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March 03, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Japan

I’d like to describe the details of domestic English broadcasts in Japan.

First of all, about NHK (radio 2 - studying program). 

NHK is the abbreviation of Nippon Hoso Kyokai (it means ‘Japan Broadcasting Corporation’).

 

They have a diverse range of programs covering news, education, culture, family entertainment and sports - broadcast around the clock on every day of the year.

Their international SW service as NHK World Radio Japan.

They operate four television channels: General TV, Educational TV, BS 1 and BS Premium. NHK also delivers three radio channels: Radio 1(General), Radio 2(Educational) and FM (mainly music).

 

On Radio 2, there are a lot of English-studying programs, as follows; (in 2016)

1) Basic English 1,

2) Basic English 2,

3) Basic English 3,

4) English conversation by radio,

5) English listening,

6) English conversation (time trial),

7) Business English (entry level),

8) Business English (advanced level),

9) Enjoy simple English,

10) Let’s read Haruki Murakami’s achievements in English.

 

Wow, so many choices!

These programs are generally 15 minutes long and on every weekday.

There are four Radio 2 very high-powered (500KW) MW transmitters making it easy to hear everywhere not only in Japan but also in Asia / Pacific countries. 

 

693kHz in Saitama near Tokyo (JOAB),

747kHz in Sapporo, Hokkaido (JOIB),

774kHz in Akita (JOUB),

and 873kHz in Kumamoto. Kyshu (JOGB).

 

In case of an emergency, like in the 2011 disaster, you turn on the TV to NHK and set the audio to English sub-audio with the remote controller.

I personally think they are reliable at times of mass disaster and the only public TV in Japan, with proper training, budget, and human resources.

 

(NHK Radio 2 service)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHK_Radio_2

 

the NHK's broadcasting center in Tokyo (from Wikipedia)

Nhkcenter

 

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