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TV screens in Osaka show news of a large earthquake hitting a wide area of the Sea of Japan coast in central Japan and subsequent tsunami warnings in the affected regions on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 19, 2024
How Japan’s quake information apparatus springs into action
Lessons from 3/11 led to greater urgency in communications and centralization of information, while tech continues to shape the approach.
J-pop duo Yoasobi performed its 2023-defining hit, “Idol," during the 74th edition of NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” giving the show its best moment — and drawing anger from netizens.
CULTURE / Sound Off
Jan 12, 2024
Yoasobi delivered the standout moment of ‘Kohaku.’ Why did some music fans hate it?
The J-pop duo brought artists from J-pop and K-pop together on stage for the night's best performance, but it didn’t take long for negative voices to emerge on social media.
NHK headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward
JAPAN / Media
Dec 6, 2023
NHK found to have breached ethics with COVID vaccine news segment
A report in "News Watch 9" suggested three people lost family members to COVID-19 infection when they actually died after being vaccinated.
Gold medalist Yuma Kagiyama celebrates after winning the NHK Trophy competition.
MORE SPORTS / Figure skating
Nov 25, 2023
Yuma Kagiyama beats Shoma Uno for NHK Trophy title
Leading after the short program, the 20-year-old earned a free skate score of 182.88 points.
An official shot for this year’s lineup for NHK’s annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen.”
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 22, 2023
Things get warmer with Xi; Johnny’s get the cold shoulder
While Japan and China look to ease tensions, NHK makes things tense with a Johnny’s-less “Kohaku” announcement.
Acts represented by the talent agency formerly known as Johnny & Associates have not been included in this year’s lineup for “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” public broadcaster NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve musical show.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 13, 2023
NHK ditches Johnny's acts for year-end musical bonanza
For the first time in 44 years, performers represented by the beleaguered talent agency will not appear on "Kohaku Uta Gassen."
NHK's building in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, where sexual abuse by Johnny Kitagawa reportedly took place
JAPAN
Oct 10, 2023
Johnny’s founder accused of sexually abusing teen in NHK bathroom
The man, who was a high school student at the time, said that he was assaulted in the fall of 2002 when he attended a dance lesson.
Singer and dancer Shizuko Kasagi's life is the basis for the new morning drama series on NHK.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / Longform
Oct 1, 2023
When the 'Queen of Boogie' reigned in Japan
Shizuko Kasagi gave Japan a reason to rejoice again and inspired a generation of young women in the process.
NHK's headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward
JAPAN
Sep 27, 2023
NHK to suspend new contracts with talent of scandal-hit Johnny's
The policy will also extend to "Kohaku Uta Gassen," a popular live music show aired on New Year's Eve that features Japan's most popular singers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 5, 2023
Investigators' pressure seen as reason for GaaSyy's return to Japan
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department said that GaaSyy’s return was the “result of UAE authorities’ measures and not a voluntary one.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 4, 2023
Internet personality and former lawmaker GaaSyy arrested in Japan
The social media star and NHK Party representative was taken into custody Sunday for alleged defamation threats against celebrities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 30, 2023
War highlights value of radio for Ukraine's public broadcaster
PBC Chairman Mykola Chernotytskyi stressed the value of the medium while taking part in training by NHK focused on developing emergency reporting systems.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 20, 2023
Inside Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome: Broadcaster taps tech to keep history alive
As each year passes, memories of the atomic bombing fade. With that in mind, NHK is using VR and AI to offer interactive experiences that will withstand the test of time.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 16, 2023
Police secure arrest warrant for expelled lawmaker GaaSyy
The former lawmaker is being sought for allegedly intimidating and defaming celebrities in videos he posted on social media.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 15, 2023
YouTuber-turned-lawmaker GaaSyy loses seat in Japan's parliament
The expulsion of Yoshikazu Higashitani, who goes by the name GaaSyy, is the most serious reprimand of four levels under the national Diet law.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 14, 2023
Upper House committee votes to expel GaaSyy from Japan's parliament
The decision, made unanimously among ruling and opposition lawmakers, will almost certainly be finalized during an Upper House plenary session on Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 8, 2023
YouTuber-turned politician GaaSyy likely to be expelled from parliament
The lawmaker's probable dismissal comes after he failed to show up at a plenary session to apologize for — fittingly enough — failing to attend parliament.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 7, 2023
GaaSyy won't apologize in parliament meeting as required
GaaSyy was elected to the Upper House in July last year but has not attended a single parliamentary meeting since then.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 27, 2023
Lawmaker GaaSyy to apologize for long absence at Upper House
On Wednesday, the Upper House voted to order GaaSyy to apologize in an open parliamentary session as a penalty for his long absence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 21, 2023
YouTuber-turned-lawmaker GaaSyy ordered to apologize for not attending Diet
GaaSyy may become the first Upper House member to be reprimanded since 2013, when the late Antonio Inoki was sanctioned for traveling to North Korea without permission.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on