NHK World

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NHK World
NHK World.svg
Launched April 1, 1998 (as NHK World TV)
July 23, 2006 to December 6, 2009 (current format)
Owned by NHK
Picture format 480i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan From Japan
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Sister channel(s) NHK
NHK General TV
Los Angeles
Channel 28.4
New York City
Channel 48.5
Channel 35.2
District of Columbia
(MHz Networks)
Channel 30.2
San Francisco, California
Channel 22.3
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 656
GVT (Brazil) Channel 140
Sky Brasil Channel 114
DD Direct+ (India) Channel 42
In Digital (India) Channel 867
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 355
DirecTV (Latin America) Channel 782 (pay per view)
SKY México (Mexico) Channel 283 (Mexico)
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel 83
G Sat (Philippines) Channel 32
Digital+ (Spain) Channel 574
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka) Channel 1
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 171
Sky (UK and Ireland) Channel 507 (HD)
Freesat (UK) Channel 209 (HD)
DishHD Channel 130
Globecast (Australia and New Zealand) (Optus D2 152°E) 12546 V 22500 3/4 (SD)
AsiaSat 3S (Asia) 3880 MHz H 27500 3/4
Astra 19.2 (Europe) 11,509 MHz V 22000 5/6
Intelsat 19 (166°E) 4060 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
Intelsat 20 (68.5°E) 3739 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
Intelsat 21 (58.0°W) 4040 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 428
TVB Network Vision (Hong Kong) Channel 95
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 656
Time Warner Cable (Hawaii, US) Channel 682 & 1682 (HD)
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 154
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 341(HD)
Skylife (Korea) Channel 97 (HD)
Minneapolis Public Schools (Minneapolis, USA) Channel 78
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 69
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 72 (Analog)
Channel 131 (Digital)
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 315
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 131 (Digital)
Onlime (Russia) Channel 96
GTD Manquehue (Santiago, Chile) Channel 127 (SD) - 825 (HD)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 147 & 148
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 793
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 625 (HD)
Comcast (San Francisco, USA) Channel 202
Now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 328
AT&T U-verse (USA) Channel 1221 (HD)
Telefónica del Sur - Chile Channel 825 (HD)
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 414 (HD)
Singtel TV (Singapore) Channel 157 (HD)
PTCL Smart TV (Pakistan) 106
Streaming media
Live Webcast
NHK World App Android and iOS
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

NHK World is the international broadcasting service of NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai - Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan's public broadcaster. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, DW, France 24 and RT, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world as well as online and though its mobile apps. The channel is based in Tokyo, Japan.

NHK World provides three services: NHK World Radio Japan, NHK World TV, and NHK World Premium. NHK World also makes most of its programming available through an online version of the television channel.

Television Japan[edit]

NHK World Television[edit]

NHK commenced international TV broadcasting services for North America and Europe in 1995. On April 1, 1998, NHK World Television started broadcasting. NHK's news and information channel broadcasts internationally via satellite and cable TV. Programming is broadcast in English. It began as a news channel in February 2009 using the traditional NHK World logo in their own digital on-screen graphic (DOG). Previously, NHK World TV used the traditional "3 Eggs" logo of NHK. The NHK World DOG in the news program, Newsline, is on the bottom left corner of the television screen. In other programming, the DOG is moved to the top left corner of the television screen. Some of the shows are produced by production studio JIB TV which is 60% owned by NHK with the remaining 40% owned by private investors like Microsoft and Japanese bank Mizuho. The NHK World DOG is not used at all when shows produced by JIB TV are aired.

NHK World Premium[edit]

Main article: NHK World Premium

NHK World Premium Television broadcasts a mixture of news, sports and entertainment in Japanese worldwide via satellite as a subscription service. In Europe this service is broadcast under the name JSTV and in the US it is known as TV Japan. The programmes generally do not carry English subtitles.[citation needed]


Programmes on the channel include:[1]

  • Cool Japan: Hosted by Shoji Kokami and Risa Stegmayer; some aspects of Japanese customs are considered "cool" by foreigners. Cool Japan is a television show that illustrates the quickly changing Japanese culture and how it is perceived by the international community that have recently made Japan their home.
  • J-Melo: A music programme hosted by May J., featuring the latest developments in Japanese music, selections of hit songs, and diverse material from a wide range of different music genres - pop, rock, jazz and classical.
  • NHK Newsline: A news programme with updates every hour, covering world events and business-related news, as well as providing global weather forecasts.
  • Somewhere Street: A travel program which explores a different city each episode, from a tourist's perspective walking through a city.
  • Begin Japanology: A Japanese culture and lifestyle[2] television show.

Radio Japan[edit]

NHK World Radio Japan (RJ) broadcasts news, information, and entertainment programs focusing on Japan and Asia, for a daily total of 65 hours of broadcasts. Radio Japan provides two services:

  • General Service broadcasts worldwide in Japanese and English
  • Regional Service broadcasts to specific geographical zones in 17 languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Both services are available on shortwave (SW) as well as online.

RJ SW relay stations[edit]

RJ runs a domestic SW relay station

RJ also leases or owns several external relay stations.

Internet service[edit]

NHK World programs and content are available online.

  • NHK World - Online news and live HQ stream of NHK World TV
  • Radio Japan - live streams, podcasts and archive programming
  • Japanese Lessons - Re-edited versions of Basic Japanese for You and Brush Up Your Japanese.

Only a limited number of programs are available online for free.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). "TV Programs". NHK WORLD. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "TV Programs - NHK World". NHK. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  3. ^ NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). "FAQ - NHK WORLD - English". NHK WORLD. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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