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When I was posted to the Communist Paradise of the People’s Republic of China between 2004 and 2007, I use to watch a lot of Japanese television on NHK. I always liked the production value and watching the news no matter how dreadful the story it was always read calmly. No need to get excited it’s only the news, that’s Japan. A country I visited twice and simply loved it, so civilized. Not the case in China with its non-stop propaganda news, similar to what you could see in North Korea.

NHK, is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. NHK, which has always been known by this romanized acronym in Japanese, is a publicly owned corporation funded by viewers’ payments of a television license fee. It’s motto, まっすぐ、真剣。 (“Straightforward, earnest”)

At night the signing off music is the great French song of Charles Trenet, La Mer. Truly a classic song it there ever was one. The words are beautiful, it is a poem about the Sea describing its quality, a shepherdess watching over the crest of the wave which are white like sheep. Shepherdess of infinite azure. The Sea cradles my heart for life.



DOMO Kun, the Official Mascot of NHK television