broadcasting


9.30 a.m. on March 22, 1925, Japan’s first radio broadcast was transmitted from a temporary studio of the Tokyo Broadcasting Station in Tokyo’s Shibaura district. “J-O-A-K”, the announcer pronounced the station’s call sign as if he were calling to someone afar. The sign-on was followed by an address from the first governor of the station, Goto Shimpei. Mr. Goto expressed his expectations towards the potential of radio broadcasting, stressing on four aspects: equal access to the benefits of modern culture, higher quality of family life, promotion of public education, and invigoration of the economy. Then, in July of the same year, regular radio broadcasts began in Atagoyama, which came to be known as “the birth place of Japanese broadcasting.