President

Koji Koizumi

NHK International’s greatest mission is to use the diverse knowhow of NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, to help improve the lives of people in developing countries.

Sadly, tensions have risen again around the world and the places where NHK International operates are among the global hot spots. Our staff are continuing their work together with many others in the difficult environments of South Sudan, Kosovo, Ukraine and Bangladesh.

In spite of limited financial resources and staff numbers, our activities cover a truly wide range. We provide NHK programs and footage to broadcasting stations in every part of the world. We support the birth and growth of public broadcasting in newly independent African countries. We organize workshops on the proper roles of public broadcasting for the furtherance of peace and stability in European and Asian countries still feeling the scars of conflict and terrorism. And amid continuing global climate change and frequent natural disasters, we provide knowledge of NHK’s natural disaster reporting and information processing systems to China, Vietnam and other countries.

Every day, the world news is full of stories of people being traumatized and losing loved ones in conflicts, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other calamities. Our daunting task is to keep on doing what little we can to help ameliorate their condition in these harsh situations.

All of these activities may be referred to in a single breath as international contributions but in fact each country confronts very different circumstances and countless difficult challenges. There are harsh climatic conditions, inevitable misunderstandings, and sometimes activities that have been months in the planning are overturned at the very last moment.

All of this notwithstanding, the broadcasting services of these countries are indispensable to the futures of hundreds of thousands and even millions of people there. This is also the reason why NHK, the public broadcaster, will continue to be expected to contribute internationally through broadcasting.

The road is certainly not easy but I am deeply committed to working together with all staff of NHK International to protect people’s lives and well-being through broadcasting services and help the countries of Asia, Africa and the world carve out a more prosperous future for themselves.

 

July 1st, 2017

Koji Koizumi
Koji Koizumi
President
NHK International