Jan 13, 2017

NHK gets wrist slap over tardy report on embezzlement

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry slapped NHK on the wrist Thursday after belatedly learning that an employee, now deceased, embezzled several hundred thousand yen from the public broadcaster. The ministry demanded that NHK report how the misdeed was carried out and outline steps ...

NHK planning online launch of two terrestrial channels in 2019

Dec 14, 2016

NHK planning online launch of two terrestrial channels in 2019

NHK said Tuesday it plans to distribute programs of its two terrestrial television channels through the internet on a steady basis from 2019. Such simultaneous broadcasting on the internet is currently banned under the Broadcast Law. If NHK’s plan is realized, it will require ...

Current NHK board member Ryoichi Ueda named president

Dec 6, 2016

Current NHK board member Ryoichi Ueda named president

NHK’s Board of Governors decided Tuesday to appoint Ryoichi Ueda, former senior executive vice president of major trading house Mitsubishi Corp., as the next president of the public broadcaster. Ueda, a 67-year-old member of the board, was selected as successor to Katsuto Momii, the ...

SMAP set to skip year-end 'Kohaku'

Nov 24, 2016

SMAP set to skip year-end 'Kohaku'

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NHK announced the lineup Thursday for the 67th edition of its annual “Kohaku” year-end music contest, but the country’s top boy band SMAP was not on the list. The five-member group, comprised Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori, announced ...

NHK to air yearlong Olympics drama in lead-up to 2020 Tokyo Games

Nov 16, 2016

NHK to air yearlong Olympics drama in lead-up to 2020 Tokyo Games

NHK’s popular yearlong period drama series for 2019 will focus on Japan’s involvement in the Olympic movement, a year before Tokyo hosts the summer games, the public broadcaster said Wednesday. Specifically, the drama will depict how Japan participated in the Olympics for the first ...