Posted: 18 Feb 2010 Print Send a link
"Japan's giant public broadcasting network, NHK, today is scheduled to begin offering Hawai'i TV viewers a 24-hour English-language news and information channel that focuses on Asia and Japan. NHK World TV, which has only been in operation since February 2009, is already seen in more than 80 countries. ... 'It's sort of a window to Japan,' said Koki Matsumoto, a senior director at Japan International Broadcasting Inc., a subsidiary of NHK. 'You don't see these things on CNN. This is a uniqueness we are very proud of. It is something very innovative.' ... 'About 300,000 Hawai'i residents are either Japanese or a Japanese mixture, so there is a natural interest,' he said. ... NHK World TV can be seen on Oceanic Time Warner Cable's digital channel 682 and on 1682 as part of its high-definition entertainment package. Oceanic reaches about 90 percent of Hawai'i's households." Mike Gordon, Honolulu Advertiser, 16 February 2010. Mr. Matsumoto is correct about NHK World's "uniqueness." During the recent snowstorms in Washington, I've had a chance to watch NHK World for a few hours. There is an artistic quality to much of the programming. It requires more patience than the rapid-paced all news format, but that patience is rewarded.