NHK provides public broadcast in Japan, although there are many other commercial broadcasting services. You must pay a receiving fee to watch NHK, whereas you can watch commercial broadcasting for free. This receiving fee varies depending on the type of contract. Terrestrial contract costs 2,620yen/2 months, and Satellite contract (including terrestrial contract) costs 4,560yen/2 months. There are three ways to make your payment: 1) money transfer from financial institutions (automatic transfer payment); 2) credit card payment; or 3) cash payment at a bank, post office, or convenience store with an invoice sent by NHK. Note that a prior application is required for activating your automatic payment and credit card payment service. For more information, contact NHK.
NHK Fukuoka (Tel: 724-2800, 1-1-10 Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
NHK Fureai Center (Tel: 0570-066-066, 050-3786-5000)
NHK Internet Sales and Marketing Center http://pid.nhk.or.jp/jushinryo/
Currently, there are 6 television broadcasting stations in Fukuoka. NHK provides 2 terrestrial broadcasts (General entertainment and Educational programs) and 3 satellite broadcasts (BS1, BS Premium), and 5 other commercial broadcasters provide terrestrial broadcasting. You may also watch TV programs provided by private satellite television broadcasters or cable television broadcasters, but they require receiving fee and the subscriptions. For details, please inquire with the broadcasters.
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- SKY PerfectTV
Some Japanese broadcasters’ news programs are provided in two languages, and they broadcast programs in English as a supplementary audio service. On the NHK satellite channel (BS1), bilingual programs, such as news digest from overseas, documentaries, sports, are available in two languages (Main: Japanese dubbed, Sub: original language). Currently each broadcaster often provides foreign movies and dramas in two languages (Main: dubbed, Sub: original language) or original language with Japanese subtitles. Programs with supplementary audio service can be watched with a TV with multiplex broadcast function.
Transitioning into Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting
As of July 24th, 2011, terrestrial analog television broadcasting ended in Japan and switched completely to terrestrial digital broadcasting.
For more information about terrestrial digital television broadcasting, visit the following website:
The Association for Promotion of Advanced Broadcasting Services
There are nine radio stations in Fukuoka (including NHK, Open University of Japan, and seven commercial stations) that broadcast on 11 different channels. Amongst them, Love FM (76.1MHz, http://www.lovefm.co.jp) broadcasts in multiple languages such as English, Chinese and Korean. It is also possible to listen to the radio through your personal computer or smartphone through IP Simultaneous Radio, "radiko.jp".
English newspapers published in Japan: The Japan Times, Asahi Weekly, New York Times Weekly Review (Asahi Shimbun), Mainichi Weekley (Mainichi Shimbun), and Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) are also available in Fukuoka City. Subscriptions cost between 3,000 and 5,000 yen per month, and they can be purchased individually at major hotels and bookstores.
Newspapers published in foreign countries are available to read for free at the Fukuoka City Public Library, Kokusai Hiroba, among other locations. There are several foreign language newspapers available to read for free at Rainbow Plaza.
- Japan News
- Asahi Weekly/New York Times Weekly Review
- The Japan Times
- Mainichi Weekly
- Nikkei Asian Review
- OVERSEAS COURIER SERVICE (OCS)
*Subscriptions to foreign newspapers and magazines
Free Publications in Foreign Languages in Fukuoka
“Rainbow”English, Chinese, and Korean Editions
The Fukuoka City International Foundation publishes a free newsletter in three different languages. Editions in each language are printed once every two months. The newsletter provides useful information on everyday life, upcoming sports and cultural events in Fukuoka, Japanese culture, sightseeing recommendations and much more. The newsletter is available at Rainbow Plaza, ward offices, major hotels, public facilities, and tourist information centers. It is also available at Fukuoka City International Foundation’s website at http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/ (PDF format), including the past issues.
“Kokusai Hiroba” Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean Editions
Published quarterly by Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation (FIEF), it provides readers with useful topics on international exchange and corporation, international volunteer activities, oversea exchange programs, and international exchange related subjects. It is available at “Kokusai Hiroba” (Tenjin, inside ACROS Bldg.), Rainbow Plaza and other places. It is available at FIEF’s website http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/english/ (PDF format), including past issues.
A free monthly magazine published in Fukuoka, with multilingual information, written primarily in English and Korean. It provides information on restaurants, shops, bars, traveling, events, and a city map. Available at restaurants, hotels, tourist information centers inside train stations, Kokusai Hiroba, Rainbow Plaza, and other places in the city. Recent issues are also available online at http://www.fukuoka-now.com.
There are one or more public libraries in each ward in Fukuoka City, and the Fukuoka City Public Library is the biggest. It has a selection of foreign newspapers and magazines, and also has a movie hall that seats 246 people (admission is charged) and a 50-seat mini theater (free admission) that show various films throughout the year. In addition, individual ward community centers have their own libraries linked to the Fukuoka City Public Library, and requesting, returning, and searching for books are available at any of those libraries.
- The Fukuoka City Public Library
Tel: 092-852-0600 (3-7-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka)
Access: 15-minute walk from Nishijin or Fujisaki subway station; 5-minute walk from “Fukuoka Tower Minamiguchi” or “Hakubutsukan Minamiguchi” bus stop.
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (until 19:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
*Some facilities (video gallery, etc.) will close an hour earlier.
Closed: Mondays (the following business day if Monday is a holiday), the last day of each month (or, if this falls on a Sat., Sun. or holiday, the first day, following the last day of the month, that is neither a Sat., Sun., Mon., nor a holiday), December 28 to January 4, and library reorganization period.
- Fukuoka Prefectural Library
Tel: 092-641-1123 (1-41-12 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka)
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit No. 1 at “Hakozakimiya-mae” subway station. By Nishitetsu Bus, 3-minute walk from “Hakozaki” bus stop or 7-minute walk from “Hakozakihama” bus stop.
Hours: 9:00-19:00 (until 17:00 on Sundays)
Closed: Mondays, inventory days (last day of the month except Saturday and Sunday), special inventory and filing periods, foundation anniversary (April 1), and the year-end and New Year holidays
Foreign publications (mainly English) can be found in large books stores in Fukuoka City, and there are some stores that specialize in Chinese publications. A collection of foreign books are also available at the Fukuoka City Public Library and Fukuoka Prefectural Library, as well as Rainbow Plaza’s Library Corner that has many English-language paperback books for lending.
- Shosai Livre
1F San Bldg, 4-1-18 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Mon.-Sat.: 10:00-20:00, Sun./Hols.: 10:00-18:00
Open every day
Media Mall Tenjin B1-4F, 1-10-13 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
- Kinbundo Tenjin
2-9-110 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
- Kinokuniya Fukuoka
Tel: 092-434-3100 (English service available)
Fukuoka Kotsu Center Bldg. 6F, 2-1 Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
- Maruzen Hakata
JR Hakata City 8F, 1-1 Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
- Sekibunkan Shintencho Arcade
2-8-215 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
9:00-21:30 (9:30-21:30 on Sundays and national holidays)
- Chugoku Shoten (Chinese bookstore)
5-23 Gofukumachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
9:30-18:30 (Saturdays until 18:00)
Closed on Sundays, national holidays, and 2nd & 4th Saturdays
- LIBRO Fukuoka Tenjin
7F, Iwataya Main Building, 2-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka