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The NHK broadcasting station

NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japan's public broadcaster, like PBS in the United States. Its name is written as 日本放送協会 or Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai in Japanese.


NHK was founded in 1926, based on the BBC radio company in the United Kingdom. They began operating TV broadcasting in 1953. The first color broadcast was in 1960.

Everyone in Japan who owns a TV is asked to pay anywhere from 11,180 to 25,520 per year to support NHK.

In 2012 it decided to ban K-pop on New Year's Eve.

TV Programming

NHK has lots of types of TV shows:

  • Local, national, and world news.
  • Emergency Reporting, such as warning about earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • Education shows for kids.
  • Weather reporting for local and international locations.
  • Sports, including the six national Sumo tournaments and other events.
  • Drama shows.
  • Documentaries.
  • Kid's shows.

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