NHK WORLD-JAPAN provides the latest information on Japan and Asia through television, radio and online to a global audience.
It is the international service of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.

- 18 languages available
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

- Latest news on Japan and Asia
- Push notification of emergency information on earthquakes and tsunami *English, Chinese, Portuguese and Vietnamese
- Live streaming of 24/7 English TV channel with multilingual subtitles by AI translation
- Multilingual video and audio programs on demand
- linear Internet service for the distribution of Chinese-language news and programs

What’s New

Version 8.3.0

Some minor improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

canarybearer ,

Great Content, Decent Performance, Minor bug

I've used the NHK World News app ever since I discovered the station while I was an exchange student in Germany. I thoroughly enjoy the Japanese perspective on global world events, and in particular, I enjoy the train segments with their beautiful narration and landscapes.

I’ve updated my review to 4 stars since they’ve greatly improved the performance and reliability of the app! My only complaint now is that when I manually go to full screen mode, there is a pause button in the center of the screen that won’t go away until I press the closed caption button and press “off”!

Jp notes ,

I like it, but...

Overall I like it. A few things bug me, though. 1) I’d prefer fewer voiceovers and more subtitles. I’m trying to learn Japanese, and their limited number of English talent is, well, annoying and distracting. At least give an option to hear the original Japanese or dubbed. 2) They don’t seem to have enough bandwidth dedicated to the service. I don’t have problems streaming any services except NHK World. It’s not all the time, but it’s enough to be annoying. 3) Ditch the hourly news programs. I like the news programs, but they’re on far too frequently. 4) I’d like to see more programming that’s available on NHK in Japan. I get that this is free and in Japan you’re supposed to pay, but I’d like to see more programming that isn’t all about the tourism. Don’t get me wrong — as an outsider that’s also incredibly valuable. But would love to see more dramas that are being viewed in Japan.

Blue h2o ,

Excellent access to Japanese culture & News

I've visited Japan twice and always come home wanting more. Recently discovered the NHK World app for my iPad and for my AppleTV.

From news shows (without any kind of typical western slant) you can keep up on newsworthy events from Japan, Asia, the USA and the rest of the world. Some of the news anchors/reporters don't have the typical western polish, but honestly, I find that very refreshing.

They have many shows designed to inform you about Japanese culture with a heavy emphasis on travel. The iPad app also has access to basic Japanese language learning and lots of fun shows that will introduce you to Japanese culture.

App Privacy

The developer, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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