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
Some minor improvements
Ratings and Reviews
NHK was long a family favourite. Their English service nowadays is pretty basic, however, functioning mostly as a travel brochure for Japan. That’s nice enough. But I miss some of the programmes they used to port from regular NHK such as Minna no Uta, but no longer have.
And their Chinese service seems drastically scaled back of late. Under the “multilingual” heading, one can access some programmes under simplified Chinese, but only one under proper Chinese (正體中文). This is the same with their website, which is odd as all they need is to automatically convert.
NHK World is alright. It lacks some of the quirky character of yesteryear, somehow. But good that they keep producing.
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.
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.
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- NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
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- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Apple TV
- Requires tvOS 14.0 or later.
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