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About the Company

OVERVIEW

Japan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB) was established in April of 2008 as a subsidiary of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).

Distribution

The company is the official distribution agent for two international television services.

NHK WORLD/jibtv is a broadcasting service in English. It provides hourly news and programs about life and society in Japan and Asia.

NHK WORLD Premium, a Japanese-language broadcasting service, transmits programs selected mostly from NHK's domestic channels.

* Production

JIB produces original programs individually and in cooperation with NHK, domestic commercial broadcasters, and production companies.

PROGRAMMING

NHK WORLD/jibtv broadcasts programs about Japan and Asia to the world in English.

Hourly news.

Newscasts are aired on the hour, around the clock. NEWSLINE is produced by NHK WORLD, the international broadcasting service of Japan's public broadcaster, NHK. The news programs are 30 minutes through most of the day but somewhat shorter during the late-night hours and weekends in Japan. They feature reports from NHK bureaus across Asia.

Life & society.

The influence of Japan and Asia around the world is considerable, in matters as diverse as business & technology and fashion & entertainment. The lineup of NHK WORLD/jibtv includes a variety of programs devoted to these subjects, and many more. Cooking, current affairs, and culture—both contemporary and traditional—are among the array of topics featured throughout the day.

SCHEDULE

Serving a global audience, NHK WORLD/jibtv has arranged its schedule to ensure that viewers are able to enjoy the full range of offerings no matter what their time zone may be. Programs, other than news, are broadcast in six-hour cycles.

DISTRIBUTION

NHK WORLD/jibtv is available to 24 hour coverage in approximately 282.36 million households in 160 regions and countries worldwide. (As of March 31, 2019).
The growth has been dramatic since its founding, and the company is continually working to expand availability.

Satellite broadcasting

With the goal of being as accessible as possible, NHK WORLD/jibtv supplements C-band satellite broadcasting with regionally directed Ku-band signals that can easily be received with a small dish antenna. It also makes use of facilities for retransmission to terrestrial and cable broadcasters around the world. The channel is available in both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) formats.

*Internet

JIB is expanding its presence on the Internet, as broadband technology makes web-based viewing a more satisfying experience. Some original JIB programs are available for viewing as VOD (Video On-Demand).

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

  • International broadcasting of television programs, via satellite and the Internet
  • Planning and production of television programs for international audiences
  • Development of distribution routes
  • Other activities connected with international television broadcasting
  • Other activities connected with international TV broadcasting
Name
Japan International Broadcasting Inc.
Representative
Masaru Shiromoto
Address
Nihonseimei Shibuya Annex Building, 1-19-4 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041
Phone
+81-3-3464-8911
FAX
+81-3-3464-8950
Date of establishment
April 4, 2008
Capital
390 million JPY
Directors
  • Masaru Shiromoto
    President and CEO
  • Hideaki Kumai
    Executive Managing Director
  • Yuuichi Akatsu
    Managing Director
  • Keiichi Imamura
    Director
  • Jun Fukuda
    Director
  • Yoshitaka Yanagida
    Director
  • Satoshi Kubo
    Director
  • Hiroshi Kajiwara
    Director
  • Kenji Shimizu
    Director
  • Naofumi Ishimoto
    Director
  • Satoru Ikegami
    Director
  • Shuji Ota
    Auditor
  • Shoichi Unno
    Auditor
Number of employees
81 (As of March 31, 2018)
Shareholders
  • Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • NHK Global Media Services, Inc.
  • NHK ENTERPRISES, INC.
  • MARUBENI CORPORATION
  • ITOCHU Corporation
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • Nippon Television Network Corporation
  • TOKYO BROADCASTING SYSTEM HOLDINGS, INC.
  • FUJI MEDIA HOLDINGS, INC.
  • TV Asahi Holdings Corporation
  • Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
  • NTT Communications Corporation
  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • KYODO TELEVISION, LTD.
2006
January onward Discussion on strengthening international broadcasts at a round-table conference held by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, the "Round-Table Conference on Telecommunications and Broadcasting" (repot compiled in June 2006).
March onward Discussion on "Structures and Policies to Strengthen Japan's Communicative Capabilities" in the "International Exchange Council," an advisory body to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (findings on expanding international broadcasts reported in February 2008).
August The Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications consulted with the Information and Communications Council on "'International Broadcasts with Video Directed at Foreigners' and Policies to Promote Them."
September The Information and Communications Council's Information and Communications Policy Section established the "Investigative Commission Concerning International Video Broadcasts."
December Interim report by the commission on "'International Broadcasts with Video Directed at Foreigners' and Policies to Promote Them."
2007
May Final report by the commission on "'International Broadcasts with Video Directed at Foreigners' and Policies to Promote Them."
August Findings by the Information and Communications Council on "'International Broadcasts with Video Directed at Foreigners' and Policies to Promote Them."
December Approval of an "Amendment to the Broadcast Act" including greater transmission of information from Japan.
2008
April Establishment of Japan International Broadcasting Inc. in accordance with the amended Broadcast Act. (Wholly owned by NHK. Capital: 50 million yen)
August New shares allocated to NHK (post-allocation capital: 200 million yen).
September Hatsuhisa Takashima appointed Representative Director.
October Third-party allocation of shares to 13 private-sector companies and two organizations affiliated to NHK (post-allocation capital: 390 million yen).
2009
February Broadcasting began of original JIB programs. An all-Japan team enlisting the help of the five major Tokyo-area broadcasters made the first jibtv broadcast, the feature program "Japan in the first person," to the entire world. Live streaming began on the jibtv.com website.
March Number of households reached 110 million.
2010
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 125 million in 120 regions and countries worldwide.
April Work commissioned to jibtv by NHK WORLD Premium.
2011
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 136 million in 120 regions and countries worldwide.
June Jun Kawakami appointed Representative Director.
July Began providing content to public Chinese website "People's Daily Online."
2012
February The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications took part in project planning under the third supplementary budget. Post-earthquake reconstruction series "FORWARD" (42 episodes) began broadcasting. Plans for multilingual content in some episodes with Chinese, Arabic and Spanish subtitles.
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 154 million in 130 regions and countries worldwide.
April Video-on-demand service began at the jibtv.com website.
2013
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 159 million in 140 regions and countries worldwide.
June Yoshihiko Shimizu appointed Representative Director.
2014
February NHK Drama Series "Ama-chan" and animation "Bottom Biting Bug" began broadcasting on "WAKUWAKU JAPAN" , a satellite pay-TV channel launched by SKY Perfect JSAT in Indonesia.
March NHK Drama Series "Carnation" began broadcasting on Myanmar National Television’s (MNTV) satellite pay-TV channel (nationwide) and free terrestrial telecast service (limited area coverage).
Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 191 million in 140 regions and countries worldwide.
April NHK Historical Drama "Princess Atsu" began broadcasting on Myanmar National Television’s (MNTV) satellite pay-TV channel (nationwide) and free terrestrial telecast service (limited area coverage).
2015
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 199 million in 150 regions and countries worldwide.
April NHK Historical Drama "RYOMADEN - the Legend" began broadcasting on Myanmar National Television’s (MNTV) satellite pay-TV channel (nationwide) and free terrestrial telecast service (limited area coverage).
2016
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 209.04 million in 150 regions and countries worldwide.
April NHK Historical Drama "Yae's Sakura" began broadcasting on Myanmar National Television’s (MNTV) satellite pay-TV channel (nationwide) and free terrestrial telecast service (limited area coverage).
2017
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 226.88 million in 160 regions and countries worldwide.
April NHK Historical Drama "Sanada Maru" began broadcasting on Myanmar National Television’s (MNTV) satellite pay-TV channel (nationwide) and free terrestrial telecast service (limited area coverage).
2018
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 235.39 million in 160 regions and countries worldwide.
June Masaru Shiromoto appointed Representative Director.
2019
March Number of households able to watch 24-hours reached 282.36 million in 160 regions and countries worldwide.