NHK (official English name: Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) isJapan's national public broadcasting organization. NHK, which has always identified itself to its audiences by the English pronunciation of its initials, is a publicly owned corporation funded by viewers' payments of a television license fee.

NHK operates two terrestrial television services (NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV), two satellite television services (NHK BS-1 and NHK BS Premium, both now high-definition television services), and three radio networks (NHK Radio 1, NHK Radio 2, andNHK FM).

NHK also provides an international broadcasting service, known as NHK World. NHK World is composed of NHK World TV, NHK World Premium, and the shortwave radio service NHK World Radio Japan. World Radio Japan also makes some of its programs available on the internet.

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  • Japanology Plus

    Japanology Plus

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

  • AKB48 SHOW!

    AKB48 SHOW! is a NHK TV show featuring AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48 and Nogizaka46 members. The…

  • Neko Neko Nihonshi

    Neko Neko Nihonshi

    The anime imagines if Japanese historical figures such as Queen Himiko, the warlord Oda Nobunaga, an…

  • Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan

    Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan

    The story describes the daily life of Ashibe, an elementary school boy, and his family and friends,…

  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

    Bodyguard-for-hire Balsa her life changes when she saves Prince Chagumu from drowning. Together they…

  • March comes in like a lion

    March comes in like a lion

    Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a pro…

  • ClassicaLoid


    In a rural town undergoing revival through music, high school students Kanae and Sousuke meet none o…

  • Core Kyoto

    Core Kyoto

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

  • Naotora: The Lady Warlord

    Naotora: The Lady Warlord

    During the Sengoku period, the Ii family governs the Totomi region. Due to many past wars, there are…

  • My Voice for You

    My Voice for You

    A 46-year-old stubborn math teacher has trouble talking with others. His wife left home with her chi…

  • Ashi-girl


    Hayakawa Yui is a 16-year-old girl whose only strong point is her ability to run fast. She accidenta…

  • Pingu in the City

    Pingu in the City

    Pingu and his family move from their small village to a big city, where there are many people with m…

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