Shine a bright light on false news, provide information people can trust: NHK's Ryoichi Ueda

Monday 25 September, 2017


Japan’s national broadcaster is currently preparing its next strategic plan. As part of the forward looking planning process, NHK is facing “fundamental questions” about the role of a public broadcaster in the modern era of broadcasting.

Japanese station signs agreement with British Embassy

Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Japanese station InterFM signed an agreement with the British Embassy to provide emergency information to British citizens residing in Japan, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

The station provides daily news and information in seven languages, including English and Chinese, to foreign residents in Tokyo and Nagoya.

InterFM was licensed to broadcast on the condition of providing emergency information in foreign languages after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.

It has similar agreements with the Tokyo metropolitan government and Yokohama city government.

Radio highlights North Korea rights issues

Friday 07 November, 2014

Radio station officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States will meet next month to discuss North Korea's human rights record, reports Global Post.

The session will be held in Tokyo on December 13, during the North Korean human rights abuses awareness week for Japan.

It is the first time that such a meeting is being hosted by the Japanese government.

Japan's Furusato no Kaze and Voice of America are among the participating stations.

Both stations regularly broadcast shortwave programs and send messages to North Korea.

Asia radio adspend growing 8 percent - Dentsu Aegis

Thursday 18 September, 2014

The latest worldwide advertising expenditure forecast for by Dentsu Aegis Network shows a robust eight percent growth for radio in China this year.

In Japan, radio advertising spend is forecast to rise 1 percent in 2014 and 0.6 percent in 2015.

According to a report in The Media Online, global year on year radio ad spend growth is projected to slow down marginally to three percent in 2015.

The medium saw a moderate rise of 3.7 percent in 2014, with continuing demand because of the industry's competitive costs and flexibility.

Japanese viewers want NHK chief to resign

Thursday 08 May, 2014

Two Japanese groups are demanding immediate resignation of controversial NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii with a campaign calling for viewers to stop paying the NHK subscription fee, reports The Japan Times.

One group is called NHK wo Kanshi Gekirei Suru Shichosha Community (Viewers’ Community to Monitor and Encourage NHK) and the other is NHK Mondai wo Kangaeru Kai (Group to Examine Problems Related to NHK).

They said Momii’s contentious remarks on Japan's wartime history angered the public and its neighbours since he assumed the top post in January.

Link: Is Japan's public broadcaster under threat?

Monday 24 March, 2014

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, was established to provide radio and television content free from commercial influence to the Japanese people, reports the BBC.

It has been criticized in the past of being biased, like many media outlets funded by public money.

But recent developments and key appointments have raised concerns about its independence.

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NHK marks third anniversary of Japan earthquake

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Three years after the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, national broadcaster NHK has run several programmes showing how the tragedy unfolded.

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake left almost 16,000 dead, 6000 injured, 3000 missing and triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

To mark the anniversary, NHK aired features about how local communities coped following the disaster and the subsequent reconstruction efforts

New NHK boss in 'power grab'

Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Japanese broadcaster NHK's new boss is attempting a power grab, according to local media.

Several top executives say they were told by controversial new chairman Katusto Momii to write undated letters of resignation.

This would allow him to fire them whenever he wants.

"You were chosen by the former chairman. I will decide my own path," he told the directors, according to the Tokyo Shimbun.

Local media reports that the order was given at an extraordinary board meeting on January 25.

Japan radio host quits over nuclear fall out

Monday 03 February, 2014

Toru Nakakita, a veteran radio host at NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has quit after he was told not to discuss the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Station executives say they feared his comments could affect voting behavior in the upcoming vote to elect Tokyo's governor on February 9.

Nakakita had been hosting the Business Outlook segment on Radio Asa Ichiban for the last two decades, Japan Times reported.

According to The Asahi Shimbun daily, Nakakita planned to say that “damages to be paid in the wake of the 2011 nuclear plant diaster are extraordinarily high.”

New NHK chief creates first-day firestorm

Monday 27 January, 2014

The new chief of Japan's public broadcaster has been criticised for playing down the use of sex slaves during World War Two.

Katsuto Momii made the comments at a press conference on Saturday at the beginning of a three year term as chairman.

He's since expressed regret for his "extremely inappropriate" comments saying that the use of comfort women was common by any country at war.

Momii's remarks have offended Japan's neighbours, especially South Korea where most of the women were drafted from.


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