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The Japan Broadcasting Corporation[2] (Japanese: 日本放送協会, Hepburn: Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), also known as NHK, is a Japanese public broadcaster.[3] NHK, which has always been known by this romanized initialism in Japanese,[4][lower-alpha 1] is a statutory corporation funded by viewers' payments of a television license fee.

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Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai
TypeRadio, terrestrial television and satellite television broadcaster
AvailabilityNationwide and Worldwide
FoundedTokyo Broadcasting Station founded 29 November 1924; merged into Japan Broadcasting Corporation in 6 August 1926; implementation of Broadcasting Act in 1 June 1950
("Honest, seriousness")[1]
HeadquartersNHK Broadcasting Center, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (35°39′54″N 139°41′45″E)
Broadcast area
OwnerGovernment of Japan (statutory corporation chartered under the Broadcasting Act of 1950)
Key people
Launch date
March 1925 (radio)
November 1950 (February 1953) (television)
Former names
Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya Broadcasting Station (1925–1926)
Picture format
1080i (HDTV)
2160p 4K UHD (NHK BS4K)
4320p 8K UHD (NHK BS8K)
Callsign meaning
Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai
Official website

NHK operates two terrestrial television channels (NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV), four satellite television channels (NHK BS1 and NHK BS Premium; as well as two ultra-high-definition television channels, NHK BS4K and NHK BS8K), and three radio networks (NHK Radio 1, NHK Radio 2, and NHK FM).

NHK also provides an international broadcasting service, known as NHK World-Japan. NHK World-Japan is composed of NHK World TV, NHK World Premium, and the shortwave radio service Radio Japan (RJ). World Radio Japan also makes some of its programs available on the Internet.

NHK was the first broadcaster in the world to broadcast in high-definition (using multiple sub-Nyquist sampling encoding, also known as Hi-Vision) and in 8K.[5]