Latest NHK Stories

2009-10-06 12:09:00

CANNES, France, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- NHK, NHK Enterprises, Science Channel and Atlantic Productions have teamed up for the largest-ever international quest for a living giant squid. Though scientists have tried for decades to find this creature in its natural habitat, researchers have had but the merest glimpse of this notoriously reclusive animal. Through a new multi-million dollar expedition, scientists will study, for the first time, Architeuthis dux in its native environment and...

2008-09-19 21:00:15

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Public broadcaster Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and six commercial broadcasters will hold a television program trade show in October. The event, backed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, will coincide with the three-day International Drama Festival in Tokyo 2008, to be held in the Japanese capital's Roppongi district from Oct. 22. The trade show is aimed at selling Japanese TV programs...

2008-09-04 18:00:11

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Microsoft Corp. and 12 other firms will acquire stakes in Japan International Broadcasting Inc., the unit of Japan Broadcasting Corp., the nation's sole public broadcaster more widely known as NHK, said Thursday. Japan International Broadcasting is scheduled to start satellite and Internet-based English-language television broadcast in February. The company plans to raise 190 million yen in fresh capital by early October by issuing new shares, a move that will...

2008-07-22 15:00:34

CHICAGO, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaRecall, through their agreement with MICO (Media International Corporation), announces the immediate online availability of impossible to find, aerial footage of Beijing. More than 1,500 high-quality HD clips of landmarks, Olympic venues and Beijing cultural footage, lifestyle and nightlife, for stock footage licensing. This is one-of-a-kind footage that is literally days old, and unlike anything that has been available to date. "This collection...

2007-08-23 20:00:00

TOKYO -- It's still beyond the reach of science to predict exactly when an earthquake will strike, but Japan will soon get the next best thing - televised warnings that come before anyone feels the ground shake. Japan's Meteorological Agency and national broadcaster are teaming up to alert the public of earthquakes as much as 30 seconds before they hit, or at least before they can bring their full force down on populated areas. The system - the first of its kind in the world - does not...

2006-05-18 22:46:30

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile that could reach parts of the United States, Japanese media reports said on Friday, but Japan's government said it did not believe a launch was imminent. Quoting unidentified South Korean government officials, public broadcaster NHK said satellite pictures showed there have been signs since early this month around a site in northeastern North Korea that pointed to a possible...

2006-05-18 18:44:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range Taepodong ballistic missile that could have the capacity to reach all of the United States, Japanese national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday. Quoting unidentified South Korean government officials, NHK said satellite pictures showed there have been signs since early this month around a launch site in northeastern North Korea that pointed to a possible firing in the near future. South Korea's defense ministry...

2006-04-30 00:26:28

TOKYO (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 jolted central Japan on Sunday, but the Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami and national media said there were no immediate reports of damage. The Meteorological Agency said the epicenter of the tremor -- which occurred at 1:10 p.m. (0410 GMT) -- was 10 km (6 miles) under the sea off the coast of Shizuoka prefecture, around 120 km west of Tokyo. In the coastal city of Atami -- a famous...

2006-04-18 02:55:53

By Julian Ryall TOKYO (Hollywood Reporter) - Nightly doses of pain, degradation and downright embarrassment that once captivated Japanese TV viewers have been toned down dramatically after widespread concerns about their impact on society. Some programs that horrified viewers and hiked ratings have been replaced with chat shows, cooking series and low-cost dramas -- chasing away viewers in the process. "Part of the problem is that there were a couple of accidents in the shows and...

2006-02-07 01:57:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, wife of the emperor's younger son, is pregnant, media said on Tuesday as the nation debates whether women should be allowed to inherit the imperial throne. Public broadcaster NHK said the Imperial Household Agency was set to announce the pregnancy, but agency officials said there were no such plans and they could not confirm it. The princess's husband is Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito. Her pregnancy, if confirmed, is likely...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'