OWING MILLS, Md.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--NHK WORLD TV, Japan’s sole public English language channel, is proud to announce its partnership with Maryland Public Television (MPT) based in Owings Mills, Maryland. MPT covers Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and Washington, DC. It joins stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Charlotte as NHK WORLD TV partners in distributing its hourly live news and Japanese lifestyle programming which is produced in English.
“For people across Maryland, Washington, DC, and adjoining states with an interest in international news, as well as Japanese and Asian culture, NHK WORLD TV’s programs and series provide a fresh new look and perspective.”
NHK WORLD TV is a 24/7 public network featuring original television programming from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). NHK WORLD TV delivers a unique and diverse blend of programming featuring the hourly live international news from Tokyo and news bureaus around the globe and programs on Japanese society, politics, scientific advancement, culture, history, food and lifestyle. One of the many news bureaus is in Washington, DC.
NHK WORLD TV officially launches on MPT on January 3, 2017. Local viewers can watch on channels 268 (Comcast) or 480 (Verizon FiOS) and over the air on six channel including 67.4 (Baltimore) and channel 22.4 (Washington, DC). For all other listings viewers can visit mpt.org/about/channels or check with their local cable provider. Cable systems’ channel lineups will list the station as NHK.
Featured programs on NHK WORLD TV include “GRAND SUMO Highlights,” “Dining with the Chef” and “Journeys in Japan.” “GRAND SUMO Highlights” features an overview and highlights from the sumo tournaments or “bashos” in Japan every odd month of the year. Episodes will air daily from January 8-23.“Dining with the Chef” has alternating hosts, Chef Tatsuo Saito and Chef Rika Yukimasa. A prominent master of Japanese culinary arts, Chef Tatsuo Saito runs a cooking school in Tokyo and previously served as head chef at the Japanese embassies in Paris and Washington, DC On “Dining with the Chef,” he provides an insightful analysis of culinary techniques and step-by-step instruction on Japanese recipes. Chef Rika Yukimasa is a Tokyo-based cooking researcher and author with over 49 cooking and lifestyle books. On this program, she demonstrates delicious Japanese recipes and offers alternatives to ingredients and tools not easily found in the United States.
“Journeys in Japan” highlights the different cultures and lifestyles throughout various regions in Japan. On this program, one of the traveler hosts is American journalist and photographer, Kit Pancoast Nagamura. She takes viewers on a cultural journey throughout the country, showcasing the path less traveled.
“Dining with the Chef” can be seen on NHK WORLD TV on Fridays (9:30AM and 3:30PM EST) and Saturdays (9:10PM and 3:10AM EST) and MPT’s Create on Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:00AM and 2:00PM EST). “Journeys in Japan” can be seen on NHK WORLD TV on Mondays (6:30PM EST) and Tuesdays (12:30AM, 7:30AM and 12:30PM EST) and MPT’s Create on Wednesdays (9:30AM and 3:30PM EST) and Sundays (9:30AM EST).
“We are thrilled about this partnership with MPT and are excited to be a part of the Maryland community,” said Mr. Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of JIB (Japan International Broadcasting Inc.), a subsidiary of NHK. “MPT’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen communities through the power of media, and the addition of NHK WORLD TV aligns well with the station’s commitment to viewers. As we switch providers, expanding our presence in the Washington, DC area, we are delighted to serve our viewers in the region by providing a worldly perspective on Japanese and Asian culture, lifestyle and news.”
“The addition of NHK WORLD TV to MPT’s channel lineup offers viewers a variety of engaging programming options,” explained Maryland Public Television President and CEO Larry D. Unger. “For people across Maryland, Washington, DC, and adjoining states with an interest in international news, as well as Japanese and Asian culture, NHK WORLD TV’s programs and series provide a fresh new look and perspective."