The number one Japanese-language channel in North America, TV JAPAN provides a rich lineup of news, entertainment and sports from top Japanese networks: NHK, Fuji TV, TBS, TV Asahi, Nippon TV and TV Tokyo. Many of the news programs offer English as a secondary audio service. Select programs are provided with English subtitles and bilingual coverage of the Grand Sumo tournaments.
“Hanako & Anne” [Sun – Fri, 9:45pm ET] © NHK
This new morning drama serial will be based on the life of Hanako Muraoka. Hanako was a scholar and translator of children’s literature, and she became famous for her translation of the novels ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and ‘The Christmas Carol‘during World War 2. Viewers will get to experience the ups and downs of Hanako life during the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods (late 1800′s through the mid-80s). Hanako was first introduced to U.S. and European literature as a poor schoolgirl and continues through her life as she kept translating during the war at great risk to herself.
“Honmadekka!? TV” [Fridays, 11:15pm ET] © FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.
With Sanma Akashiya, one of the biggest comedians in Japan as the host, this show will transmit gossip and truth about what is rumored around the world. With each episode, a topic will be chosen and explored to its tiniest component. The well informed and knowledgeable critics of each category, so-called the “Hakushiki-gundan(Expert team)” will repeatedly echo “Honmadekka(Really)?”
“HERO” [Mondays, 8:55pm ET] © FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.
Kohei Kuryu is a prosecutor at the Josai branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office. He looks and thinks differently from the other prosecutors. When he takes on a new case, he first goes to the scene of the incident and looks around with his own eyes. His unique habit as a prosecutor has not changed over the past 13 years of his work. Chika Asagi works as an assistant officer at the public prosecutor’s office. She becomes influenced by Kohei Kuryu and grows as a person.
“Strategist Kanbe” [Saturdays, 5:15pm ET] © NHK
The Historical Drama for 2014 is life story of Kanbe Kuroda, a gifted faithful strategist from Himeji, who supported Hideyoshi Toyotomi with his eloquence and brilliant military strategies during the Age of Civil Wars.