History

NHK International 1980-2013

1980 ・ Foundation of NHK International, Inc. in July.
・ Contract for world distribution rights for the TV program, "Legacy for the Future," produced by NHK in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of broadcasting.
1981 ・ Supply of "NHK Weekly News" to Japanese-language broadcasters in Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York and Brazil.
1982 ・ Supply of TV programs through Cultural Grant Aid from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs begins.
1983 ・ NHK TV series, "The Silk Road," draws enthusiastic reactions at MIP in Cannes.
1984 ・ Chinese language version of NHK drama "Oshin" aired in Singapore, followed by Thailand, China, and Hong Kong.
1985 ・ Support of overseas broadcasters in their coverage of the Kobe Universiade.
1986 ・ Production of the English version of "Oshin" with the assistance of the Japan Foundation, Hoso Bunka Foundation (HBF) and NHK.
1987 ・ Purchase of "Sesame Street" series from CTW in the US. Broadcast resumed on NHK satellite channel. (Returned to Educational TV in 1988.)
1988 ・ Commissioned by NHK to suppot foreign broadcasters covering Japan, program exchange and support for Radio Japan.
1989 ・ Authorized by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications as a Specialized Non-profit Foundation for the promotion of overseas understanding of Japan.
・ Support of overseas broadcasters for coverage of the Funeral of Emperor Hirohito.
1990 ・ First Japanese TV Program Festival held in Beining and other 9 cities in the PRC. This becomes an annual event.
・ Japanese Language Course aired on TV University in the PRC.
1991 ・ International Symposium, "The World's View of Japan through Oshin," held in commemoration of the 10th anniversary, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the Japan Foundation, Hoso Bunka Foundation and NHK.
・ Operation of the JAPAN PRIZE entrusted by NHK.
1992 ・ First Japanese Video Festival held in Vietnam.
・ Program production for JAMCO begins.
1993 ・ Support of overseas broadcasters in their coverage of the Tokyo G7 Summit and the royal wedding of the Crown Prince and Princess.
・ Symposium, "What is Happening to the World's TV Programs for Children?," held in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the JAPAN PRIZE.
1994 ・ Organization of special events in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and Kobe, marking the 25th anniversary of the airing of "Sesame Street" in the US.
・ Support of overseas broadcasters in their coverage of the Asian Games in Hiroshima.
1995 ・ Co-host with the Japan Foundation of "The Global Spread of the Japanese Language," a symposium in commemoration of the 15th anniversary.
・ Support of overseas broadcasters in their coverage of the Kobe-Hanshin Earthquake, the APEC Conference in Osaka, and the 50th memorial of the A-bombing of Hiroshima.
1996 ・ Number of countries/regions "Oshin" supplied to tops 50.
・ Programs supplied by Cultural Grant Aid exceeds 10,000.
1997 ・ Number of countries/regions "Oshin" supplied to tops 50.
・ Programs supplied by Cultural Grant Aid exceeds 10,000.
1998 ・ Support of overseas broadcasters in their coverage of the Nagano Olympics.
・ Participants in video festivals in the PRC top the million mark.
・ First Japanese Video Festival held in Laos.
・ "NHK's Educational Programs on the Global Stages," focusing on the supply of TV programs through Japan's public funds and how they are used in reciepient countries, aired on NHK TV.
1999 ・ Programs supplied by Cultural Grant Aid and the Japan Foundation exceed 25,000.
・ Co-host with NHK of "The World of Sesame Street" marking the 30th anniversary of broadcasting of the series.
・ Record number of 212 TV program entries in the 26th JAPAN PRIZE Contest.
2000 ・ Production of international version of NHK drama "Suzuran," and supply to Thailand (broadcast from October 2000.)
・ The exhibition, "The World of the Tale of Heike," held at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris, commemorating the 20th anniversary.
・ Operation of the IBC for the G8 Summit in Okinawa, and support of 41 overseas broadcasters in their coverage.
・ First Hi-Vision HDTV video festival held in Beijing and Shanghai.
・ First video festival held in Mongolia and India.
2001 ・ The Exhibition "The World of the Tale of Heike" at Hague.
・ The Exhibition "Kabuki Paper Sculptures" held in London
・ 2nd Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Qingdao and Guiyang.
・ The Exhibition of the artist, Kiyoshi Nakashima, "Ler Vertes Annee - Le Coeur
   battant du Japon d'autrefois" held in Paris
・ "Suzuran" supplied to 12 countries.
2002 ・ 662 programs offered to Kosovo through UN funding.
・ 2nd video festival held in Mongolia. Rumi Hiiragi, who played Moe in "Suzuran" proves popular there.
・ 3rd Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Dailian, Changsha.
・ The 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China commemorative symposium "Maintenance and Development of water resources of the Yellow River" held in Beijing.
・ Program series "The Japanese table" offered to a support association for high school students' study abroad in the USA.
2003 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Iraq (60th country).
・ 5th video festival held in Mongolia.
・ 4th Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Chongqing, Amoy.
・ Organized the 30th JAPAN PRIZE "Children's Hope, Adults' Promise".
・ "Sesame Street" broadcast ends at the end of March.
2004 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Afghanistan (61st country).
・ 3rd video festival held in India.
・ 5th Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan.
・ Program series "Keys to Japan" produced for foreign students from Asia
2005 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Bhutan (62nd country).
・ Produced the animation for Stop Aids Campaign "Never Give Up".
・ 6th Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Kokekhota, Hangzhou.
・ First Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Brazil.
・ Produced the PR Video "YOKOSO JAPAN!" for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Government of Japan.
2006 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Gabon (63rd country).
・ 7th Exhibition "Hi-Vision HDTV Video Festival" held in Beijing, Guilin, Guangzhou.
・ Himalaya International Video Festival and symposium about global warming held.
・ "Project X" offered to six more countries (36 countries in total).
・ Initiation of sales of Hi-Vision HDTV video footage to worldwide broadcasters in cooperation with BBC Motion Gallery.
・ Produced and broadcast the program series "Small Counties in the World".
2007 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Tajikistan (64th country)
・ "Japan Forum in UAE 2008" held in Dubai
・ 4th "Video Festival in India" held at two universities in India as commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of India-Japan cultural exchange
・ Produced the video for 20th anniversary of the establishment of Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, CLAIR
・ Produced multimedia educational material for JICA-Net
・ Produced the mini program series "Ni Hao! Peng You (Hello! My Friends)" for broadcasting in China as international co-production
2008 ・ Operation of TICAD IV International Symposium on "Economic Development in Africe and Asian Growth Experience" held in Yokohama
・ Symposium on "How to Stop Global Warming" held in Tokyo
・ "Video Festival and Hi-Vision Equipment Exhibition" for the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year, held in three cities in Brazil
・ Operation of the IBC for the G8 Kyoto Foreign Ministers' Meeting
・ Operation of the IBC for the G8 Summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, and supported 92 overseas broadcasters with their coverage.
・ 1st "Shanghai and Tokyo Global Conference" held in Shanghai, China
・ "Chinese Hi-vision/Environmental Forum" held in three cities in China
・ Produced the PR Video "Delicious Nippon" for the Ministry of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
2009 ・ "Oshin" supplied to Yemen (65th country)
・ Produced multimedia materials on 11 topics for JICA (JICA-Net Multimedia-based Learning Materials)
・ 2nd Chinese Hi-vision/Environmental Forum held in three cities in China
・ Produced international PR DVD and pamphlet for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
・ Co-produced The Animal Conference on the Environment (animated film) with Shenzhen Media Group
・ 36th JAPAN PRIZE received a record 324 entries
・ Research in Ecuador on the use of digital terrestrial television for educational purposes, carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
2010 ・ Relay of New Year’s Eve bell ringing at Nara’s Yakushi-ji Temple for China’s Shaanxi Television
・ International studios established at our premises to provide production support for foreign broadcasters
・ Experts sent over Nepal to help revise media policy and enhance public radio for furthering democracy
・ Assisted in on-location shooting in Okinawa of Chinese drama “Sunny Girl”
・ Produced news features for NHK World TV concerning the Shanghai Expo
・ Entrusted with organizing the International Media Center for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya.
・ Operation of the IBC for APEC Japan 2010 in Yokohama
・ Helped organize ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) General Assembly in Tokyo
2011 ・ Arranged relay vans for NHK World TV and foreign broadcasters to provide coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake
・ Relays and feeds from our international studios to provide coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake
・ Multilingual versions of programs about the Great East Japan Earthquake
・ No. of programs & DVDs delivered to foreign broadcasters and Japanese diplomatic missions reaches 8,600
・ Received trainees from TV networks around China for technical training and training in disaster coverage
・ Begin training sessions in digital video production at the JICA Okinawa International Center
・ Establish NHK VIDEO BANK to promote international sales of NHK video materials
2012 ・ Assist crews from Ghana and Liberia which came to Japan to cover areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake
・ Organized exhibition in Roppongi, Tokyo of award-winning works from the Japan Media Arts Festival
・ Rerun of "Oshin" by public television in Sri Lanka
・ Dubbing of NHK educational programs and documentaries for Laos (under Cultural Grant Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
・ Operation of IBC for the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group that took place in Tokyo
・ Headquarters and feed studios transferred to Amway Japan Headquarters Building owing to earthquake-proofing work at the No. 2 Kyodo Building
2013 ・ Commenced training project to develop public broadcasting in South Sudan
・ NHK International transformed into a general incorporated association
・ Representatives of the media from 6 African countries invited over for TICAD-V (5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development); produced and ran symposium associated with TICAD-V
・ Produced a program to promote ethnic reconciliation in Bosnia for broadcast on public TV in the region and NHK World TV
2014 ・ Implemented training for executives and staff of South Sudan TV & Radio in Uganda and Kenya
・ Managed the JICA International Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction; broadcasts on NHK Educational Channel and Japan International Broadcasting (jibtv)
・ Invited TV crews from 4 Asian countries for disaster risk reduction coverage and program production
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