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Watching television is very popular in Japan and is as integrated into everyday life as it is in many western countries.

In Tokyo one can receive five private and two national NHK channels over the air, while other parts of the country may be able to receive fewer channels. These days, satellite and cable television are becoming more popular.

The concepts of many Japanese shows are very original, with variety shows, dramas, news, sports programs and trivia shows as the most popular types. Furthermore, many shows contain an educational component concerning nature, history, science, or other cultures. It is not uncommon that the most popular entertainers appear during prime time in rather scientific programs on commercial channels.

"Wide Shows" are programs for housewives and are broadcasted during the whole morning and afternoon on various channels. They offer a variety of topics like fashion, celebrity news, etc.

Imported movies and television series are mostly broadcasted on pay TV channels. Many can be watched in either Japanese or their original language. A few news programs are broadcasted in Japanese and English as well, although some older televisions do not have the bilingual feature needed to watch them in English.

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English Links
A Partial Guide to Broadcastings in Japan (The Web Kanzaki)
General information about television in Japan.
TV stations:
TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
NTV (Nippon Television Network)
Fuji Television
TV Tokyo
WOWOW
NHK World
International NHK television and radio station.
SKY PerfectTV
Satellite TV provider.
TV Japan
Japanese Pay TV service for North America.

Japanese Links
Internet TV Guide Japan
Current program listings.
NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai)
TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
NTV (Nippon Television Network)
TV Asahi
Fuji TV
TV Tokyo
Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Kansai Telecasting Corporation
WOWOW
Sky PerfecTV
Satellite TV provider.
TV Japan
Japanese Pay TV service for North America.

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