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NHK revamps international service

NHK is revamping its NHK World TV service with a raft of new content.

The Japanese pubcaster said today that there will be a greater number of original programmes on the international channel and it will move into new categories of programming including movies and classical Japanese theatre. There will also be more extensive news coverage.

NHK said that the number of regular programmes on NHK World TV will increase from 34 to 43 with 80% of the shows original productions.

There will also be Japanese movies for the first time and a movie magazine series J-Flicks.

Kabuki Kool, a half hour show about the world of Kabuki, the traditional form of Japanese theatre will also run on the channel. Its news coverage will be extended to incorporate regular economy and business segments from New York.

Other new shows include Japanology Plus, a half hour show about traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and Asia Music Network in which well-known Japanese artists talk about the Asian music scene.