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The NHK (short for Nippon Hoso Kyokai, Japanese for "Japan Broadcasting Corporation") is the State Broadcaster of Japan. It was founded as the Tokyo Broadcasting Station on November 29, 1924, and changed to its current name on August 6th, 1926.

The NHK operates the following TV channels:

  • NHK General TV, their main channel.
  • NHK Educational TV, which airs... educational content.
  • NHK BS-1, NHK BS Premium, NHK BS-4K, and NHK BS-8K, all satellite TV services.
  • NHK World, an English-language channelnote  offering news and public affairs programming; available to watch for free online.
  • NHK World Premium (distributed in the U.S. and Canada as TV Japan and in Europe as JSTV), which rebroadcasts domestic NHKnote  news and entertainment programs, in raw Japanese (certain anime have English subtitles, while NHK's evening domestic newscasts and Grand Sumo coverage have alternate English audio tracks).
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On radio, NHK operates three domestic networks, Radio 1 (news and public affairs, similar to The BBC or NPR), Radio 2 (educational programming, including English language lessons), and NHK FM (classical music and news), plus a multilingual international broadcaster, NHK World - Radio Japan, which broadcasts in 18 languages on the Internet and on shortwave radio.


List of series that air or have aired on the NHK's channels:

Domestic series

Imported series


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