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NHK WORLD-JAPAN is the international broadcast service of NHK, Japan's sole and one of the biggest public broadcasters in the world. It provides latest information and a wide variety of programming in English on Japan, Asia and the rest of the world 24 hours a day.

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Japanology Plus
Japanology Plus

Going a step further from our previous series BEGIN Japanology, host Peter Barakan visits experts in…

Journeys in Japan
Journeys in Japan

English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the peopl…

Newsroom Tokyo
Newsroom Tokyo

An all-new program for a rapidly changing region, NHK World's Newsroom Tokyo puts the spotlight on J…

Core Kyoto
Core Kyoto

The ancient capital, Kyoto, continues to be innovative after 1,200 years. We dive deep into its core…

TOKYO EYE 2020
TOKYO EYE 2020

TOKYO EYE 2020 presents the kaleidoscopic appeal of the amazing metropolis that will host the 2020 O…

Document 72 Hours
Document 72 Hours

Three days in the life of... Stay in one location for 72 hours, catching glimpses into people's live…

Train Cruise
Train Cruise

Train rides provide panoramas of landscapes and lifestyles, with opportunities to hop off and meet…

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First Class

It's not a class for your comfort. It is the best class you will ever receive, that will make your…

Kabuki Kool
Kabuki Kool

Kabuki is a world-class theater with a history of over 400 years, but is also exciting entertainment…

Seasoning the Seasons
Seasoning the Seasons

This program visits places across Japan to introduce the charms of their local daily life and festiv…

NHK Documentary
NHK Documentary

Hard-hitting documentary series that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and…

Direct Talk
Direct Talk

Interviews with leaders, visionaries and pioneers who shape Asia and the world.

Rising
Rising

A documentary series that profiles rising stars in various fields-inspiring people who are challengi…

Asia Insight
Asia Insight

An in-depth portrait of Asia today, covering its dynamism as a center of growth as well as its tradi…

Hometown Stories
Hometown Stories

With themes ranging from ancient traditions to contemporary social issues, these documentaries prese…

Science View
Science View

In this program, Japanese scientists delve into the fascinating worlds of cutting-edge technology an…

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Face to Face

Face to Face is a monthly talk show with the people making a difference in Japanese society today. T…

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Kids Meet the World

The forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic now induces the flowering of the international exchange among Jap…

Cycle Around Japan
Cycle Around Japan

Cycle Around Japan proposes a new journey of Japan, and provides useful information to enjoy the adv…

The Mark of Beauty
The Mark of Beauty

This unconventional art program introduces the great variety of beauty to be found in the arts and c…

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Medical Frontiers

Japan is a world leader in health care. This program explores cutting-edge Japanese medical technolo…

DESIGN TALKS plus
DESIGN TALKS plus

What is good design? And what is its power? DESIGN TALKS plus explores the Japanese aesthetic, from…

Japan Railway Journal
Japan Railway Journal

Discover the secrets of Japan's railways, from the newest technologies and systems in use, to travel…

Dining with the Chef
Dining with the Chef

This program introduces the worldview and attraction of Japanese cuisine that cares about the overal…

Today's Close-Up
Today's Close-Up

Dig deeper into current affairs. Cutting-edge information and critical analysis on important issues…

Cool Japan
Cool Japan

Discovering what makes Japan cool! Cool Japan is a term that describes the growing international int…

Wild Hokkaido!
Wild Hokkaido!

A travel show focused on the great nature of Japan's northern land, Hokkaido. We visit exquisite loc…

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J-Arena

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games drawing closer, J-Arena features top athletes and t…

Darwin's Amazing Animals
Darwin's Amazing Animals

A natural history show that's a huge hit with families in Japan is now set to go global! The series…

Japan's Top Inventions
Japan's Top Inventions

Japanese inventions are used and loved around the world. Through interviews and reenactments, go beh…

Biz Buzz Japan
Biz Buzz Japan

Only-in-Japan business activities, placed in a global context. Presenter Jon Kabira takes an origina…

Have a Nice Stay!
Have a Nice Stay!

Enjoy Japan's famous hospitality! Share our stay at a Japanese inn, experiencing Japan's unique trad…

Biz Stream
Biz Stream

This upbeat business program features the week's headlines and the latest innovations from Japan and…

Trails to Oishii Tokyo
Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Delicious food from Tokyo's markets! Learn about the amazing ingredients which are sourced from acro…

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The Signs

We analyze the social changes brought by COVID-19, looking for signs that point towards the right ph…

NHK World Prime
NHK World Prime

Examining social issues. An exclusive selection of NHK documentaries exploring people and events, re…

3-Day Dare*Devils
3-Day Dare*Devils

In this new entertainment-type documentary, challengers from Asian countries come all the way to Jap…

A Treasured Creation
A Treasured Creation

There are many "Treasured Creations" made by exceptional artisans in Japan. This program portrays ar…

Starting Over
Starting Over

The coronavirus has changed everything. How can we overcome this crisis? How can we restore our norm…

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