television

“NHK Repelling Stickers” free for anyone wanting to keep away Japan’s public TV fee collectors

It’s a strange state of affairs when a public TV station is treated in the same way as mosquitoes or demons.

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Fans wonder if children’s show Pretty Cure’s next season will go “full lesbian”

This long-running children’s series may not be doing it on purpose, but is making significant strides in LGBT acceptance in Japan.

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North Korean missile launches may cost Japanese broadcasters “billions of yen”

The missiles may not be physically crashing into Japan, but their effect is hitting television stations square in the wallet.

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40 ways foreign and Japanese TV dramas are different, according to our Japanese-language reporter

A lot’s been said about how foreign audiences feel about Japanese TV dramas, but what if we flip the script?

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Top 5 Studio Ghibli films Japanese viewers are tired of watching

These responses prove that when you’re spoiled with the best anime in the world, you really can have too much of a good thing.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 ways to get rid of the annoying door-to-door NHK guy 【Weird Top Five】

How to swiftly, and humorously, deal with the bane of every TV owner’s existence in Japan.

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Doshisha’s retro LCD TV even comes with functioning clicking channel knob just like the old days!

The forgotten tactile pleasure of turning a clicky dial to change the television channel can be had again!

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Chinese animation making inroads on Japanese television, but not everyone is a fan

An anime based on a popular Chinese manga makes no bones about its artistic roots but hopes to show the world mainland Chinese culture.

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Japan’s public broadcaster wins landmark court case and 12 bucks

NHK’s reign of terror on the Japanese public continues in an unprecedented court victory over a man who engineered his television to refuse their service.

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Japanese TV compares kissing, bathing, and slapping scenes in manga for girls vs. boys【Pics】

This may help explain why men and women never understand each other….

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New mascot “Lucky Bear” appearing on Chinese TV looks awfully familiar

A roly-poly bear with red cheeks and white eyebrows recently appeared on a TV program in China, which can mean only one thing: Kumamoto Prefecture traveled six years back in time and ripped them off!

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Japanese TV show decides to censor the exposed nipples…of babies 【Photos】

Put a shirt on, you crazy kids!

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Japanese Sherlock manga finally gets an English release

The wait is finally over for Sherlock fans who have been waiting over four years to get their hands on the Japanese manga adaptation of the popular British TV series.

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Hide your daughters! Kagoshima’s suave new bear mascot is winning hearts all over

Meet the bear that’s making women say: “I wanna fall prey to him!”

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Japanese kids’ show a big hit overseas for strangely moving Rube Goldberg machine story【Video】

I often enjoy watching the educational programming of NHK’s E-Tele in the mornings with my family while we get ready for the day. It’s full of fun and educational shows that teach everything from English to geography, and Pitagora Switch (Japanese pronunciation of “Pythagora Switch”) is a big crowd favorite. It showcases cute little machines similar to Rube Goldberg devices where a ball travels along an array of painstakingly arranged cups, springs, ramps, pulleys and whatever else they can cram in to get to the other end.

My two-year-old daughter always gets a kick out of its blend of physics and fun, and now apparently so does much of the Western world after a segment of the show posted onto YouTube has received rave reviews on Reddit for its unique combination of story-telling and Rube Goldberg machinations.

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Sony unveils bizarre new TV remote control with built-in speaker, met with confusion and LOLs

It’s amazing how much technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Companies continually strive to outdo one another by bringing us the latest modern conveniences and seeking to create new and unique gizmos that we won’t want to live without. That said, there are times when we seem to rely on technology more than we need to, and when it feels like companies release new devices without much of a goal in mind besides trying to be different..

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Super Mega Important Debate – Japanese TV: is it just plain awful? 【Poll】

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Super Mega Important Debate is back! This weekend, we’re putting Japanese TV under the spotlight and asking you, our good-looking and never-shy-to-venture-an-opinion readers, whether you think the TV shows broadcast in Japan are wonderfully entertaining or a big bag of steaming horse poop.

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Famous Japanese wildlife photographer charms cats across the world 【Video】

Mitsuaki Iwago is a notable wildlife photographer, and is the only Japanese photographer to have his work grace the cover of National Geographic more than once.

So far he has journeyed to over nine different countries to photograph cats, and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Iwago believes that by studying cats we can better understand people, and has mentioned his affinity for shooting felines during multiple interviews.

Apparently the cats feel the same way about Mr. Iwago – just check out this footage taken from one of his past adventures!

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Beijing man lives in an unbelievably accurate reconstruction of the sitcom Friends

The man pictured above is Beijing, China resident Gunther. You might be wondering why Gunther appears to be on the set of the hit ’90s sitcom Friends complete with the two leather Lazyboy recliners and over-sized handmade entertainment center owned by Chandler and Joey for much of ten seasons.

That is not a set from the award-winning comedy, however. This is Gunther’s apartment, painstakingly decorated to be nearly identical to that famous Manhattan room. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Gunther attachment to Friends.

However, before you go thinking “Could he BE any more insane?” emulating Friends actually may have been the best thing to happen to him.

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Don’t want to pay your NHK TV licence fee? Beat Takeshi doesn’t think you should have to

In Japan, it’s mandatory to pay for a TV licence if you own a television set or device that can receive a broadcast signal. The money goes to NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting service. It’s much the same deal as in the UK, where your television licence funds the BBC.

But what if you don’t even watch any BBC or NHK channels? Should you still have to pay? Actor, director and outspoken comedian Beat Takeshi doesn’t think so – in fact, he’s calling for the option to “opt-out” of accessing Japan’s NHK’s programming for people who don’t want to pay the licence fee.

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