Once Upon a Time in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Japan

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“Once Upon a Time in Japan” is an ideal introduction to Japanese folktales. Published by Tuttle with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the stories in this children’s storybook were chosen from a popular series produced by Radio Japan, NHK World’s radio service broadcast globally in ...

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

| Jan 30, 2016

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

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An article that appeared in December in the Yomiuri Shimbun weighed the prospects for the 2016 edition of NHK’s year-long historical taiga drama series, which premiered Jan. 10. “Sanada Maru” is the title of the 55th marathon show, and the name of a fortification ...

Jan 29, 2016

NHK newscaster allegedly cooked up 'kiken' drugs in own home

An announcer for NHK was served a fresh arrest warrant Friday on suspicion of making narcotics at his home. Kenichi Tsukamoto, 37, was arrested earlier this month for possessing so-called kiken (dangerous) drugs, hallucinogenic compounds that until recently were known as dappo (loophole) drugs ...

Jan 8, 2016

NHK may oust anchor of popular news show 'Close-up Gendai'

NHK is considering revamping its popular news program “Close-up Gendai” and ditching anchorwoman Hiroko Kuniya, who has helmed the incisive current affairs show for more than 20 years, broadcasting sources said Friday. The change, being considered for this spring, would mean the loss of ...

Japanese broadcasters launch online platform for viewing TV shows

Jan 8, 2016

Japanese broadcasters launch online platform for viewing TV shows

Television broadcasters are seeking new revenue streams from online content in a nation increasingly glued to smartphones and not to the box. Young people in particular are spurning traditional TV. Five major commercial networks headquartered in Tokyo have jointly launched a free service named ...