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Aired: January 28, 2021 (UTC)

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Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.


It’s been almost a year since the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis begun. A new strain of the virus has been discovered, posing a further threat for some time to come. This segment looks back through the past year, featuring efforts being made amidst the crisis and interviews with foreign nationals in Japan on how life has been amidst the corona age.

Interviewing foreign nationals living in Tokyo
Shibuya, Tokyo (Early 2021)


In 2020, amidst the worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19, a video message of support arrived from New Zealand to Atsugi City, its host town for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. As a token of gratitude, the people of Atsugi sent a video singing a song widely loved in New Zealand. This segment features how a relay song was made as the exchange of support gradually spread among other New Zealand host towns in Japan.

Members of a Taiko drums group in Atsugi City during filming of the relay song
Children participating in a Host Town event


Semiconductors are essential in supporting today’s digital society as it increasingly applies technologies such as IoT, AI, and 5G. Tokyo Electron Ltd. is a manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment, a collection of core technology with micron-level accuracy. The company started as a specialized trading company in 1963 and has grown to be Japan’s top and the world’s 3rd biggest manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment. This segment takes a look at the reason behind its evolution, and the company’s future possibilities.

Tsuneishi Tetsuo, Tokyo Electron Ltd.’s Chairman of the Board
Tokyo Electron Miyagi Plant


Chinese Channel Japan is an online media site that promotes the charms and appeal of Japan’s food, culture, and more to an audience of over 15 billion in Greater China. Its website receives over 7 million views monthly. This winter, Chinese Channel Japan covered five different sake breweries to promote a project to export Hokkaido-made sake. This segment documents Tamaki Rie, Chinese Channel Japan’s president as she follows the coverage in Sapporo.

During Chinese Channel Japan’s filming in Hokkaido
Tamaki Rie, Chinese Channel Japan’s President


Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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SPIRIT OF JAPAN A documentary series that features remarkable industries in Japan. The program introduces the history and wisdom behind Japan’s technological strength and specialties, which are helping to revitalize regional areas of the country.
Spirit of Resilience In 2020, the novel coronavirus created a worldwide catastrophe. In Japan, communities are attempting to balance social and economic needs while keeping the virus under control. This series features stories of people who are standing strong amidst difficulties and continuing to explore new paths.
At One with Nature – National Parks of Japan In this series, we’ll visit national parks in Japan to meet the people that call them home, enjoy seasonal views that have inspired artists and writers for centuries, and explore their landmarks.
ASEAN Now and the Future II – Discover New Buena Vista This series involved a new set of partners. It was produced by TV broadcasters in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, with advice from visiting program production experts from NHK International in Japan.
Washoku World Challenge The series will follow the regional qualifying tournaments and the final tournament of the sixth “Washoku World Challenge,” a cooking contest in which non-Japanese Washoku chefs from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Japan will pit their skills against one another, as they strive in earnest to inherit, pass on and cultivate their Washoku cooking skills.
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