JIB NEWSLETTER December 2012
December 1, 2012
NHK WORLD/jibtv in the Marketplace
NHK WORLD TV Promotes Programs at APT Meeting
The anchor of NHK WORLD TV's Asian Voices program stressed the importance of introducing the world to ideas from Asia in a speech at American Public Television's annual Fall Marketplace. In response to a question, Aiko Doden, NHK’s senior commentator also spoke about how the U.S. elections would affect Asia. Her talk took place soon after the results of the balloting were known.
The Marketplace was held November 7-10, in Fort Myers, Florida. APT is a distributor of programs to public television stations in the United States. Programs from NHK WORLD TV currently appear on 320 stations in 45 states which covers 85% of the U.S. population. The distribution is made possible through a contract between APT and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB).
In addition to Asian Voices, NHK promoted four other programs currently seen in the U.S., including Newsline and Asia Biz Forecast. It also announced a new program, Asia Insight, which is being offered for air to public television stations next year.
This was NHK WORLD TV's third time participating in the APT annual meeting. The event provided an opportunity to solidify relations with American broadcasters and lay the groundwork for future projects.
Hyper Japan Draws NHK WORLD Fans
NHK WORLD TV participated in one of the UK's largest Japanese culture event for the first time. "Hyper Japan" was held in London November 23-25. It showcased a wide range of Japanese culture, including anime, manga, videogames, food, and fashion. It also included cooking workshops and fashion shows. This year, 46,000 people attended the festival.
NHK WORLD TV attracted large numbers of fans to its booth by featuring two programs, "Kawaii International" and "Itadakimasu! Dining with the Chef." It showed Blu-ray videos and distributed recipes from the cooking program at its booth and maintained a presence on Facebook and Hyper Japan's website. It also videotaped visitors in ultra-cute attire, some of whom will be shown on an episode of "Kawaii International" next year.
Internet Radio: Trial Service of "Enjoy Network Japan" begins
JIB has begun a trial of its internet radio station, Enjoy Network Japan. The goal is to connect people around the world through music.
During the test period, the station will operate Thursday evening to Sunday evening (UTC). It will offer four-hour program blocks, repeated six times, providing 24 hours a day of Japanese music. The formats at the outset include rock, pops, jazz, and top tunes. The plan is to expand to other genre such as anime and "idol" songs.
ENJ has a presence on social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, to create a global community of fans of Japanese music and people who may be hearing it for the first time. While the service welcomes listeners of all ages, the expectation is that the core audience will be people in their teens and 20s. Through the music, they can feel closer to Japan.
The first weekend, ENJ reached 20 countries through Facebook. Please lend your ears and hit the "Like" button. http://www.jibtv.com/enj
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★ Upcoming programs
Biodiversity for All The MIDORI Prize 2012
The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity honors remarkable contributions to conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity globally, regionally, and locally. It was established in 2010 and organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation along with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The program will introduce recipients of the 2012 prize, explain their activities, and offer a discussion of essential steps to preserve the environment. The program will feature the Winner's Forum, held at the United Nations University in Tokyo, as well as COP11, held in October in Hyderabad, India.
- *On-air (UTC) : Dec 7th , 0:30-, 4:30-, 8:30-, 12:30-, 16:30-, 20:30-
Encore : Dec 21st , 0:30-, 4:30-, 8:30-, 12:30-, 16:30-, 20:30-
The Spirit of Zen in a Japanese Garden
Shunmyo Masuno is a Zen Buddhist priest and a leading designer of Japanese gardens. Effusing the Zen spirit, his gardens captivate people around the world. Join us to explore the meaning of Zen as we zoom in on his beautiful garden project in Singapore.
- *On-air (UTC) : Dec 8th , 0:10-, 4:10-, 8:10-, 12:10-, 16:10-, 20:10-
The program will present music videos featuring popular Japanese anime songs, pop idols, and J-Rock. The DJ from "Enjoy Network Japan," JIB's interactive internet radio station, will host the program and deliver messages to listeners from Japanese artists.
Guetst Artists: Kageyama Hironobu (prominent figure in anime songs)
Berryz Kobo (pop idol group popular abroad)
JAM Project, MUCC, and others
- *On-air (UTC) : Dec 14th , 0:30-, 4:30-, 8:30-, 12:30-, 16:30-, 20:30-
J-Music Live Special
Kotaro Sekiguchi is an avant-garde artist who creates gigantic works from newspaper and packing tape. He is a winner of the Taro Okamoto Award, given to the most innovative creators. But his real profession is art teacher, at a school for special-needs children. This valuable experience drives his imagination. Come with us into the young artist's world of creation.
- *On-air (UTC) : Dec 23rd, 0:10-, 4:10-, 8:10-, 12:10-, 16:10-, 20:10-
Rising Artists – Kotaro Sekiguchi (tentative)
*JIB is a subsidiary of NHK established in April 2008 for the purpose of expanding the global distribution of NHK WORLD. The company is the official distributing agent of NHK WORLD