Yurie Omi

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Yurie Omi
Born (1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 30)
Kochi Prefecture, Japan
(raised in Tokyo, Japan)[1]
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater Waseda University
Occupation Announcer (2012–present)
Years active 2012–present
Employer NHK
Notable credit(s) Asaichi anchor (2018–present)
Bura Tamori host (2016–2018)
NHK News Ohayō Nippon newscaster (2016–2018)
Roku-ichi Fukuoka anchor (2015–2016)

Yurie Omi (近江 友里恵, Ōmi Yurie, born July 26, 1988[2]) is a Japanese female announcer, television reporter, television personality, and news anchor for NHK. She is the co-host of NHK's morning talk show Asaichi. She is famous for being the co-host of NHK's geological television series Bura Tamori from April 2016 until March 2018.

Early years[edit]

Omi was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her father is a doctor running a clinic. Her younger brother is a doctor as well.

The beginning of Omi's media experience was early. At age 10, she joined Yomiuri Shimbun as a child journalist.[3] She was involved in researching school-related topics and writing short columns on the newspaper until she was an 11th grader. Although her team members consisted of only those ranging from elementary school children to high school students, they faxed presentation paper to parties, made appointments to people they needed to interview with to get information they wanted, and wrote whole stories about what they investigated, all by themselves. During her membership she has ever interviewed with Japanese renowned female professional tennis player Kimiko Date and the members of Shiki Theatre Company, one of Japanese biggest musical troupes.

When she attended junior high school, she joined the school broadcasting club to try to improve her speech skills as she felt she was not a good public speaker at that time. Her experience in this club gave her confidence to make a speech in public. When she was a high school student, she won with teammates of high school's broadcasting club an award of the 52nd NHK Cup National High School Broadcasting Contest in 2005.[4]

Education[edit]

In March 2012, Omi received the bachelor's degree from Waseda University in Tokyo. Her major was political science, and her researches included sport and city planning. She studied at Public Policy Research Seminar, or PPRS, the laboratory run by Koichiro Agata.[5] Her university friends said that she was, far from a shallow wannabe anchorwoman, at the top of PPRS consisting of such students that were hoping to be big-name company employees or top-notch consultants.[6]

She traveled alone around Beijing, China for a month as she said she loved China and Chinese culture.[7]

Career[edit]

During college, Omi obviously aimed at the career as a broadcaster. She experienced internship at TV-Asahi Ask Co. Ltd. She was an assistant presenter starring some TV news programs of Asahi Newstar news channel.

In April 2012, Omi was hired by NHK as Announcer. After a few months' training she was sent to NHK Kumamoto Branch in Kumamoto, Japan, where she started her broadcasting career as an occasional reporter.

In 2014, Omi announced she was relocated to NHK Fukuoka Branch in Fukuoka, Japan. From the spring of 2015, she was an anchor of NHK Fukuoka's afternoon news show Rokuichi Fukuoka and an occasional newscaster on NHK News broadcast at noon within the Kyushu area as well as nationwide morning news show NHK News Ohayō Nippon and evening news show News Watch 9.

On January 17, 2015, Omi came to Tokyo to be an occasional anchor for that day's NHK News Ohayō Nippon in place of its main anchor Mayuko Wakuda, who was in Kobe for reporting the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

Bura Tamori[edit]

In March 2016, when Omi was still working for NHK Fukuoka Branch, she was appointed as Assistant for NHK's geological program Bura Tamori, following Yuka Kubota, Nachiko Shudo and Maho Kuwako. She was called to Arashiyama, Kyoto for the filming of her first episode of the program, which was aired on April 30, 2016.

Omi moved to Tokyo to officially join NHK Tokyo Announcement Room in April 2016. She met Tamori, this program's host and one of Japan's famous TV personalities, in private at his favorite bar just before leaving Fukuoka and talked with him, because he was born in Fukuoka and liked to talk with her about what was going on in the city.[6]

In the "Yokosuka" episode (aired on June 18, 2016), Omi and Tamori visited the Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. They went on board USS Ronald Reagan anchoring there to interview this aircraft carrier's crew members.

Before filming the "Hiraizumi" episode (aired on December 10, 2016), Omi injured her chin and got stitches on it because she accidentally fell on the street. She appeared in this episode with her chin covered with big bandage, which surprised viewers of this episode.[8]

From April 2016 until March 2018 Omi served 65 episodes of this program. The number of episodes she was involved in is the most of the four Assistants serving this program ever before. On this program, her girlish looks and goofy, empty-minded behavior attracted some of its viewers and contributed to its higher viewership. The highest viewership rate of all episodes is 16.0%, which was marked by the "Kyoto · Fushimi" episode aired on May 7, 2016.

Before leaving Bura Tamori in March 2018 Omi wrapped up her work in NHK Weekly Stera magazine, saying that this program had changed her a lot. "In the beginning I wasn't interested in anything about geology, so I wasn't acquainted with terms frequently used in this program.

"For two years, I got to know a lot about kinds of rocks and stones, terrain features, and geologic stratums. Now these are very familiar to me. I even look at a curling stone and say, 'Oh, that's made of granite, isn't it?'

"I've learned from Tamori what life is about. He taught me that human's distress is a small thing compared to earth's long history. I noticed the meaninglessness of forcing myself to change myself and the importance of staying the way I am."[9]

NHK News Ohayō Nippon[edit]

In April 2016, she was appointed as a general assignment navigator for a corner on NHK News Ohayō Nippon. She served one year as a navigator for the "Machikado Jōhōshitsu (Street Information Room)" segment, where she introduced inventions that helped make people's life more convenient.


On June 20, 2016, Omi was on air at the studio of "Machikado Jōhōshitsu", having her clothes on back to front. Neither she nor any other on-air staff members noticed it at that time, but later one viewer pointed it out on Twitter and it was spread out online. NHK spokesman made a formal apology like this:

It is true that Announcer Omi got her blouse on back to front. She said she carelessly had done it. She will try to wear clothes more carefully from now on.

This caused no backlashes, but instead, this human mistake helped her attract much more viewers than before.[10]

On April 10, 2017, Omi became a weekday newscaster for NHK News Ohayō Nippon (hosted by Kozo Takase and Mayuko Wakuda). She appeared biweekly from 5 am to 7 am JST.

From September 19 through 29, 2017, and from January 29 through February 2, 2018, she hosted this program as an occasional main anchor from 6am to 8am in place of Wakuda, who took leave in that period.

In the midnight of January 1, 2018, Omi appeared on TV as a correspondent at Kawasaki Daishi in Yukutoshi Kurutoshi, NHK's annual New Year's Eve television special, with Takase and Wakuda.[11]

Asaichi[edit]

Leaving Bura Tamori and NHK News Ohayō Nippon in March 2018, Omi has been the co-host of Asaichi, a live infotainment morning talk show, with comedians Hanamaru-Daikichi Hakata since April 2018.[12] Because this program was hosted by Yumiko Udo, one of NHK's prominent Announcers, until Omi took over the anchor of it, this is considered as one of important missions done by NHK Announcers. In response to NHK's official announcement addressed in February 2018, Omi made the following comment:

I'm very surprised that this time I'm going to take over a great job as the morning show personality that I've never imagined before. Since I was working in Fukuoka until two years ago, I think it's an interesting coincidence to be able to costar with Mr. Hanamaru and Daikichi Hakata. I'd like to keep time with them, without aiming too high, to create a warm-hearted program.[13]

In the beginning of September 2018, Omi, together with Mayuko Wakuda, conducted an exclusive interview with Namie Amuro, one of Japan’s leading pop singers who was planning to end her musical career on September 16, 2018. This interview aired in Asaichi on September 12, 2018.

Other programs[edit]

Omi sometimes hosts the panel discussion segment of NHK Special with Tamio Miyake.[14]

Omi is an occasional narrator for Sawayaka Shizen Hyakkei, the documentaries with factual content involving nature of a particular place in Japan.

She appeared on special programs related to the 48th general election of members of the House of Representatives broadcast in October 2017.

Omi visited Sicily, Italy as a one-time navigator to film her six-day walk of the ancient Sicilian footpath from San Leone to Sutera for the last episode of documentary Ippon-no-Michi aired on NHK BS Premium on March 20, 2018.[15]

Omi conducted a panel discussion by people with developmental disability as one of main hosts of NHK's special program with Hideyuki Nakayama. It aired on April 30, 2018.

In the media[edit]

The weekly Shūkan Bunshun magazine nominated Omi the 15th place out of 2017's top 20 favorite female announcers based on reader's polls. The article introduced one reader's voice, saying, "Her goofiness is cute. Tamori and she look like a grandfather and a granddaughter."[16]

In 2018, she was chosen as "the most favorite NHK female announcer (the 9th most favorite female announcer)". Its readers said in this article, "She looks sincere," and "She looks pure."[17]

Shūkan Taishū magazine described why Omi and Maho Kuwako, both of which starred Bura Tamori, were so attractive.[18]

The Weekly Asahi Geinō magazine nominated Omi as "the second hottest female announcer in her 20s" by reader's polls. One reader said in this article that he wanted to live with her because her empty-minded behavior gave him peace of mind. Another reader said that the thickness of her upper arms was exquisite and that her occasional looks with glasses on turned him on.[19]

The Weekly FLASH magazine released the picture of her without studio makeup, walking on her way to NHK for morning commute. This article introduced her recent favorites were bread and rakugo.[20]

Speaking engagements[edit]

In the final of the 63rd NHK Cup National High School Broadcasting Contest in 2016, Omi spoke to the finalists, "When I was in high school I couldn't go into the final round. Now I am host of Bura Tamori. I mean, even if you can't win this time, you still have a chance to be a great broadcaster in the future. Please, believe in your future."

On September 30, 2017, Omi made a presentation in Nagoya to the viewers of Bura Tamori and her programs, talking what she was about, in-depth explanation of Bura Tamori's episodes in Nagoya aired in June 2017, how these episodes were made, what were the hardships in making these episodes, and what were the lessons she had learned from Tamori and the program production team.[21]

In December 2017, Omi spoke on NHK Radio saying that one of the most important attitudes she kept in mind in her job was that she tried not to be easily convinced. She said that she dared not to use the Japanese word naruhodo (meaning "I understand." or "That explains it.") when in a filming of Bura Tamori an expert was explaining something to Tamori and her. She said that it was because if she said so, conversation would stop immediately since he or she would have no more words to say, and it was a great loss of a chance to hear further interesting information from the expert.

She also said:

Actually, I've kept in mind the mottos "Don't be convinced soon." and "Don't use naruhodo too often." since I made a mistake when I was a rookie. In the early period of my broadcasting career I had a chance to have an interview with the field manager of a winning baseball team in high school baseball's regional tournament. It was my first time to do it so I was nervous. When the field manager answered my questions, my response was just "Naruhodo." and I moved on to the next question. If I had swallowed the feelings to say naruhodo and had thought twice, I could've come up with more questions to ask. If I had asked him one more question, I could've heard more in-depth story from him. This lesson I learned from my early experience taught me that I should at all times think about next questions instead of understanding soon. This is what I bear in mind in whatever situations, in the filming of Bura Tamori or in a briefing before a news show.

The full transcript of what she spoke at that time is written in the textbook published by NHK Publishing[22] which is available at bookstores.

Personal life[edit]

Omi's favorite foods include fruits, chocolates and grilled beef. She likes strolling in the town.[1] In addition, she says that her favorites are eating gummy candies and starch syrup, playing the electric organ, Tahitian dance, and collecting iron sand with magnet.

Omi also says that one of her hobbies is traveling, and that she likes reading historical novels and novels set in foreign countries because she can daydream about traveling beyond space and time.[23]

Omi is a good Japanese calligrapher with 6th dan. She says that it is her dream to teach Japanese calligraphy to children after retirement.[23]

She drives a four-wheel-drive car in her spare time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NHKアナウンス室 近江友里恵" (in Japanese). 
  2. ^ Omi mentioned her birthday on Asaichi aired on April 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "アナウンサー仕事の流儀 近江友里恵" (in Japanese). 
  4. ^ "第52回NHK杯全国高校放送コンテスト" [The 52nd NHK Cup National High School Broadcasting Contest] (in Japanese). 岩手県高等学校文化連盟放送専門部資料. 
  5. ^ PPRS Members PPRS Home Page
  6. ^ a b "「あさイチ」抜擢 近江友里恵アナ タモリも愛でる天然力". Shukan Bunshun (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Bungeishunjū. February 22, 2018. pp. 31–32. 
  7. ^ "我去台湾了!". Blog Roku-ichi Fukuoka. September 30, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "ブラタモリの近江アナが心配!顔の絆創膏の理由は?". LoveLionLife. December 13, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ "〈ブラタモリ〉". NHK Weekly Stera (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: NHK Service Center. March 30, 2018. pp. 28–32. 
  10. ^ "服を前後逆に着たNHK近江アナ ブラタモリの天然ぶりも人気" [Dressed back to front, NHK's Omi is popular with her goofiness in Bura Tamori] (in Japanese). News Post Seven. June 29, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "ことしもよろしくお願いいたします". Ohayō Nippon Cast's Blog. January 5, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  12. ^ "平成30年度 おもな番組のキャスター資料" (PDF). Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  13. ^ "「あさイチ」新MCを正式発表 大吉「第1歩として大きな目覚ましを買いました」" [New anchors for Asaichi are officially announced; Daikichi says, "I bought a big alarm clock for the first step."]. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  14. ^ "NHKスペシャル 私たちのこれから/Our Future #認知症社会". March 26, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Paradiso!". Tokyo Announcement Room Information. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  16. ^ "「好きなアナ」「嫌いなアナ」2017". Shukan Bunshun (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Bungeishunjū. June 8, 2017. 
  17. ^ "「好きなアナ」「嫌いなアナ」2018". Shukan Bunshun (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Bungeishunjū. July 5, 2018. 
  18. ^ "ブラタモリから大ブレイク! NHK桑子真帆アナ&近江友里恵アナの魅力". Nikkan Taishū. July 24, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "世代別エロい女子アナ興奮度ランキング". Weekly Asahi Geinō (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Tokuma Shoten. March 15, 2018. pp. 43–44. 
  20. ^ "NHK「近江友里恵アナ」雨宮萌果アナから謎かけの手ほどき". Smart FLASH. June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  21. ^ 【9月単発】「ブラタモリ」が名古屋へやってきた! 9/30 講師 NHKアナウンサー 近江友里恵
  22. ^ NHKアナウンサーとともに ことば力アップ 2017年10月〜2018年3月号 (in Japanese), NHK Publishing (published October 1, 2017), 2017, pp. 76–79, ISBN 978-4-14-910986-2 
  23. ^ a b "平成30年度番組 新キャスター発表!". 

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