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Samantha

ニュース / News, Japan Style

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One of the consistently more interesting sources of material that I post here has become news opens from Japan. They're like nothing else I've ever seen, and they probably deserve their own thread.

 

I've put all of the videos from my different Japan posts here. They are highly interesting. Next to them are some of the more interesting notes about each. Newscasts with a (B) are bilingual with split Japanese/English audio; a translation service would be hired to produce the English live translation of the newscast. I think this is still done today.

 

The primary source of these clips is from someone in the Kansai region of Japan so this series is heavy on Kansai regional outlets including ABC, KTV and MBS.

 

1989

News Station, 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJHDZ7kij4A The first report is on George H.W. Bush's inauguration and features reporter with a collage of newspaper clippings.

CNN Japan English Shower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-2kOyH8mI Program is a headlines/"let's learn English" program.

"615", 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p24MLGSHdsg

Another 1989 newscast, maybe a news brief?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyX5IYQU5ao

NHK 1989 with an 11:55 weather update and noon news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyFnPUt5Lus

KTV/FNN news, 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APfHuw9ExbY

NHK 6pm news, 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv_AQVbAFVQ The ultimate in austerity.

News Wave and News Wave Alpha programs, 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh1K0PNfkmg Story about "1.1.11" relates to postmarks, which in Japan bear the year of the emperor's reign. January 11, 1989.

ANN News Shuttle, July 1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QwaLS4GopU Space Shuttle in news open!

 

1990:

News brief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwc9JNOHhqo

 

1991:

TXN "This Evening", 1991: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwa4T6YOhvw Graphics remind me of WNYC.

NNN midday/regional news, 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6sqqijEhvU

A weather report, 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRaKQzjst8

NHK morning news, June 1, 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CQ_RvJ5p58

NNN newscast, June 2, 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xROxPnJcTbg

NNN News Plus 1, August 15, 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsp02_FHw8k (B) With news of remembrances of World War II dead.

 

1992:

KTV "Wide News", 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NR4vT_yD_o

NHK morning news, 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsFds4I3Rac

"Ohayo Asahi", 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txpwxzibI-w (Is that a studio in their TV tower?)

MBS news, 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcrfK55wj-Q

"ANN News Fresh", June 27, 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW4gBmh6AEk

 

1993:

TXN "This Evening", 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZl3zGAorM Did they really have to have a voice saying "Evening" in there?

FNN World Uplink, 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJSeCOofZfs The anchor coughs at 3:19!

FNN Newscom, 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4um7nziCK8c The set, the set, oh and that first commercial!

ANN News Fresh, 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUzWvtXR_WA Morning?

"EYE" news, 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L30ee9Qz90

NNN Sunday evening news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9vVvX_ZzWY (B)

KTV news, April 1993:

 

Other years:

NHK 11am news, June 8, 1994: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA9M4UyFKKY

"News Station", June 26, 1998: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXamzJK0Xzo

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Someone decided to post a neat montage of NHK's main evening newscast, NHK ニュース7 (NHK News 7). It's filled with opens and closes for the newscast from the 1960s to 2013; pretty cool stuff:

 

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Man, I love this stuff! ;)

 

I think Aomori is my favorite..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHmpQ04d5mI

 

5:00AM News on New Year's Day! ("Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu" is "Happy New Year"); then Good Morning Kansai looking at Nara; News Terrace Kansai from Osaka; news from Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Final clip: Close Up Gendai - NHK's nightly public affairs program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOaAr1fbJ34

 

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Man, I love this stuff! ;)

 

I think Aomori is my favorite..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHmpQ04d5mI

 

5:00AM News on New Year's Day! ("Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu" is "Happy New Year"); then Good Morning Kansai looking at Nara; News Terrace Kansai from Osaka; news from Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Final clip: Close Up Gendai - NHK's nightly public affairs program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOaAr1fbJ34

 

 

At 2:05 in the first video is "NHK BS Retto News" (Archipelago news). It's a regional news round-up with news from various NHK bureaus across Japan, similar to the UK's BBC's UK Today. It airs on NHK BS1. Unlike UK Today which airs just from the same news studio at BBC TV Centre every day, Retto news goes to a different NHK bureau across Japan each week. On the week this video was recorded they're broadcasting from NHK's Aomori's bureau. At 3:43 (the same video) is Hot Asia, also broadcast on NHK BS1. At 4:11 is the theme tune for NHK Sports. At 5:31 is an announcement regarding the temporary stoppage of overnight broadcasts on NHK General TV for technical maintenance. In case of emergency (such as earthquake or typhoon) they will start broadcasting again. They do this on certain weeks on certain regions. This is followed by the Japanese national anthem, a view of the earth with the NHK General TV logo and finally the NHK station callsign ident (in this case it's JOBK-DTV in Osaka where this video was recorded).

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World Business Satellite (TV Tokyo, October 2000; the opener of World Business Satellite is a bit surreal but interesting)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1sTHENrB3g

 

NHK News Ohayo Nippon [Good Morning Japan] at 5:00 am (NHK General TV, October 2000; the video before Ohayo Nippon is the last bit of NHK General TV's sign-on)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNcxEILhQ6E

 

NHK News 7 (NHK General TV via NHK BS 2; August 2002)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB-8tz55rDo

 

NHK BS Kisho Joho [NHK BS Weather] (NHK BS 1, 2005)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwEmf9OVXls

 

A weather forecast for the Akita prefecture as aired on ABS (a Nippon TV-affiliated TV station in Akita) in March 2008 during the morning show (includes other things such as commercials, some baseball news and horoscope). Also look at the top-left time banner which changes its design when the commercials start and when returning to the morning show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeMtPjVynuE

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Oh my goodness, they don't get stranger than this.

 

It's a program from October 18, 1989. The lead story is the Loma Prieta earthquake, but the open music is light and bubbly and the set has a huge Crayola crayon on it (!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJ4hJ6zkbY

 

Also, the "ABC News Report" from 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM_6UclZc3M

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Oh my goodness, they don't get stranger than this.

 

It's a program from October 18, 1989. The lead story is the Loma Prieta earthquake, but the open music is light and bubbly and the set has a huge Crayola crayon on it (!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJ4hJ6zkbY

 

Also, the "ABC News Report" from 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM_6UclZc3M

 

The name of the program in the first video is "Ohiru no my terebi" (お昼のマイテレビ)

(source: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%8A%E6%98%BC%E3%81%AE%E3%83%9E%E3%82%A4%E3%83%86%E3%83%AC%E3%83%93). It is produced by TV Asahi and is aired at 12 pm, competing with the other program called Waratte Iitomo (a variety show hosted by Tamori, Japanese entertainer) on Fuji TV. The program lasted for 6 months from October 1989 to March 1990. The second video has the "NR" letters at the start. Coincidentally that is the latter part of ABC's callsign which is JONR-TV.

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The name of the program in the first video is "Ohiru no my terebi" (お昼のマイテレビ)

(source: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%8A%E6%98%BC%E3%81%AE%E3%83%9E%E3%82%A4%E3%83%86%E3%83%AC%E3%83%93). It is produced by TV Asahi and is aired at 12 pm, competing with the other program called Waratte Iitomo (a variety show hosted by Tamori, Japanese entertainer) on Fuji TV. The program lasted for 6 months from October 1989 to March 1990.

 

OK, so it was a noon show and wasn't all news. Thanks for that explanation. But wow, it was Japanese-level weird there.

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NHK Morning Wide 6:00 am on November 3, 1989, followed by local news for Kinki (Kansai) area at 6:10 am and few minutes of "Nippon Retto Pickup" (Local news roundup) at 6:15 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmUBEc3YVys

 

Just an interesting note, that someone from Kansai that Raymie mentioned has a string of channels that have the "430" at the beginning, followed by any English word. The "someone" uploads the old videos he has or have newly recorded current videos and upload them closer to or on the date he recorded.

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The only missing NHK News 7 open from the late 80s has resurfaced thanks to our 430 connection. From December 16, 1989, and bilingual to boot (right audio channel). The headline: a Chinese plane hijacked over Shanghai and forced to land in Fukuoka.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJOGMBLH9FA

 

NHK News 7 wasn't called like that back then, it was just NHK News. They use the present NHK News 7 name in April 1993.

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Kansai 845 (local news for Kansai area at 8:45 pm; December 23, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MPN4JWreEQ

 

News Terrace Kansai (local news at 6:10 pm, December 26, 2014 [last ever News Terrace Kansai for the year 2014 before the new year of 2015; a goat appears because Japan also use the Chinese zodiac but use them as early as January rather than the Chinese New Year]

Includes some interviews, Kansai Focus (local news headline round-up in areas around Kansai), Kansai Sports, weather and some promos at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsAt5yvDQWE

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NHK Educational TV on the day earthquake and tsunami strikes east coast of Japan where the channel gives out safety information (安否情報) where it seems that the live announcer reads out safety messages from viewers sent to the broadcaster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXcxWMv_TtA

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