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Message from General Managing Director

Mutsuo Nishimura
General Managing Director

I have taken office as General Managing Director of the Hoso Bunka Foundation. Throughout my career at NHK, I have been engaged in broadcasting business primarily in the news reporting division and have dealt with regional broadcast service as well. I find it very sobering to be assuming such solemn responsibilities at the foundation that has contributed to the development of broadcasting culture in Japan and abroad over more than 40 years.

Among new cutting-edge efforts coming up one after another, such as further convergence between broadcasting and telecommunications and content distribution via internet, is 4K/8K (Super Hi-Vision) practical broadcasting scheduled to begin in December this year. Even in this reform phase, the influence of broadcasting on society is great, so that questions are being raised about what and how broadcasters should convey to the public.

The Hoso Bunka Foundation offers a wide range of support that includes awarding the “HBF Prize”, providing “grants for broadcast-related research and technology development” and “fostering proficient program producers by holding regional forums”. I will continue to enhance these efforts and contribute to the development and improvement of broadcasting culture.

I will greatly appreciate your support and guidance.

(June 21, 2018)