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NHK World TV ups hours, Japan-centric shows

Japanese public broadcaster NHK's English-language international channel NHK World TV is revamping its programming with more shows and a focus on factual, Japan-centric shows. (Pictured: NHK's original Japanology series)
February 4, 2014

Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s English-language international channel NHK World TV is revamping programming with more shows and a focus on factual, Japan-centric shows.

The self-described “major revision” will kick off in April, with regular program numbers increasing from 34 to 43, the addition of more Japanese films and Kabuki dance-drama to the line-up and a stronger news transmission that will transmit more independent information from Japan and the rest of Asia.

The broadcaster outlines that over 70% of total programming will be about Japan while about 80% will consist of original programs produced by NHK World TV.

The upcoming programming slate includes Kabuki program Kabuki Kool, Japanese film and entertainment show J-Flicks, culture series spin-off Japanology Plus, humanitarian program Side by Side and music show Asia Music Network.

News of the revisions comes after NHK revealed it had successfully completed a test transmission of an 8K signal across 27 kilometers as part of its research and development of terrestrial transmission technology for 8K broadcasting.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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