WakuWaku Japan

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WakuWaku Japan
WakuWaku Japan logo.svg
Launched22 February 2014 (4 years ago) (2014-02-22)
Owned byWakuWaku Japan Corporation
(SKY Perfect JSAT Group)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganExperience the real Japan
CountryJapan
LanguageEnglish, Japanese, Indonesian, Mandarin, Thai
Broadcast areaIndonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vietnam
HeadquartersMinato, Tokyo, Japan
Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Websitewww.wakuwakujapan.com
Availability
Satellite
MNC Vision (Indonesia)Channel 168 (SD)
Channel 443 (HD)
Transvision (Indonesia)Channel 370
BiG TV (Indonesia)Channel 281
Canal+ (Myanmar)Channel 62
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 117
DDishTV (Mongolia)Channel 429
Cable
First Media (Indonesia)Channel 254 (SD)
Channel 340 (HD)
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 813
bbTV (Taiwan)Channel 129
Top MSO (Taiwan)Channel 138
New Taipei City Cable TV (Taiwan)Channel 30
VTVcab (Vietnam)Channel 138 (HD)
IPTV
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 616 (Malay) (HD)
Channel 520 (Mandarin) (HD)
Channel 268 (English) (HD)
USeeTV (Indonesia)Channel 520 (SD)
Channel 959 (HD)
kbro (Taiwan)Channel 218
TWM Broadband (Taiwan)Channel 218
CHT MOD (Taiwan)Channel 370
TBC (Taiwan)Channel 219
Univision (Mongolia)Channel 401
Skymedia (Mongolia)Channel 405 (HD)
ViettelTV (Vietnam)Channel 84 (HD)
PEO TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 183

WakuWaku Japan (stylized as WAKUWAKU JAPAN) is a Japanese pay television channel that broadcasts Japanese programs to overseas viewers in Asia. The channel broadcasts only Japanese programs 24 hours a day. Malay, Mandarin, and English language versions of these programs are broadcast on this channel. Subtitles and dubbing are available in some countries.

History[edit]

Before WakuWaku Japan was launched, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation started the channel project in 2011. WakuWaku means "pleasing" or "thrilling" in Japanese. In order to keep everything on track, the Japanese government allocated funds amounting to 15.5 billion yen (or approximately US $126.17 million) to finance the channel. These funds were to be used for the cost of dubbing and making subtitles, as well as the costs of promotion, administration and production.[1] On 22 February 2014, at 17:00 JKT (19:00 JST), WakuWaku Japan officially launched in Indonesia with its first program, WakuWaku Japan Music Festival.

On its first broadcasting day, WakuWaku Japan used the 12-hour system, but when it was launched in Myanmar, it changed to the 24-hour system; it reverted to the 12-hour system on 29 February 2016. In Indonesia, the channel was reverted to 24-hour system on 27 February 2017; later reverted to 12-hour system in January 2018.

At that time, the channel was only available on Indovision and OkeVision (both now as MNC Vision). On 1 June 2014, WakuWaku Japan became available on Transvision, OrangeTV, BiG TV and First Media.[2] On the same day at 06:00 MMT (07:30 JST), WakuWaku Japan officially launched in Myanmar, though it was only available on 4TV, a Burmese terrestrial pay television service.

On 4 March 2015, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation planned to expand Japanese content to overseas by establishing WakuWaku Japan Corporation.[3][4] On 1 July 2015, WakuWaku Japan Corporation was officially established, taking over its ownership from SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

On 6 July 2015, at 17:00 SGT (18:00 JST), WakuWaku Japan officially launched in Singapore and is currently available on Singtel TV and StarHub TV.[5][6] On 26 January 2016, WakuWaku Japan announced that it will begin broadcasting in Thailand on 26 March, through Ch3SD, a Thai terrestrial pay television service. On 26 March, WakuWaku Japan began temporarily broadcast in Thailand until 27 March under the name 'WakuWaku Japan Hour', which broadcast from 09:00 until 10:30.

On 28 July 2016, WakuWaku Japan announced that it will begin broadcasting in Taiwan in September.[7] It was officially launched in Taiwan on 1 September 2016, at 19:00 NST (20:00 JST), with its first program, Shiki-Oriori: Japan Food & Festival. WakuWaku Japan becomes the first Japanese entertainment TV channel to launch in Sri Lanka along with its debut on Dialog TV on 7 October 2016.[8]

On 8 November 2016, WakuWaku Japan announced that it will begin broadcasting in Vietnam through VTVcab, a Vietnamese cable pay television service.[9] On 1 December, WakuWaku Japan will begin temporarily airing in Vietnam under the name 'WakuWaku Japan Hour', from 18:00 until 21:00 on three different channels are: VTVcab22 Life, VTVcab8 BiBi, and VTVcab Technical. But on 1 April 2018, WakuWaku Japan officially launched in Vietnam, but available on VTVcab and Next TV.[10]

It was announced on 6 January 2017, WakuWaku Japan will begin broadcasting in Mongolia through Univision and DDish TV.[11] On 25 March, WakuWaku Japan officially launched their mascots, Waa and Kuu, to coincide with the premiere of original-produced kids program, WakuWaku be Ponckickies. In July 2017 in Taiwan, WakuWaku Japan officially available on Taiwan Broadcasting Communications.

Programming[edit]

WakuWaku Japan has original programming oriented towards music, sports and children's content. They also rebroadcast imported programs from a variety of genres, including anime, superhero programs like Kamen Rider, live-action drama series, culture programs, entertainment shows like Iron Chef, sports and documentary series. WakuWaku Japan also re-broadcasts music programs and has a portion of re-broadcast programming set aside for children under the block name WakuWaku Kids, as well as an entertainment block called NHK Family Time.[citation needed]. In the Drama section, currently there are four time slots: Drama Woman, which broadcasts NHK's Asadora; Drama Legend, which broadcasts Japanese dramas from the 1990s to the 2000s; Drama Hits, which broadcasts Japanese dramas; and Drama NEO, which broadcasts the latest Japanese drama every Friday night.

Original programming[edit]

  • Music Japan TV (2014–2017)
  • WakuWaku Kids (2015–2016)
  • J.League Goal Highlights (2015–2016)
  • WakuWaku Football Academy (2015–2016)
  • Shiki-Oriori: Japan Food & Festival (2015–2017)
  • Quiz Surprise!! Japan (Indonesia and Myanmar only) (2015–2016)
  • Catch Your Dream! –Study in Japan- (2017)
  • Let's Enjoy Japanese! aJapan
  • The Asian Judge (also on CNN Malaysia) (2016)
  • Tokyo Doki Doki Campus LIFE (2016)
  • The Wonder Japan -Takumi- (also on CNN Malaysia) (2015)
  • Shiki-Oriori (2014–2015)
  • Dream of Red & White Samurai (Indonesia only) (2015)
  • Enjoy! Tokyo Disney Resort TV
  • Washoku World Challenge 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese TV Program Channel WakuWaku Japan is Ready to Air This Month". Duniaku Network. February 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Indonesian Lineup of Broadcast Platforms providing WakuWaku Japan Channel of Japanese Programming for Overseas Broadcast Expanded – Broadcast on Four Pay TV Services to Start on Sunday, June 1". Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation. 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ "WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation". Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation. 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Channel Promoting Japanese Content Expansion". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 March 2014.
  5. ^ "WakuWaku Japan Japanese Programming Channel for Overseas Viewers Expands to Third Country—Singapore! Broadcasts on Singtel TV to Start on Monday, July 6 at 5:00 PM (Local Time)". Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation. 2 June 2015.
  6. ^ "WakuWaku Japan to debut on StarHub TV in January". WakuWaku Japan Corporation. 2 December 2015.
  7. ^ "2016年9月、台湾でWAKUWAKU JAPAN放送開始 5つの国と地域に放送拡大". WakuWaku Japan Corporation. July 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016年10月、スリランカでWAKUWAKU JAPAN放送開始 6つの国と地域に放送拡大". WakuWaku Japan Corporation. 30 August 2016.
  9. ^ "2016年12月ベトナムで放送開始 WAKUWAKU JAPANの放送エリア、7つの国と地域に拡大". WakuWaku Japan Corporation. November 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "WAKUWAKU JAPAN Channel Launches in Vietnam from April 2018! Channel's Reach expands to 12.9 Million Households". WakuWakuJapan.com. WakuWaku Japan Corporation. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  11. ^ "2017年2月モンゴルで放送開始 WAKUWAKU JAPANの放送エリア 8つの国と地域に拡大". WakuWaku Japan Corporation. 6 January 2017.

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