BBC Japan was a television channel from the BBC available via satellite in Japan. Similar in format to BBC Prime (now BBC Entertainment), BBC Japan showed such BBC programmes as and Blackadder , with many of them Fawlty Towers subtitled in Japanese.
The channel launched on December 1, 2004
and was available on  Sky PerfecTV! satellite channel 110 and Online TV Company's  IPTV service, but ceased broadcasting less than two years later.
Closure [ edit ]
On 20 March 2006, the BBC announced that its distributor JMC "no longer has the financial means to honour its contractual commitments to distribute the BBC Japan channel".
On 24 April 2006, the BBC confirmed that BBC Japan would cease broadcasting on 30 April 2006. 
References [ edit ]
BBC has cunning plan for Japan with Blackadder, , 9 October 2004 The Guardian
BBC to entertain on Japanese TV, , 8 October, 2004 BBC News
Subscribers get first view of BBC Japan channel, , December 2, 2004 The Japan Times
BBC, Deutsche Welle launch on Japan IPTV, C21Media, 14 June, 2005
BBC Japan website, 24 April 2006
BBC Japan set to close in April, , 8 October, 2004 BBC News