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Fuji TV to produce a spinoff of "A Girl & Three Sweethearts" in Taiwan
starring Shuhei Nomura with all-star Taiwanese cast

Taiwanese Actress Sylvia Wang and Lead Actor Shuhei Nomura

Fuji Television is thrilled to announce the production of a special spinoff of its hit romantic comedy series "A Girl & Three Sweethearts" in Taiwan. Since its first broadcast in July, the series has been wildly popular in Japan, but it is also gaining overwhelming popularity in South Korea, Hong Kong, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. Titled "心有所屬" ("A Girl & Three Sweethearts in Taiwan" (English working title), the spinoff is a co-production between Fuji Television and Comic Productions, a Taiwanese production company behind many hit shows, and is shot entirely in Taiwan. As a commemorative project for the channel launch of WAKUWAKU JAPAN in Taiwan on September 1, the spinoff is set to be broadcast on WAKUWAKU JAPAN in Taiwan along with the main series. Furthermore, it will be streamed exclusively on Fuji TV's video streaming service Fuji TV On Demand in Japan, beginning in mid-November.

In this spinoff, a Japanese actor Shuhei Nomura who speaks fluent Mandarin takes the leading role of Toma, the youngest of the three Shibasaki brothers and the same character he plays in the main series. The spinoff also features a star-studded cast of today's top Taiwanese actors and idols including Sylvia Wang, Teddy (of SpeXial), Ting (of A'N'D), and David Chiu.

With the upcoming broadcast in Taiwan, Fuji Television hopes that the spinoff, along with the main series, will draw a wider audience and attract new fans.

Set in a seaside town in Taiwan, Fey is an ordinary 20-year-old girl who works as a waitress at a local restaurant. She secretly has a little crush on the restaurant's 27-year-old owner-chef Tony. She was enjoying the summer days hanging out with her best friend Lulu and Tetsu, a friend from work. Then one day, Fey meets a 21-year-old Japanese guy named Toma on the beach. Immediately following their encounter, Toma tells Fey that he is in love with her. Fey is completely astounded at first, but…

Lead actor Shuhei Nomura says, "I promise to do my very best to create a great drama that the audience in Taiwan will enjoy, so please look forward to it."

Satoshi Kubota, Fuji TV producer of Worldwide Production and Sales in International Department, shares, "I am very excited that Japan's Getsuku drama is reaching beyond its shore and expanding in Asia, and continues to further broadening its world. Please look forward to the new "tide" of dramas that transcends borders and languages."

Ryota Fujino, Fuji TV Producer of Drama Production in Programming Department, commented that "I've had several opportunies to work in Taiwan in the past, so I've always felt a close connection with this wonderful country, so I'm extremely happy to be able to make this drama in Taiwan. As a creator, there's nothing more gratifying if this drama would be any help for connecting Taiwan and Japan."

 心有所屬(Chinese Title) / A Girl & Three Sweethearts in Taiwan (English working title)
■Broadcast Date
 Mid-November, 2016
■Streaming Date
 Mid-November, 2016 (Through Fuji TV On Demand)
 Shuhei Nomura, Sylvia Wang, Teddy (of SpeXial), David Chiu, Ting
 Haruka Okita
 Satoshi Kubota (Worldwide Production and Sales, International Department of Fuji TV)
 Ryota Fujino (Drama Production, Production Department, Fuji TV)

WAKUWAKU JAPAN is an entertainment channel which delivers a selection of popular Japanese programs, airing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with localized subtitles. In addition to four countries--Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand--, WAKUWAKU JAPAN has been officially launched in Taiwan on September 1, 2016, on five platforms including cable TV and IPTV. (Number of possible viewers and household: Approximately 4.7 million viewers (1.7 million households).

Based in Taiwan, COMIC PRODUCTION is an acclaimed production company behind many popular romance TV shows, including the Taiwanese versions of "Boys over Flowers" and "Mischievous Kiss."


Fuji TV footage to serve as reference for restoring quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle

We are delighted to announce that the drone footage from the Fuji TV-produced in-flight video program "SKY EYE – Message from the Sky" shot in 2013 serve as reference for restoration work on quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle.

The 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle suffered extensive damage by a series of powerful earthquakes that hit central Kyushu beginning on April 14, 2016. Work to repair collapsed stone walls, the tenshukaku (castle keep), and other damaged properties which are state-designated cultural assets, is now underway. As part of this initiative, Fuji TV's footage of the before-quake Kumamoto Castle captured using a remote-controlled drone has been entrusted to the team of restoration experts to serve as an important reference material to restore the historic castle back to its earlier grandeur and appearance.

Kiyoshi Hirai, an expert on, historical architecture commented that these aerial footage vividly captures rare close-up details and high-angle shots of the castle when it still had all of its structure intact, therefore it is extremely helpful in the long restoration process that lie ahead.

Aerial footage of Kumamoto Castle before the quake

Footage of Kumamoto Castle captured by drone in 2013


Fuji TV signs strategic partnership agreement with
KKBOX Group to offer online streaming of its video content in Taiwan

"The Single Teacher Miss Hayako"

Fuji Television Network, Inc. (hereafter Fuji TV) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a strategic partnership with KKTV Co., Ltd. (hereafter KKTV), the first OTT video service introduced by Asia's top music streaming service provider KKBOX Group, to launch streaming of a variety of its dramas and variety shows in Taiwan, where demand for Japanese content is particularly high.

Since 2013, Fuji TV has been proactively providing many of its dramas via online VOD streaming services in North America, Central and South America, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Through this strategic partnership with KKTV, Fuji TV aims to further increase popularity and expand distribution of its content in Taiwan where it already enjoys a strong fan base.

KKTV was established in Taiwan in 2016 by KKBOX, an affiliate of KDDI. This new service is targeted towards the already-existing subscribers of KKBOX' streaming music service as well as younger generations of viewers who are accustomed to watching video content online.

Under the new partnership, Fuji TV will provide an array of its hit dramas from the past, including the recently-aired "The Single Teacher Miss Hayako" (series aired April to June 2016) and one of its brand-new original drama for the summer season "Natsuko Kira," which premieres on Thursday, July 21.

Comments from Fuji TV and KKTV executives and additional information


Fuji TV hosts 44th International Emmy® Awards semi-final round of judging

International Emmy® Awards Semi-Final Round of Judging @ Fuji TV

Fuji Television is proud to announce another successful semi-final round of judging of the International Emmys that took place at its main headquarters on June 30th, 2016. This is Fuji TV’s fourth consecutive year to host the prestigious event, this year for the drama series category.

A selected panel of 12 TV experts from 4 countries and 2 regions, consisting of industry elites in Asia, viewed and critiqued 8 drama entries. It took the panel 8 hours of intensive judging to evaluate the selected dramas, followed by a dinner party at the Ristorante Mangiare Odaiba, a beautiful Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the majestic night view of Tokyo’s city lights.

The final round and the announcement of nominees for each category will take place in September this year. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will reveal the winners during the 44th Annual International Emmy® Awards presentation in New York come November.

Comments from the jurors and additional information


Fuji Network to set up disaster relief charity for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

Fuji Network has set up a disaster relief charity SAZAE-SAN BOKIN asking everyone to contribute and extend support to those affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Monetary donations will be accepted until May 31, 2016, and all contirbutions will be sent to the earthquake victims via the Japanese Red Cross Society. Your help is deeply appreciated!

For more details about SAZAE-SAN BOKIN


“The Scales of Death” receives Rockie Award Nomination at BANFF

"The Scales of Death"

Fuji TV’s original web animation series, “The Scales of Death” has been nominated for a Rockie Award in the Animation Category of this year’s Banff World Media Festival (BANFF). The Rockie Awards is the flagship program competition of BANFF that celebrates excellence in TV and digital content from around the world. This year, the nominees were selected by over 350 entertainment and media industry professionals from around the world with submissions that spanned more than 40 countries.
“The Scales of Death” is a short animation series that was released on Fuji TV’s On-Demand platform last summer in 2015. Set in modern times, the story follows the life of an anonymous assassin with special psychokinetic powers on his journey to complete his mission.

"The Scales of Death" On-Demand Official Website:
http://fod.fujitv.co.jp/s/genre/anime/ser5263 (Japanese)

For the full list of BANFF Rockie Award nominees, please visit:

For additional information about BANFF:


“Desperate Working Mothers of Tokyo: The Ultimate Decision” and “PSYCHO-PASS 2” win Silver World Medals at this year’s New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards.

It is our great pleasure to announce that Fuji TV's documentary program "Desperate Working Mothers of Tokyo: The Ultimate Decision" and animation program "PSYCHO-PASS 2" were honored with Silver World Medals at this year's New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards.

Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards is one of the world's finest Television and Films competition that honors programming of all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Each year, the competition is judged by award winning directors, producers, writers, actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe who review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media.

At this year's competition, Fuji TV has been awarded a total of five prizes including two Silver World Medals and three Finalist Certificates. Below are the full list of our finalists and winners:

-Silver World Medal-
"Desperate Working Mothers of Tokyo: The Ultimate Decision"(Social Issues)
"PSYCHO-PASS 2"(Animated Program)

-Finalist Certificate-
"The Nonfiction: Tears of a Thief"(Biography/Profiles)
"Dating: What's it like to be in love?"(Drama)
"Typhoon Noruda"(Short Films)

For further information on awards received in the past, please refer to the link below:

For more information on the New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards, visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/

Silver World Medal Awarded Programs

At the Awards Ceremony


Fuji TV to launch a large-scale project PARA☆DO to further promote para-sports

PARA☆DO Project

Fuji TV newly launches a large-scale, cross-platform project entitled PARA☆DO! to expand promotion of para-sports and broaden the appeal of para-athletes. The project employs diverse media mediums including TV shows, events, the Internet, and social platforms.

1. TV shows:
A regular TV show devoted to para-sports "PARA☆DO" will start airing on Fuji TV on Wednesday, April 13. (every Wednesdays at 22:54 to 23:00, Kanto region only). A sports news program "Sports LIFE HERO'S" (aired on Saturdays at 24:35 to 25:15 and Sundays at 23:15 to 24:30) will also feature in-depth coverage of para-athletes. Additionally, various other non-sports programs will include para-sports related topics to boost exposure and generate more excitement for the sports.

2. Events:
With the support from The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, seminars on para-sports will be held every month where industry experts and players engaged in para-sports are invited to give talks. The monthly seminar will provide the public with an opportunity to interact with para-athletes and help them to become more familiar with para-sports.

3. The Internet media and social platforms:
Launched on April 8, PARA☆DO Portal Site serves as the hub for all information related to PARA☆DO Project. Moreover, latest information on para-sports events and competitions is provided regularly on official Twitter and Facebook accounts of this portal and through official LINE account of "Sports LIFE HERO'S" as well. These social media outlets also enable to connect para-sports between fans and users.

Please stay tuned and look forward to further exciting development of PARADA☆DO Project going forward!

-PARA☆DO Portal Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/sports/parado/index.html
-Twitter Account: @fujitv_parado
-Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/fujitvparado/


Fuji TV Launches the First Data Broadcasting Service for Natural Disaster Information in English

Fuji Television Network, Inc. (Fuji TV) has announced that it has launched a data broadcasting service for earthquake and tsunami information in English, starting from March 31, 2016.

Fuji TV provides viewers with useful information around their daily lives on TV screen via non-linked data broadcasting service. (The information can be displayed on screen anytime by clicking on the d-button of a TV remote control.) The information available includes current news, traffic reports, weather forecasts, as well as supplementary information that are closely tied to the on-air programs. Along with these contents, Fuji TV also offers real-time disaster information on tsunamis and earthquakes of over level 3 on the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale. However, these disaster-related information were displayed only in Japanese, therefore they were not understandable to non-Japanese speakers. With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics coming in 2020 and the current trend, the number of foreign tourists and residents in Japan is expected to increase even more. Under such prospects, Fuji TV has started offering earthquake and tsunami information in English via its data broadcasting service in an effort to help improve safety of non-Japanese speakers.

Fuji TV began making preparation since the summer of 2014 and achieved development and implementation of an automatic real-time translation system of disaster-related information announced by Japan Meteorological Agency. Fuji TV aims to offer this service in languages other than English in the future and will strive to further improve its quality.

Following disaster-related information is available in English:

When an earthquake of level 3 or above on the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale of 7 has occurred:
-Regions with earthquakes of level 3 or above on the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale of 7
-Map with the epicenter and the intensity level of the earthquake
-Information archive for the latest earthquake

When tsunami advisory/tsunami warning/large tsunami warning is issued:
-Tsunami Advisory/Tsunami Warning/Large Tsunami Warning
-Regions with possible risks of tsunami, estimated arrival times and wave heights
-Arrival times and wave heights of tsunami

*Note: This service is currently available only in the broadcasting area of Fuji TV, which includes seven prefectures of the Kanto region (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa).

Main Screen for Disaster Information

Earthquake Information


Fuji Media Holdings and Fuji TV to establish its new game company Fuji Games in April

Press conference announcing the establishment of Fuji Games

We are thrilled to announce that Fuji Media Holdings and Fuji TV will establish a new company on April 1 by spinning off its game business unit through a simple incorporation-type separation.

Fuji&gumi Games (hereafter FgG), a joint venture between gumi Inc. and Fuji Startup Ventures to develop mixed-media online mobile games, has been the core of Fuji TV's game business. Since its establishment, FgG has produced several popular titles including the smash “Phantom of Kill” and “For Whom the Alchemist Exists." Moreover, its newest and much-anticipated large-scale title "Shinobi Nightmare" is soon to be released.

By establishing the new company, the group aims to further expand its business in the rapidly growing game market and to recruit creators and collaborate with third parties in a bid to enhance its capacity to compete and thrive in the global market.


Fuji TV's noitaminA Series to be Streamed Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

Fuji TV is delighted to announce that Fuji TV has signed a deal with Amazon to exclusively stream all of its new series from Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot starting April 2016. Through this deal, each week's new episode of noitaminA series will be exclusively streamed on Amazon Prime Video at 3:00 a.m. on Fridays, immediately after the episode is aired on terrestrial on Fuji TV. Additionally, the first episodes of new series of noitaminA will stream on Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday at midnight (Thursday 00:00 ), a full day before they air on Fuji TV. The streaming service is set to launch on April 7, starting with "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress." This is the first time for a Japanese television broadcaster to stream content outside of Japan through Amazon. Through streaming noitaminA series almost simultaneously on Amazon Prime Video, Fuji TV aims to reach wider national and overseas audiences and further boost its brand name in the market.

noitaminA is a Fuji TV's late-night programming block that was created to appeal to a wider target audience than the typical young male anime demographic. The shows on noitaminA block have been delivering high quality animations for over 11 years since its start in 2005.


Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Our Little Sister" wins four awards at this year's Japan Academy Prize

"Our Little Sister"

The 39th annual Japan Academy Prize awards ceremony was held in Tokyo on March 4, 2016. Internationally acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda's lovingly-crafted family film "Our Little Sister" took home the prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, as well as Best Lighting Direction. The film has also garnered Award of Excellence in 12 categories at this year's Japan Academy, the most of any work. Congratulations to the entire cast, production team and director for this fabulous achivement!

OUR LITTLE SISTER: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/m_15_07.html


Fuji TV to broadcast all sessions of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship™ on its CS channel FUJI TV NEXT Live Premium

Fuji TV has secured the broadcast rights to the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship™. All 21 races of the 2016 Formula One season (as of Jan. 18, 2016) from Friday free practice sessions to the final round will be broadcast live on Fuji TV's CS channel FUJI TV NEXT Live Premium. Coverage of the 2016 season will start from the season opener in Australia on March 18 and end at the final race in Abu Dhabi in November.


Praised at various national and international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, and San Sebastian, "Our Little Sister" garners 31 awards in Total (as of Jan. 21, 2016)

Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, "Our Little Sister" is a charming intimate film about family bond and female independence, starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose. Since its premiere on June 13, 2015, the film has attracted wide attention for its deeply touching story, cinematography of beautiful scenery of Kamakura, and stunning performance by the leading actresses. It quickly became a tremendous hit, grossing over 1.65 billion yen at the box office; while it also received widespread acclaim among critics around the world. The film has been subsequently invited to prestigious film festivals, including the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, and the 63rd annual San Sebastian Film Festival.

On top of its global success, "Our Little Sister" has also been lapping up awards and garnering acclaim around the country. Sweeping 12 nominations and 13 awards at this year's Japan Academy Prize (annouced on Jan. 18) as well as two awards at the Mainichi Film Award (Jan 21), the film has so far won over 31festival awards in total.

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Comment:
The shooting of this film was an amazing experience all around with truly wonderful cast and crew members—and it's still ongoing as the film has received numerous recognitions and awards in Japan and around the world. I'm ever so grateful.

OUR LITTLE SISTER: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/m_15_07.html

The 7th Tama Film Awards (Nov. 21, 2015)
-Best Film
-Best Leading Actress Award (Haruka Ayase)
-Best Newcomer Actress Award (Suzu Hirose)

The 39th Fumiko Yamaji Film Award (Nov. 27, 2015)
-Best Film
-Best Newcomer Actress Award (Suzu Hirose)

The 40th Hochi Film Award (Dec. 16, 2015)
-Best Newcomer

The 28th Nikkan Sports Film Award (Dec. 28, 2015)
-Best Actress (Haruka Ayase)
-Best Supporting Actress (Masami Nagasawa)
-New Face Award (Suzu Hirose)

The 37th Yokohama Film Festival (Feb. 7, 2016)
-Best Film
-Best Director (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
-Best Cinematography (Mikiya Takemoto)
-Best Leading Actress (Haruka Ayase)
-Best Newcomer Actress (Suzu Hirose)

The 89th Kinema Junpo Awards (Feb. 13, 2016)
-Best Newcomer (Suzu Hirose)

The 70th Mainichi Film Award (Feb. 16, 2016)
-Best Actress (Haruka Ayase)
-Best Supporting Actress (Masami Nagasawa)

The 39th Japan Academy Prize (*Nomination – Award Ceremony and winners announcement on Mar. 4, 2016)
-Picture of the Year
-Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Haruka Ayase)
-Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Kaho, Masami Nagasawa)
-Newcomer of the Year (Suzu Hirose)
-Director of the Year (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
-Screenplay of the Year (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
-Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
-Outstanding Achievement in Music (Yoko Sugano)
-Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Mikiya Takimoto)
-Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Norikiyo Fujii)
-Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Keiko Mitsumatsu)
-Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Yutaka Tsurumaki)

Japan Film Pen Club (*Nomination – Winners Announcement on Mar. 15)
-Best Japanese Film


Fuji TV receives double recognition at the Lumiere Japan Awards 2015

The Advanced Imaging Society Lumiere Japan Awards (Lumiere Japan) took place on December 10. Fuji TV's original programs "Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" was awarded Grand Prix and "Tokyo Idol Festival 2014" received Special Award in the 4K category.

"Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" introduces to viewers Gunkanjima’s nostalgic past through photos and video, comparing it to its state in the present, as well as the stories behind life on the island and in the coal mines utilizing forefront technology of drones and computer graphics in full HD 4K video.

"Tokyo Idol Festival 2014" is a live-concert performance video of the Tokyo Idol Festival 2014 featuring 138 idol groups on stage with over 41,000 fans in attendance. Shot entirely in 4K UHD resolution, the program vividly delivers the experience, the excitement, and emotions of a live concert straight to the viewers.

【Advanced Imaging Society Lumiere Japan Awards】
Advanced Imaging Society Lumiere Japan Awards (Lumiere Japan) is commendation activities by AIS-J. Lumiere Japan has been promoted since 2011 in order to increase and improve advanced image content by commending outstanding works in Japan.
・Official website: http://www.i3ds.jp/award/award2015.html


Fuji TV-produced 4K documentary program "Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" receives the top award at the 4K Tokushima Movie Festival 2015 in Kamiyama

We are thrilled to announce that "Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" has been awarded the top prize at the 4K Tokushima Movie Festival 2015 in Kamiyama. The award ceremony took place on the last day of the Festival on December 5.

In July 2015, Gunkanjima, or the island of Hashima was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site among the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution. "Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" introduces to viewers Gunkanjima’s nostalgic past through photos and video, comparing it to its state in the present, as well as the stories behind life on the island and in the coal mines utilizing forefront technology of drones and computer graphics in full HD 4K video.

A total of 60 programs were submitted to this year's competition and 20 finalists were nominated. Among them, "Gunkanjima -The Abandoned Island Frozen in Time-" received the highest acclaim and won first place at this film/video festival for 4K content.


Fuji Television and Shanghai Media Group Pictures form a strategic partnership to remake a slate of Fuji TV dramas

Fuji Television (Fuji TV) and Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) announced a strategic partnership agreement aimed at co-developing five Fuji TV-produced dramas, including the hit series "Dating: What it's like to be in love?"

Under this deal, the two companies will co-develop remake of Fuji TV drama series which would be jointly commissioned by Fuji TV and SMG Pictures for broadcast in China. The agreement also includes rights to remake the drama into a film.

Fuji TV sees this strategic partnership will help accelerate its global expansion in China and enable it to showcase its top quality dramas to Chinese viewers, especially the young audience.


20th Asian Television Awards Nomination

We are excited to share that 5 of our programs have been nominated for this year's Asian Television Awards. They are “HERO 2014” for Best Drama Series, “Mysterious Summer” for Best Digital Fiction & Non-Fiction Programme, “Psycho-Pass 2” “Nobunaga Concerto: The Anime” and “Terror in Resonance” for Best 2D Animated Programme.
The final winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held at Suntec City, Singapore on December 2 and 3.

For the full list of ATA nominees, please check out:


Fuji TV Dramas Awarded at the 2015 Tokyo Drama Awards

The prize-awarding ceremony of the International Drama Festival in Tokyo, Tokyo Drama Awards, took place on Wednesday, October 21. We proudly announce that four of our dramas received awards in the following categories.

The Grand Prix Single Drama: Murder on the Orient Express (Jan. 11 & 12, 2015)

Best Drama (Series Drama): Dating ~What's it like to be in love? (Winter 2015)

J Series Award: Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo (Nov. 2014—Apr. 2015)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Yo Yoshida from HERO 2014 (Summer 2014)

Tokyo Drama Awards


“Battle for Money: Return of the Dinosaurs” receives International Emmy® Kids Awards nomination

On October 2, the nominees for this year’s International Emmy® Kids Awards were announced at MIPCOM in Cannes. There are 24 nominees in 6 categories and Fuji TV’s “Battle for Money: Return of the Dinosaurs” has been nominated in the Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment category. The “Battle for Money” game show series is the ultimate survival game in which players defeat one another using "battle balls" to fight over winnings within a limited game area under a designated amount of time. When time is up, only the sole survivor can claim the final winnings. In “Battle for Money: Return of the Dinosaurs,” 9 pairs of 18 players take part in the challenging game, set up within the town of Edo. Dinosaurs are an additional obstacle to the game as players struggle to keep alive throughout the grand 100 minute game.

The winners will be announced at the 4th International Emmy® Kids Awards, to be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at MIPTV in Cannes, France.

For the complete list of nominees, please go to The International Emmy® Awards Official Website:

“Battle for Money” Official Website:
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/sentochu/top.html (Japanese)


Fuji TV Presents Special Themed Illuminations in Awareness Colors: The Iconic Building Turns Pink on October 1 for Breast Cancer Awareness

With the goal to spread a positive message across the world and in effort to further promote the Tokyo Bay area, Fuji TV presents a series of special-themed GLITTER8 illuminations in support of various nationwide/worldwide awareness campaigns.

On October 1, our headquarters building will be illuminated in a glow of pink, the breast cancer awareness color, in recognition of the first day of Pink Ribbon Month.

Fuji TV's "GLITTER8" Special-themed Illumination Schedule for 2015

October 1: Pink -- the first day of Pink Ribbon Month (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
October 16: Green -- Green Ribbon Day, a campaign to promote organ/tissue donor awareness
November 1: Orange -- The first day of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
November 12: Purple -- The first day of a week-long campaign to raise awareness and stop violence against women
December 1: Red -- World AIDS Day


The 27th Praemium Imperiale Winners and the Grant for Young Artists Announced

The winners of the 27th Praemium Imperiale were announced in Berlin, Rome, New York, London, Paris and Tokyo by the Japan Art Association on Thursday, September 10. The names of the winners are as follows:

Painting Category: Tadanori Yokoo (Japan)
Sculpture Category: Wolfgang Laib (Germany)
Architecture Category: Dominique Perrault (France)
Music Category: Mitsuko Uchida (The United Kingdom)
Theatre/Film Category: Sylvie Guillem (France)
2015 Grant for Young Artists: The Yangon Film School (Myanmar / Headquarters: Berlin, Germany).

The Praemium Imperiale is an annual award given by the Japan Art Association for global achievement in the arts. Since its beginning in 1989, the award has become a mark of the highest international distinction. The awards ceremony will be held at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo, in the presence of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachi on October 21, 2015.

Official Website:


Fuji TV Announcer Daijiro Enami Appointed as "Thai VJ (Visit Japan) Sightseeing Envoy": Appointment Ceremony Scheduled on August 15

Fuji TV Announcer Daijiro Enami has been officially appointed as "Thai VJ (Visit Japan) Sightseeing Envoy" by the commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency. The appointment ceremony will take place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

Comment from Daijiro Enami:
I'm truly humbled and honored to have been chosen for this coveted role. In recent years, the numbers of visitors from Thailand to Japan have been growing dramatically due to the deregulation of tourist visas. I aspire to broaden my knowledge and deepen my understanding about Japan to show the beauty of our country to people in Thailand. In doing so, I sincerely hope to contribute to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between Thailand and Japan.


"Hirugao -Love Affairs in the Afternoon-" will be adapted into Webtoon: Its distribution will begin in September, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our original drama series "Hirugao -Love Affairs in the Afternoon-" is now adapted into a “webtoon” (“web” + “cartoon”) and distributed through Lezhin Comics, a webtoon platform operated by Korea's leading web comics company, Lezhin Entertainment.

Starring Aya Ueto, "Hirugao -Love Affairs in the Afternoon-" aired on Fuji TV last summer. The series was a huge hit because of its provocative and moving storyline as well as its visual aesthetics. To this date, "HIRUGAO" has been broadcast/distributed in 193 countries, primarily in Asia and throughout the world.

The webtoon version of "HIRUGAO" is set for distribution starting on September 1, 2015, with 50 episodes in total.

"Hirugao -Love Affairs in the Afternoon-" : http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_14_18.html


Fuji Television and Netflix team up to produce original content, starting with the new season of Terrace House and a drama serial Atelier which are set for distribution upon commencement of Netflix’s service in Japan

Fuji Television has decided to produce and provide original content to Netflix U.S., the world’s leading internet television network that boasts a membership of approximately 62 million subscribers in 50 countries. There will be two productions: a new series of Terrace House, called Terrace House New Season Coming (tentative title), and drama serial Atelier (Japanese Title; Underwear). In addition, both productions will be forerunners in being broadcast for distribution to exclusively premiere on Netflix globally. This international distribution of Fuji Television content using the world-wide Netflix service increases the opportunity for people across the globe to view Fuji Television content, and is a momentous opportunity to boost Fuji Television branding. The credit of “Fuji Television presents” will be seen together with Netflix’s logo in global distributions. Both series are scheduled to be distributed on Fuji TV On Demand (FOD), a video and comic distribution service, in addition to broadcast television, after their initial exclusive distribution on Netflix.

Fuji Television hopes that this content will be able to utilize the strategic expansion of its content that has used the “4M” media, i.e., broadcast television, BS, CS, and the internet, which has been spelled out in previous plans.

Greg Peters (President, Japan Netflix K.K.)
“Netflix will commence its service in Japan this fall. We feel that Japanese content is paramount in order for all of Japan to enjoy our service. We are extremely happy that we can be involved in providing original series in Japan with Fuji Television, which has an established reputation in producing content that is especially popular with young people. We believe in our vision of “Connecting the world through amazing stories” and will continue to concentrate our efforts on producing amazing content. We hope to use the opportunities from this project to transmit Japan’s amazing content to our customers in Japan and across the globe.”

Toru Ota (Senior Executive Managing Director, Fuji Television Network, Inc.)
“With the launch of Netflix in Japan, Fuji TV has decided to produce and provide the first-ever Japanese original content on Netflix. We have taken this bold initiative as we firmly believe it is a meaningful and significant endeavor in the context of the future of the television business. Even with the evolution of infrastructure and devices, we believe the most important factor in the end is the level of capability in content production. These two new shows will allow us to demonstrate to the world the high quality of our content and production standard. There are many areas where we feel the same as Netflix, including being proactive in producing original shows, such as House of Cards, and attitudes regarding handling of content. These are just some of the reasons behind our decision to undertake this project.”

【Content Outline】
Distribution commencement date: Scheduled for this fall
Number of episodes: 18 (TBD)
-Programming Planning: Dai Ota (Fuji Television)
-Chief Producer: Ayaka Matsumoto (East Entertainment)
-Producer: Yasunori Suzuki (East Entertainment)
-Director: Masato Maeda (East Entertainment)
Production & Copyright: Fuji Television Network, Inc./East Entertainment
Official Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/terrace-house

Title: Atelier (Japanese Title; Underwear)
Distribution commencement date: Scheduled for this fall
Number of episodes: 13 (TBD)
-Screenplay: Adachi Naoko (Rich Man, Poor Woman; Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu)
-Director: Ryuta Ogata (Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, The Metropolitan Police    Missing Person Investigation Section)
-Music: Tim Wynn (Fuji Television NEXT, Tokyo Control; Lucky Seven)
-Producer: Daisuke Sekiguchi (SP; Rich Man, Poor Woman)
Production: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Production cooperation: FILM

【Company Outline】
Netflix K.K.
Company name: Netflix K.K.
Representative: Greg Peters, General Manager
Head office address: 3-11-13, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Established: July24, 2014
URL: http://www.netflix.com

Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Company name: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Representative: Chihiro Kameyama, President and COO
Head office address: 2-4-8, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 137-8088
Established: October 1, 2008 (following an incorporation-type company split)
URL: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/


Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film “Our Little Sister” has been selected for Competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film, “Our Little Sister” (Japanese title: Umimachi Diary), which premieres on June 13, 2015, has been officially selected as one of the competition titles for the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The film will compete in the festival's most prestigious award, the Palme d'Or. It is Mr. Kore-eda's fourth film to be shown in competition and two years since his last film “Like Father, Like Son” which won the Jury Prize at the festival in 2013.

Based on Akimi Yoshida's awards-winning manga “Umimachi Diary,” the film chronicles four seasons of the three sisters (Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho) in their 20s who live together in Kamakura, and are joined by their 14-year-old half sister (Suzu Hirose) after their father dies.

Please follow the link below for more information (Japanese only): http://www.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2015/150417-130.html

Our Little Sister: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/m_15_07.html


“HERO 2014” and “Shedding New Light: Three Years After the Giant Tsunami” win Bronze World Medals at the New York Festivals

It is our great pleasure to announce that Fuji TV’s serial drama “HERO 2014” (Broadcast in Summer 2014) and special documentary program “Shedding New Light: Three Years After the Giant Tsunami” (Broadcast on March 9, 2014) have received the Bronze World Medals at the 2015 New York Festivals.

Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals is one of the world’s finest Television and Films competition that honors programming of all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Each year, the competition is judged by award winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe who review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media.

Fuji TV has been awarded a total of 7 prizes including 2 Bronze Medals and 5 Finalist Certificates at this year’s competition. Below are the full list of our finalists and winners:

-Bronze World Medal-
“HERO 2014” (Drama)
“Shedding New Light: Three Years After the Giant Tsunami” (Human Concerns Category)

-Finalist Certificate-
“KANZABURO: The Kabuki Spirit Lives on” (Biography/Profiles)
“NONFIX: Tokyo Wonder Planet” (Cultural Issues)
“The Crash -Reinvestigating JAL Flight 123's Tragic End-“ (Docudrama)
“Legal High!! 2” (Drama)
“Mysterious Summer” (Online Drama Program)

This marks Fuji TV’s 9th win at the New York Festivals since 2003 and 8th consecutive win since 2008.

For further information on awards received in the past, please refer to the link below:

For more information on New York Festivals, visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/


Fuji TV's Weekday Afternoon Infotainment & News Program Kickoff Event for the Press and Media

The theme for Fuji TV’s April programming renewal is “LIFE is LIVE.”

Returning to our roots as a broadcaster, we will make a significant change in our programming this spring. One of the biggest changes is the launch of 2 new weekday afternoon live infotainment & news programs which will premiere on Monday, March, 30 – “Afternoon Live Goody!” aired from 1:55pm to 3:50pm and “Minna no News” (Japanese original title) aired from 3:50pm to 7pm.

A program kickoff event for the press was hosted yesterday at Fuji TV headquarters. At the event, Yuko Ando and Katsumi Takahashi., the MCs of “Afternoon Live Goody!”, and Fuji TV announcers, Toshihiro Ito, Yoko Shono, and Keiko Tsubakihara, the main news presenters of “Minna no News” all made comments with great enthusiasm.

Come this April and with the theme of “LIFE is LIVE,” Fuji TV’s new program lineup will be packed with a wide range of lively content that will brighten up your lives. Please stay tuned to Fuji TV as we strive to offer you news, entertainment and so much more!


Fuji TV’s News Department launches “Houdoukyoku,” a completely new form of news channel exclusively for mobile devices

Fuji TV has recently announced to launch a brand new type of news channel exclusively for mobile devices called “Houdoukyoku” starting Wednesday, April 1, 2015. This new channel will allow viewers to catch the latest news clips from anywhere and anytime, and on a wide array of devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. “Houdoukyoku” will be the first trial of its kind among the news media sources in Japan, and with a special emphasis on providing news clips that are purely original, the channel will offer a robust lineup of original news clips specifically tailored for mobile devices. Its content will not be a repeat of the news programs broadcast on terrestrial channel; but rather, they will mainly center around a live broadcast from a studio. Its aim is to bring viewers not only the breaking news and immediate release on emergency press conferences as it happens, but also to supply additional information and news footage to take a deeper look into the core of news items.

For more information, please refer to the link below (Japanese only):


“Werewolf: Who's the Liar? Village 05” receives Digital Emmy® Nomination

We are delighted to announce that Fuji TV variety program “Werewolf: Who's the Liar? Village 05” has been nominated for the tenth International Digital Emmy® Awards in the Non-Fiction category.

“Werewolf: Who's the Liar? Village 05” is a non-scripted psychological game show based on the world popular party game “Werewolf.” The program was aired on March 7, 2014 as Fuji TV’s first experimental program using Hybridcast technology. Hybridcast technology enables the integration of Internet-based content with traditional broadcast TV, such as interactive games during the commercial breaks, integrating SNS, as well as providing information that improves enjoyment of the viewers’ TV viewing experience.

The final winners for the award will be presented with their Emmys at the International Digital Emmy® Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Bell Fund of Canada, during MIPTV's Opening night festivities on April 13 in Cannes.

For the complete list of nominees, check outEmmy® Awards official website: http://www.iemmys.tv/awards_nominees.aspx


7 Finalists for 2015 New York Festival's World's Best TV & Films competition

Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals is one of the world’s finest Television and Films competition that honors programming of all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Each year, the competition is judged by award winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe who review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media.
Today we are happy to announce that seven of our shows have been named as finalists of the competition.

Below is the full list of our finalists:

“KANZABURO: The Kabuki Spirit Lives on” (Biography/Profiles)
“NONFIX: Tokyo Wonder Planet” (Cultural Issues)
“The Crash -Reinvestigating JAL Flight 123's Tragic End-“ (Docudrama)
“HERO 2014” (Drama)
“Legal High!! 2” (Drama)
“Shedding New Light: Three Years After the Giant Tsunami”(Human Concerns)
“Mysterious Summer” (Online Drama Program)

For the complete list of finalists, check out the New York Festivals official website:

For more information on New York Festivals, visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/


Fuji TV to launch digital comic distribution service on Fuji TV On-Demand offering nearly 10,000 titles and over 40,000 works

Fuji TV is proud to announce the launch of its digital comic distribution service on “Fuji TV on Demand” (FOD), an on-demand service for online distribution of previously-aired programs as well as live streaming of events, starting February 2, 2015.

With smartphones and other mobile devices becoming more widely used, this newly launched service is expected to both further expand our service offerings and improve FOD user satisfaction by offering a selection of more than 10,000 titles and 40,000 comic books. The service will also provide special web pages to introduce popular titles of drama, anime, and comic book in details.(Currently this service is available only in Japan.)

For more information (Japanese): http://www.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2015/s/150202-s004.html
Fuji TV on Demand (Japanese ): http://fod.fujitv.co.jp/


All episodes of "Ghostwriter" and "Disappointing Husband" will be available on Plus Seven

Great news, everyone! As mentioned in our previous post, Fuji TV has recently launched an online distribution service called “+7” (plus seven), which allows viewers to catch up with the latest episode of selected Fuji TV content. Because of the overwhelming popularity, it’s been confirmed that not only the first 3, but ALL episodes of the drama series “Ghostwriter” and “Disappointing Husband” will be available online on FOD (Fuji TV On-demand) and GyaO! for up to 7 days after broadcast. Unfortunately this service is only available in Japan, but we hope all of you will stay tuned and continue to show us your support!

For more information (Japanese only): http://www.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2015/i/150106-i003.html
“Ghostwriter”: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_15_02.html
“Disappointing Husband”: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_15_04.html


Fuji TV announces the launch of seven-day catch up service “+7” (=plus seven) on trial basis starting on Tuesday, January 13

This brand-new online distribution service will allow viewers free access to catch-up episodes of selected Fuji TV content. The first 3 episodes of the latest drama series “Ghostwriter,” “Disappointing Husband,” “Restaurant with Many Problems,” as well as 3 variety shows, and 1 sports news program will be available online on FOD (Fuji TV On-demand) and GyaO!, Japan’s largest free video streaming site for up to 7 days after broadcast.

For more information (Japanese only): http://www.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2015/i/150106-i003.html


Fuji TV-produced social development game “GeGeGe no Kitaro Yokai Yokocho” is now available in Traditional Chinese

We are pleased to announce that Fuji TV-produced social development game “GeGeGe no Kitaro Yokai* Yokocho” in Traditional Chinese has become available on Yahoo! Mobage from December 15. This is Fuji TV's first browser game ever to be released in Greater China (Traditional Chinese region).

“GeGeGe no Kitaro Yokai Yokocho” is a game derived from popular yokai manga series “GeGeGe no Kitaro” by Shigeru Mizuki. In this game, players entrusted with special yokai powers are to create their own town in GeGeGe’s Forest. Players’ main goal is to run and turn their stores into a thriving business.

“GeGeGe Kitaro Yokai Yokocho” has won the award of “Best Title Chosen by Users” in Yahoo! Mobage Award 2014. This outstanding achievement initiated the distribution of the Traditional Chinese version of the game through DeNA.

Looking ahead the future, Fuji TV aims to further expand our global business development and will continue to create and offer more attractive game contents to people around the world.

For further information: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2014/s/141216-s054.html

*Yokai=monster goblin


“Ana Sen” Project wins the encouragement award in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan’s Career Education Awards

We are proud to announce that one of Fuji TV’s CSR activities “Ana Sen” (=Announcer Sensei) has received the encouragement award (in the large companies category) in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan’s Career Education Awards. Launched in 2005 through the collaboration between Fuji TV’s CSR department and announcers, “Ana Sen” is a special school visit program offering public speaking lessons to third to fifth grade elementary school students

As of today, the numbers of elementary schools “Ana Sen” have visited totals up to 153 schools, providing lessons to nearly 10,000 school children. We are firmly determined to continue this project to assist improving the communication skills of the children who will lead the next generation of our society.

Overview of Fuji TV’s CSR Activities: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/csr.html
“Ana Sen” Project: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/ana/anasen/


Fuji TV partners with StarHub for content distribution

Fuji TV has announced its partnership with Singapore’s leading pay TV operator StarHub at this year’s Asian Television Forum, Asia’s must-attend market for fresh content. Under the partnership, a selection of Fuji TV content will be available for streaming in Singapore from next spring. This fall’s hit dramas “NOBUNAGA CONCERTO” and “Dear Sister” are also included in the lineup.

Since 2013, Fuji TV has been strengthening its online video distribution throughout the world. To date, its content has been widely distributed to countries and regions within the North, Central and South America, Europe, as well as China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. This new partnership with Singapore-based StarHub will surely accelerate and expand Fuji TV’s content distribution in the Southeast Asia.


Fuji TV receives iQIYI's Asia Best Partner Award

Fuji Television happily accepted the Asia Best Partner Award from iQIYI, China's leading internet contents distributor, presented at the iQIYI Awards Ceremony in Beijing. Fuji TV was the first Japanese station to distribute dramas through iQIYI, a total of twenty hit titles were available to China's online audience this year. Active involvement and expansion with the Chinese distribution market was recognized by all at iQIYI. Of the twenty titles distributed, HIRUGAO-LOVE AFFAIRS IN THE AFTERNOON toppled the rest with a walloping 10 million plus views in its last episode alone. MYSTERIOUS SUMMER, co-produced with iQIYI, also received raving reviews with 60 million plus views since its distribution in August.


19th Asian Television Awards Nomination

We are excited to share that 3 of our programs “The Nonfiction: Born to Dance” (Documentary Series), “Galileo 2” (Drama Series), and “Giant Killing” (Game/Quiz Program) were nominated for this year’s Asian Television Awards! This year, a total of 239 entries from across 13 countries have made the cut to compete for the grand prize. The final winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at Marina Bay Sands Singapore on December 11th.

For the full list of finalists, check out Asian Television Awards official website:


"Matrimonial Chaos" receives TV Drama Commendation at ABU Prizes 2014

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2014 were announced on October 27 in Macau, and Fuji TV’s multi-award winning serial drama “Matrimonial Chaos” was honored with TV Drama Commendation.

Matrimonial Chaos: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_13_04.html

Full List of ABU Prizes 2014 Winners and Commended Entries: http://www.abu.org.my/ABU_Prizes-@-ABU_Prizes_2014.aspx

For further information on awards received in the past, please refer to the link below:


"The Vancouver Asahi" wins the Top Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival

On Friday, October 10, Audience Awards were announced at the 33rd Vancouver International Film Festival and Fuji TV’s latest feature film “The Vancouver Asahi” took home the Rogers People’s Choice Award. This award is presented to the most popular international films and “The Vancouver Asahi” was chosen amongst a total of 350 films from 65 countries around the world. Last year “Like Father, Like Son” was honored the same audience award at the VIFF, making this is the second consecutive year that a Fuji TV film won the award.

Directed by Yuya Ishii, “The Vancouver Asahi” tells a dramatic true story about a legendary baseball team played in Canada prior to World War II.
The film is scheduled to hit the screens in Japan on December 20.

“The Vancouver Asahi” (English): http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/m_14_07.html
The Vancouver International Film Festival: http://www.viff.org/


2014 Tokyo Drama Awards at the International Drama Festival in Tokyo

The prize-awarding ceremony of the International Drama Festival in Tokyo “Tokyo Drama Awards” was held on Thursday, October 23. It is our great pleasure to announce that in the personal prize category, Mr. Yoshikazu Okada from “Second to Last Love 2” received Best Screenplay and Ms. Satomi Ishihara from “Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu” won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. In the drama category, “Matrimonial Chaos Special 2014” received Excellent Single Drama and “First Class” was chosen as Excellent Series Drama! Congratulations once again to all the winners!

Best Screenplay: Yoshikazu Okada from “Second to Last Love 2” (Spring 2014)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Satomi Ishihara from “Un chocolatier de l’amour perdu” (Winter 2014)

Excellent Series Drama: “First Class” (Spring 2014)

Excellent Single Drama: “Matrimonial Chaos Special 2014” (Jan. 16, 2014)

Tokyo Drama Awards


“Galileo 2” wins Special Prize at Seoul International Drama Awards 2014

"Galileo 2," Fuji TV's the highly popular drama series that aired in Spring 2013, has won the Special Prize at the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards. Amongst all submissions from countries around the world, 5 entries were submitted from Japan. Although none of the Japanese programs made the cut for nomination in the competition category, "Galileo 2" received the Special Prize, an award in the non-competition category. Special Prize is an award given to a production that contributed most to cross-cultural exchange and is selected by the juries and the SDA Organizing Committee.

The producer of the drama Mr. Yoshihiro Suzuki attended the award ceremony held on the evening of September 4 in Seoul and expressed his delight and appreciation in his acceptance speech.

Galileo 2: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/d_13_08.html

Seoul International Drama Awards: http://www.seouldrama.org/EN/


A Successful Year for Odaiba New World

Our annual summer festival under the newly revamped title "Odaiba New World" closed its doors as of August 31st after 44 days in operation. This year, the number of attendees to the event area consisting of our Fuji TV Headquarters, Doki Doki Land, and Central Plaza has reached over 3.48 million; while the total number of visitors including the above festival grounds as well as the areas where people can enjoy Fuji TV Headquarters' illumination show "Glitter-8" exceeded 4.55 million. We would like to thank all those who came down to the event and making it such a great success. We hope to see you again next year!


Fuji TV to make David Production Its Subsidiary

On August 1, Fuji Television Network, Inc. has made Japanese animation production studio David Production Inc. into its subsidiary.

Fuji TV has positioned animation which has high potential for multi-faceted business development as a vital pillar of its content. Under this strategic vision, an animation section was newly set up in January 2013 in order to promote such business endeavors. Having David Production that boasts proven superior capability in the development and production of content as an affiliated company, Fuji TV intends to further enhance its animation business foundation and accelerate global business development in the future.


Fuji TV teams up with China's iQIYI on drama production

Fuji TV has joined forces with iQIYI, China's No.1 internet video distributor, in creating a brand new internet-based drama series called "Mysterious Summer." This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a Chinese online video platform and a Japanese TV network. Internet distribution of "Mysterious Summer" in China starts from August 8, 2014, as well as in 35 countries within the North, Central and South America.

The drama features a Japanese director/producer Satoshi Kubota and Chinese cast, starring the best of up-and-coming Chinese actors and Yuki Furukawa, an extremely popular Japanese actor in China. A total of 15 episodes were all shot in Beijing, each story concluding within the 30 minute running time.

The World Premiere took place on the night of August 6 in Beijing. At the event, the leading actor Yuki Furukawa commented, "Mysterious Summer" is not only a mystery fiction; there are also love, romance, and horror, a different taste in each episode for everyone in China and around the world to enjoy."

iQIYI website:

Fuji TV blog entry:


Asahi Advertising Award 2013

We are happy to announce that the large-sized advertising insert for AKB48’s 5th general elections event (aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, June 8th, 2013) published on Friday, June 7th, 2013 on the morning edition of Asahi Shimbun (limited distribution of 150,000 copies in the Kanto area) received an award for the Distribution and Entertainment category in Asahi Advertising Award 2013.

This advertisement attracted a great deal of attention for having 3 different types of front side with full-length photos of Yuko Oshima, Mayu Watanabe, and Haruka Shimazaki, while the back side displayed all 246 AKB group members running for the election, and also for distributing 50,000 copies of each type of front side randomly to unspecified households in the Kanto region.

Click on the link below to see the advertisement:

For the full list of award winners, visit Asahi Shimbun advertising division’s official website (Japanese):


2014 Praemium Imperiale winners announced

The 2014 winners of the Praemium Imperiale arts awards have been announced by the Japan Art Association on July 16, 2014.

The 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureates are:

Painting Category: Mr. Martial Raysse (France)
Sculpture Category: Mr. Giuseppe Penone (Italy)
Architecture Category: Mr. Steven Holl (USA)
Music Category: Mr. Arvo Pärt (Estonia)
Theatre/Film Category: Mr. Athol Fugard (South Africa)
2014 Grant for Young Artists: The Zinsou Foundation (Benin)

The Praemium Imperiale is an annual award given by the Japan Art Association for global achievement in the arts. Since its beginning in 1989, the award has become a mark of the highest international distinction. The awards ceremony will take place in Tokyo on October 15, 2014.

Official Website:


2014 US International Film & Video Festival Awards

The winners for this year’s US International Film & Video Awards have been announced. Our program, “The Nonfiction: Twilight Poem - An Elite Shaken to Their Core" (Documentary: Social Awareness) has won a Gold Camera Award as well as a Best of Festival-Documentary nomination. Additionally, a Certificate for Creative Excellence was given to "The Nonfiction: Longing for Home-Returning after 47 Years as a Woman" (Documentary: Biography).


6 Awards presented to Fuji TV by NY Festivals

Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals is one of the world’s finest Television and Films competition that honors programming of all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Each year, the competition is judged by award winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe who review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media.

We are proud to announce that Fuji TV has been awarded 6 prizes this year including the Gold World Medal, Silver World Medal and Finalist Certificate. Below are the full list of winners.

Gold World Medal
The Nonfiction: Death Scene Cleaner Gets Married (TV)

Silver World Medal
For Tomorrow and Beyond: Passing on Memories of the Tsunami (TV)
Reunion (Film)
The God of Ramen (Film)

Finalist Certificate
Matrimonial Chaos (TV)
The Nonfiction: Over the Clouds-The Journey of Little Survivors (TV)

This marks Fuji TV’s 8th win at the New York Festivals since 2003 and 7th consecutive win since 2008. For further information on awards received in the past, please refer to the link below:

For more information on New York Festivals, visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/


Fuji TV partners with Crunchyroll for content distribution

Fuji TV has recently announced its partnership with leading Anime streaming service Crunchyroll at the world’s most-established TV and digital content market MIPTV held annually at Cannes, France each April. Under the partnership, a selection of Fuji TV content will be available to stream including dramas “IRYU -Team Medical Dragon-,” “Galileo” and “The 101st Proposal.” One of the latest dramas to begin airing this spring, “Gokuaku Ganbo” will also be available to stream on the Crunchyroll platform nearly simultaneously, which extends to more than 120 countries and territories with over 10M users and 300K subscribers. For the full list of contents, please visit Crunchyroll’s website at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/


18th Asian Television Awards Nomination

Fuji TV’s “Matrimonial Chaos” has been nominated in this year’s Asian Television Awards for Best Drama Series. This year, a total of 238 entries from across 12 countries have made the cut to compete for the grand prize. The final winners will be announced at the awards/gala ceremony at Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa in the Compass Ballroom on December 5th.

For the full list of finalists, check out Asian Television Awards official website:


“Battle for Money: The Initial Battle” International Emmy Nomination

Fuji TV’s “Battle for Money: The Initial Battle” has been nominated for the International Emmy® Kids Awards in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category. “Battle for Money” was originally broadcast in Japan on May 19th, 2012. The final winners for the award will receive their Emmys at the International Emmy® Kids Awards, on February 10, 2014 in New York City.


DreamWorks Studios buys Remake Rights to “Like Father, Like Son”

DreamWorks Studios, co-founded by Stacey Snider and director Steven Spielberg and in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, has bought the rights to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film “Like Father, Like Son.”

Winner of a Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, "Like Father, Like Son" tells the heartbreaking story of two families who discover that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth.

Spielberg served as president of the jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which is where he first saw the film and brought it to the attention of his team back at DreamWorks. Spielberg said, “When I saw the film at Cannes, I was so impressed by its power to bring such a human story to the screen. Here at DreamWorks Studios, Stacey and our team recognized that it was a story we wanted to remake to bring to our audiences throughout the world. I thank Hirokazu Kore-eda and Fuji TV for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda commented, “I am honored that a company such as DreamWorks will be developing my film for American audiences. I’m looking forward to working with Steven Spielberg, for whom I have great admiration.”

Produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc. and GAGA Corporation (GAGA), the much anticipated release of “Like Father, Like Son” in Japanese theatres is scheduled for September 28, 2013. GAGA and Wild Bunch handles its international sales.


“Sazae-san” makes Guinness World Records

Welcoming its 45th anniversary on TV broadcasting this year, popular anime series “Sazae-san” has been recognized as the “Longest running animated TV series” in the Guinness book of world records 2014 edition. To commemorate this joyous occasion, an award ceremony was held and Ms. Midori Kato, the voice actress for main character Sazae-san received the verifying certificate. Fuji TV began broadcasting anime “Sazae-san” in 1969, and Ms. Kato has played Sazae-san’s voice ever since.


US of Odaiba ends another summer of success

As of September 1st, our annual summer event, United States of Odaiba closed its doors after approximately 7 weeks in operation since its opening in July 13th and a grand total of 4,203,609 visitors. We would like to thank all those who came out to join us in the fun and adventure, we sincerely hope you had a good time!

*Izakaya EXILE Park will remain open until September 16th, 2013.


“Legal High!!” nominated for Seoul International Drama Awards

Fuji TV’s drama “Legal High!!” has been nominated for Seoul International Drama Awards 2013 in the Mini-series category. This year the competition nominated 39 nominees out of 225 entries submitted from 48 countries. The Grand Prize and winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 5th at the National Theater of Korea. Additionally, Japanese actor Ren Kiriyama who starred in Fuji TV’s PayTV drama “Switch Girl!! 2” has been selected as this year’s winner for the People’s Choice Award.


US International Film & Video Festival Award Winners

We are proud to announce that our program “The Locked Room Murders” has won the Gold Camera Award in the entertainment category at this year’s US International Film&Video Festival. This marks Fuji TV’s third consecutive win of the Gold Camera Award since 2011. Additionally, "The Nonfiction: Death Scene Cleaner Gets Married" won the Silver Screen award in the documentary category, and two programs "Run for Money: Ancient Edo Cinderella" in the entertainment category and "The Homecoming" in the documentary category won the C-Certificate for Creative Excellence. This year, the festival received over 1,000 entries from 27 countries.


“Like Father Like Son” wins Cannes Jury Prize

Fuji TV’s film “Like Father, Like Son” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and produced by Chihiro Kameyama, Hatanaka Tatsuro, and Tom Yoda has received the Jury Prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Announced on the final day of the prestigious festival, Mr. Steven Spielberg, serving as head of Jury announced Kore-eda’s win. This is the first Japanese film to receive an award in the competition division at Cannes since 6 years ago. In fact, the last Prix du Jury awarded to a Japanese film was in 1987, with director Rentaro Mikuni's "Shinran: Path to Purity".

The film depicts two families who learn that the child they have brought up for six years is not their biological son, due to being switched at birth. Leading actor Masaharu Fukuyama and Lily Franky star as the fathers, along with mothers played by Machiko Ono and Yoko Maki.


“Dear Mom” wins Bronze World Medal at NY Festivals

It is our great pleasure to announce that Fuji Television’s “Dear Mom -The Story of Five Siblings-” produced by weekday morning show “Tokudane” (Broadcast April 2012) has received the Bronze World Medal in the 2013 New York Festivals for the “Current Affairs” category. “Dear Mom” depicts a family of 5 children in mourning having lost their mother in the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake who, together with the help of the father, try to move forward, growing up through the process and without forgetting to keep a smile on their faces.

Video: "Dear Mom" wins Bronze World Medal at NY Festivals 2013

The New York Festivals was founded in 1957, and has since been recognizing the World’s best work in advertising and TV, Film&Radio programs in which World-class judges review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media. This year, over 50 countries submitted entries, exceeding the average 40 countries in the past to have their work reviewed and considered for a prize.

This marks Fuji TV’s 7th win at the New York Festivals since 2003 and 6th consecutive win since 2008. For further information on awards received in the past, please refer to the link below.



“Onna Nobunaga” to air Worldwide

Fuji TV’s special two-night drama, “Onna Nobunaga” is planned to be broadcast in over 70 areas and countries. Based on the story of Oda Nobunaga who never ceased to allure those around him with his ingenious ideas, unrivalled in Japanese history. Developing an unconventional plot, that this Nobunaga was in fact not male but female, the drama unravels the mysteries behind the busho (general) and sengokudaimyo (feudal lord).

North America & Canada / TV Japan (CATV)
Broadcast on April 5th and 6th
Taiwan / VIDEOLAND Specialized Japanese Channel
Broadcast on April 5th and 6th
Taiwan / TOP INSIGHT VOD service “My Drama”
Distribution from April 7th
Hong Kong / TVB (Television Broadcasts) HD Jade Channel
Broadcast on April 6th and 13th
Thailand / Work Point TV (Satellite wave)
Broadcast on April 20th and 26th
Europe, Africa, Middle East / JSTV Japanese Satellite Channel
Broadcast on April 20th and 26th

Official Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/onna-nobunaga/index.html


A Fresh Look for Spring 2013

The end of March means the end of the fiscal year for many Japanese corporations, including Fuji Television. To celebrate the occasion, our website has been renewed for an all new look! Now our website enables you to access our newest content just by clicking on a photo image thumbnail. Information on past content can be viewed for all categories, and a YouTube video page has been set up for you to explore a wide variety of video content. We hope you will find the renewal to be a success and enjoy our selection of diverse content as much as we enjoy creating them!


"Sparkling Winter Land" at Odaiba

This summer's "United States of Odaiba" was a roaring success, with a record high of 4.54 million visitors. We owe this great pleasure entirely to all of you who came, and would like to thank you again for the wonderful opportunity. We are proud to present to you a spin-off event this winter from that very "United States of Odaiba," titled "Sparkling Winter Land" where Fuji TV's popular programs will come together once again to liven up Odaiba during the holiday season. We hope you can join us!

For details, visit the below link:

Blog entry here:


4 Nominations for Asian Television Awards 2012

Fuji Television's 4 programs were nominated in 4 categories of the 17th Asian Television Awards 2012 out of over 1,300 entries. "The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan - March 11, 2011" for Best Current Affairs Program, "The Nonfiction Special: An Old Man and His Dog – Fukushima" for Best Documentary Program, "The Nonfiction Special: Maria's New York - The Final Reunion" for Best Social Awareness Program, and "One Piece - The Beginning of the New Chapter! The Straw Hats Reunited!" for Best 2D Animated Program. The Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

For the full list of finalists, check out Asian Television Awards official website:


Fuji TV ties strategic alliance with US film production company

Fuji Television Network, Inc. has joined hands with American film production company Illumination Entertainment (“Despicable Me,” “The Lorax” ) under a strategic alliance in aims of developing each other’s creative abilities to produce superior content. The very first of its collaborations will premiere at the release of “BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN 4 THE FINAL,” where a minion from the movie, “Despicable Me” will appear in the opening logo. Collaborations in the future include exchange of ideas and opinions by creators regarding screenplay and character setting for Illumination’s upcoming “Despicable Me 2” release in July 2013, as well as a prospected joint production project.


Fuji TV's 'COOL TV' begins

Fuji TV has launched 5 new variety programs starting this October, every weekday night from Monday to Friday at 11 p.m. The all new original programs are targeted at the sensible, style conscious younger generation, and include a revolutionary reality show that was yet to be realized in Japan. Additionally, special content from these shows will be available to view on YouTube worldwide, after each program is aired on Fuji TV. Check out the full line-up for the programs below

Monday: "Numer0n"
Comedians 'Bananaman' are your host in this intellectual number battle game.

Tuesday: "Catherine III"
The popular host and guest show returns with an even more powerful line-up of guests, digging down deeper into the true figures of celebrities and their friends.

Wednesday: "TOKIO-Kakeru"
Starring pop group 'TOKIO', "TOKIO-Kakeru" is a game show that determines one's abilities or level in various fields. Perhaps the greatest charm about this show is that viewers are able to participate in the games through mobile devices simultaneously.

Thursday: "Stairs of Odessa"
A unique documentary program that takes you on a journey to rediscover people and things, such as art and design. By the end of the show, you'll have discovered an all new aspect to the topic, turning your life into something just a little more fulfilling.

The long awaited reality show finally hits Japan. A group of 6 men and women begin living together as flat-mates in a house by the beach. Youth, friendship, love, dreams… Their lifestyle may look sparkly and shiny at first glance, but it's only a matter of time before the truth hits the screens.


Praemium Imperiale Winners Announced

The winners for this year's Praemium Imperiale Laureates were announced in New York, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo, yesterday by the Japan Art Association. They are:

2012 Praemium Imperiale Laureates
Painting: Cai Guo-Qiang (China)
Sculpture: Cecco Bonanotte (Italy)
Architecture: Henning Larsen (Denmark)
Music: Phillip Glass (Music)
Theater/Film: Yoko Morishita (Japan)

The Praemium Imperiale is awarded in the five disciplines of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film. Artists are recognized for their achievements, for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for their role in enriching the global community. Since its beginning in 1989, the award has become a mark of the highest international distinction. Each laureate receives an honorarium of 15 million yen, and a testimonial letter and medal will be presented by honorary patron of the Japan Art Association Prince Hitachi in an awards ceremony to be held in Tokyo October 23rd, 2012.

In addition to the Praemium Imperiale awards, the Japan Art Association gives away a grant of 5 million yen to a group or institution that encourages the involvement of young people in the arts. This year the grant was awarded to the Sphinx Organization based in Detroit, USA.

Praemium Imperiale Official Website:


US of Odaiba ends with a record high number of visitors

Beginning from the 14th of July, “United States of Odaiba” closed its doors last Sunday, the 2nd of September after 51 days in operation. The total number of visitors came to an astonishing 4.54 million visitors, marking its top position ever since the summer event began back in 2009. Under this year’s theme “New Generation,” highlights included daily morning karaoke sessions by Fuji TV’s news anchors and comedian Baby Gang’s water mist showers that created a crowd wherever they went. We wish to thank everyone who came down to the event and hope that it was a memorable experience. See you all again next year!


Remembering 3/11 –FNN Great East Japan Earthquake Archive-

Today, September 1st marks Disaster Prevention Day in Japan. To commemorate this day and to engrave in our hearts the historical moment in which an unprecedented great natural disaster occurred, a website dedicated to heightening the conscience of future generations about disaster mitigation will be launched. Fuji TV, in collaboration with FNN presents an archive of videos from the Great East Japan Earthquake, available to anyone and everyone in the world to see via Internet. Videos are original cut versions of recorded material from March 11th, 2011 and include unreleased scenes and footage from the tragic disaster that stole close to 20,000 lives. Initially, the archive will contain a total of 30 videos, and additional videos will be uploaded sequentially.

Videos can be viewed at the below websites. Please be warned that some videos contain graphic images and thus may not be suitable for young children or those sensitive to such material.

FNN website:
Fuji TV Official Channel on YouTube:


United States of Odaiba 2012

It's back! The United States of Odaiba returns again this year with the most powerful line-up in history. 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of Fuji TV's residence in Odaiba, and to commemorate the special occasion, we have entitled the theme as “New Generation”. We hope the event will be an opening ceremony for a never seen before future generation, a brighter, happier, and hopeful one to say the least. Come join in on the fun and experience various attractions, shops, and exhibitions of popular Fuji Television programs.

Event Title: United States of Odaiba 2012 -It begins here! Cheerleaders of Nippon-
Term: Saturday, July 14th ~ Sunday, September 2nd (51 days total)
Location: Odaiba & Fuji Television Headquarters
Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. *hours subject to change depending on circumstances.
Tickets: 1 Day Passport 1,500 yen / Children (up to junior high) 1,300 yen

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/uso2012/index.html(Japanese)


Fuji TV wins Best of Festival

An official announcement was made on June 27th that Fuji TV’s “Pioneers in the Land of Rubble –Recovering from the 3/11 Disaster--” had won the Best of Festival in the documentary category at the US International Film & Video Festival. You can watch the program in full along with the other best of festival winners on their website at: http://www.filmfestawards.com/


Winners at US International Film & Video Festival

We are proud to inform you that three of our programs have been awarded the Gold Camera Award at the US International Film&Video Festival. “WASURENAI. The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan -March 11, 2011- ” and “Pioneers in the Land of Rubble –Recovering from the 3/11 Disaster--” in the documentary category, and “Marumo’s Story” in the entertainment category. This year, the Festival received 1,100 program entries from 29 countries around the globe. Of the 1,100 entries, 20 were awarded the top award, the Gold Camera. Additionally, the former two programs have also been nominated for Best of the Festival, or the Grand Prix and its winners are planned to be announced June 27th.


Fuji TV TWO's "Switch Girl" to air in France

Fuji Television's original drama "Switch Girl" has been scheduled to begin broadcasting in France this July. The show, currently being broadcast on our communications satellite channel, Fuji TV TWO, is based on the manga "Switch Girl" written by author Natsumi Aida, about a girl who has two personalities. One is comprised of a beautiful school girl perfect in every way, and the other, a rather scruffy lazy girl with glasses.

Having sold over 5.6 million copies, the title was ranked number one in France's female manga publication sale chart for the first semester of 2011. "Switch Girl" also has core fans in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Italy, and Germany.

Broadcasting in France will begin in July, under Viz Media Europe's KAZE label on KZTV prior to VOD services on KZPLAY. DVD will be available in September with French subtitles. This will be the first time ever for a Japanese drama series to develop into a multi-broadcasting content overseas.

Mariya Nishiuchi, the starring actress as well as the production crew will attend the "Japan Expo 2012" planned to take place from July 5th to the 8th near Paris.


KING TUT exhibition in Osaka/Tokyo

Brace yourself for a never before experience in rediscovering the spirit of ancient Egypt. This spring in Osaka, and this summer in Tokyo, the “KING TUT -Tutankhamun and the golden age of the pharaohs-“ exhibition hits Japan for the very first time. Centering around 50 relics uncovered from pharaoh King Tut’s tomb, the exhibition will showcase 122 artifacts from the 18th dynasty (mid 1600B.C. to end 1400B.C.) of Egypt referred to as the New Kingdom period.
The “KING TUT -Tutankhamun and the golden age of the pharaohs-“ exhibition was launched from Europe in 2005, since then touring around major cities of the world. More than one million people have visited the exhibition thus far, and Japan will be its first stop in Asia. The exhibition in Osaka will begin March 17th (Sat) at Osaka Tenpozan Gallery(formerly Suntory Museum Tenpozan) and Tokyo from August 4th (Sat) at the Ueno Royal Museum. With collaborations between science and archaeology, developments in DNA testing and computer technologies, the countless mysteries veiled around the most well-known pharaoh, Tutankhamun are revealed. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to look back at Egypt’s golden treasures from 3300 years ago!


Two Winners from Fuji TV for ATA 2011

The winners of the 16th Asian Television Awards were announced yesterday, December 8th at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. Fuji Television won in two categories: “The Nonfiction Special ‘Unforgettable – Three Family Portraits’ ” for Best Current Affairs Program and “Nep-Kids League: Whiz-Kids Theater!” for Best Entertainment. In addition, “Our Prayers – Living in our Times” was awarded as “Highly Commended” in the Best Documentary Program category, with Fuji Television being also “Highly Commended” as the Terrestrial Channel of the Year. We are extremely honored for our recognition at the prestigious Asian Television Awards and pledge to further continue our efforts in bringing our viewers around the world high quality content that exceeds their expectations.


New Winter Events

Information on Fuji Television’s events page has been updated. The 36th Grand Sumo Tournament will take place on February 5th, 2012 at Ryogoku Kokugikan. The Kabuki performances at Heisei Nakamura-za have begun this month and will continue throughout the end of May, 2012. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness the quintessence of traditional Japanese entertainment!


Six nominations for Asian Television Awards 2011

Fuji Television’s programs were nominated in 6 categories of the 16th Asian Television Awards 2011. “Our Prayers ~Living in Our Times~” for Best Documentary Program, “Miracle Diplomas” for Best Social Awareness Program, “Marumo’s Story” and “Tokyo Control” for Best Drama Series, “The Nonfiction Special: Unforgettable – Three Family Portraits" for Best Current Affairs Program, and “Nep-Kids League: Whiz-Kids Theater!” for Best Entertainment. Winners for each category will be announced at an exclusive Gala Dinner held this year at Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel on December 8th.


BS Fuji “Prime News” airs live in English

This fall, Fuji TV’s satellite channel, BS Fuji (BS channel 8) is proud to present to you a new and exciting challenge. In considering the state of the nation and the path it should take, we have proposed the biggest 10 current topics for probing and discussion by the leading critics and thinkers of Japan. A group of experts will view and assess the issue from all angles and points of dispute, questioning and proposing the ideal form of the nation to the public and current government.
The nightly program will be broadcast live from Monday, October 24th to Friday, November 4th in Japanese and English. We hope that foreign residents in Japan will take the opportunity to enjoy this special program in order to gain further knowledge about the issues from this rally of intellect.

【On Air】
BS Fuji channel 8
Monday October 24th ~ Friday November 4th 8:00pm to 9:55pm


Fuji TV nominated for an Int’l Emmy

We are proud to announce that Fuji Television’s documentary program, “The Nonfiction: Family Meeting - 7 Years in the Tanaka Family” has been nominated for an International Emmy in the documentary category this year. It is our very first nomination in the documentary category and a consecutive nomination following the two nominations last year. The final winners will be announced at the 39th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 21st in New York.


Another fruitful year for United States of Odaiba

As of August 31st, our annual summer event, the United States of Odaiba closed its doors. Having welcomed over a total of 4,196,029 people, the event proved to be another successful year, exceeding last year’s visitors by approximately 100,000 people. We would like to express our appreciation to all those who came out to visit and hope that everyone enjoyed the attractions and concerts that were offered.


2011 Praemium Imperiale winners announced

The 2011 winners of the Praemium Imperiale arts awards have been announced by the Japan Art Association.

The 2011 Praemium Imperiale Laureates are:

Bill Viola (Painting) USA
Anish Kapoor (Sculpture) UK
Ricardo Legorreta (Architecture) Mexico
Seiji Ozawa (Music) Japan
Judi Denchi (Theatre/Film) UK

The Praemium Imperiale is an annual award given by the Japan Art Association for global achievement in the arts. Since its beginning in 1989, the award has become a mark of the highest international distinction. The awards ceremony will be held in Tokyo on October 19, 2011.


"Planet Weather Forecast" launched at Planetarium

Fuji Television has collaborated with Konica Minolta Planetarium to bring you "Planet Weather Forecast", a program about meteorology on planets and other cosmic information. Under the know-how of Fuji TV's weather forecast production, the weather on planets will be introduced as if Fuji TV were situated on the surface of the moon. The program is projected on screen using a 4K digital projection technology, creating a dynamic imagery of space that no one has ever seen before. "Planet Weather Forecast" will be shown daily at Konica Minolta Planetarium, re-opening its doors today.

Official Website: http://www.konicaminolta.jp/manten(Japanese only)


Spherical Observation Room reopens with new "ONE PIECE" exhibit

The spherical observation room has now re-opened its doors with a "ONE PIECE" exhibition, going on from today until July 3rd. The exhibit will feature a brand new "ONE PIECE" game that visitors can experience as well as an opportunity to take photos with your favorite characters. The observation room will be open from 10am to 6pm, closed on Mondays.
*All other attractions at Fuji Television have resumed, including the Roof Garden, Fuji TV shop area, and TV connection café as well as tours. We look forward to your visit in the future.


To Fuji TV visitors (5/2 update)

Fuji TV tours have resumed. Roof Garden, Fuji TV shop area, and TV connection café on 7F are currently in service. The spherical observation room remains closed until further notice.


Fuji TV Wins a Silver Medal at New York Festival 2011

We are pleased to announce Fuji Television's "Fortune in Disguise -My Cancer and Tokyo Tower-" received the Silver World Medal at the 2011 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. "Fortune in Disguise -My Cancer and Tokyo Tower-" is about a single woman in her 40s who faces the struggles caused by physical illness and cancer. She is also the writer, director, and producer of this program.
The New York Festivals is an international awards group that holds a 54 year history recognizing the world's best work in movies, radio, advertising, web and other media subject for evaluation. The awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas on April 12th inside NAB. "The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 7 Days of the Kobe Newspaper" and "Happy Birthday" also won a prize.


To Fuji TV visitors (4/7 update)

Roof Garden, Fuji TV shop area, and TV Connection Cafe on 7F have resumed operation. However, please be advised operating days and hours may vary depending on the circumstances. The spherical observation room and tours remain closed at this point in time.


To Fuji TV visitors

Due to the earthquake that occured on March 11th, customer service areas at FujiTV headquarters are temporarily closed. (sphererical observation room, 7F FujiTV shop area, tours) 1F theater mall has resumed operation.


Fuji Television Chinese Website Launched

Fuji Television's full-fledged Chinese website has been created. From our programs to movies, events, tour of the Fuji Television headquarters and the Odaiba area, the site is packed with the latest information on Fuji Television and the surrounding area. Don't forget to check out your horoscope every week!


Idoling!!! Taiwan Debut

The popular idol group Idoling!!! formed through a Fuji Television program, made their debut in Taiwan with their newest album, “SUNRISE”. Their program was being distributed on the Internet since last November. Fan websites were created immediately, and the popularity of this 20-member group soon attracted the attention of the Taiwan media. When the girls landed recently in Taiwan, they were greeted by over 200 fans and media at the airport. More than 1,000 fans and nearly 20 media companies gathered at their debut event, where Idoling!!! performed their newest songs.


"Eden of the East" Selected as Best Anime Series 2010

"Eden of the East" has been selected as The Best Anime Series of the Year 2010 by America's largest anime industry news website, Anime News Network. "Eden of the East" is a TV anime drama series which premiered on Fuji Television in 2009. It is a story about a boy Takizawa who has lost his memory and a girl Saki who supports him. Takizawa meets Saki in Washington DC appearing naked and only carrying a handgun and a cell phone. When they return to Japan, they learn that a missile had hit the country and that Takizawa is one of the twelve selected people to save Japan.


Fuji TV Nominated for Two Int'l Emmys

Fuji Television is proud to announce that it has received two International Emmy nominations. The programs are "Happy Birthday" in the Children and Young People category, and "Run for Money" in the Non-scripted Entertainment category. Over a period of 6 months, three rounds were held. More than 700 judges in 50 different countries participated in the judging process. The winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Ceremony held on November 22 at the Hilton New York Hotel.


United States of Odaiba Ends in Huge Success

We would like to thank all of you for coming to United States of Odaiba, helping it end in a huge success. During the 46 days the event was held, 4,085,213 people visited Fuji Television to experience the big summer event. Fuji Television will continue to plan and produce exciting new events. Don't miss them!


Thriller Fantasy Museum in Huis Ten Bosch

Fuji Television is proud to present Thriller Fantasy Museum, one of the largest horror-themed towns in the world. Thriller Fantasy Museum opened its doors on July 17 in Huis Ten Bosch, a residential-style European resort in Nagasaki Prefecture. Some entertaining attractions include Thriller Fantasy Museum Illumination, Melody in the Dark, Ghost Wedding, MJ World, Spooky Hall, Fortune Chamber, and a horror-themed restaurant. Come experience this scary but fun attraction with your friends and families!


United States of Odaiba 2010

Fuji Television's popular summer event, United States of Odaiba 2010 has begun. This huge nation filled with fun and entertainment will open its doors from Saturday, July 17th to Tuesday, August 31st. It's open from 10a.m. to 6p.m. One day passports are 1,500 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for elementary and middle school students. One day passports include admission to Fuji Television Land and Odaiba Land. Fuji Television Land consists of the Fuji TV headquarters, the 25th-floor sphere, and the forum on the 22nd floor. Some events such as live performances require separate fees. Come experience fun-filled attractions, shops, and exhibitions of popular Fuji Television programs.


“BOSS” Wins Magnolia Award in Shanghai

Fuji Television’s popular drama series “BOSS”, won the Magnolia Award/ Asia TV Series Special Award at this year’s Shanghai Television Festival. The Shanghai Television Festival is Asia’s biggest TV festival that recognizes outstanding programs. Yuki Amami, who starred in the drama, attended the awards ceremony that took place on June 11, in Shanghai. “BOSS” was awarded for its quality content, artistic quality, and high market value. The Asia TV Series Special Award is part of the partnership business between The International Drama Festival in Tokyo, the Shanghai Television Festival, and the Seoul Drama Awards.


Luna Regalo to be Extended

It was just announced that Luna Regalo will be extended until October 17, before heading to Osaka and Nagoya. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can enjoy both the eye-popping performances of “The Great Moscow Circus” as well as exquisite cuisines produced by celebrity chefs. Check the official website for details.

Official website (Japanese only)


Fuji TV Wins New York Festival Silver Medal

We are pleased to announce that Fuji Television’s docudrama, “The Nadeshiko Corps – 23 Days of Secrecy” received the Silver World Medal at the 2010 New York FestivalsInternational Television & Film Awards. During World War II, kamikaze pilots boarded military jets loaded with bombs and fuel for a one-way flight to plunge into enemy ships as “human bombs”. This is the true story of these pilots and the 15-year old girls who saw these soldiers off as they took off to their flights of death. The Awards Ceremony took place on May 3rd in New York.


New Spring Dramas

Information on Fuji Television’s new drama lineup has been updated. They are “Absolute Zero -Special Investigation Unit-” on Tuesdays at 9pm, “Team Batista 2”, on Tuesdays at 10pm, and “Hard to Say I Love You”, on Thursdays at 10pm. Aya Ueto stars in “Absolute Zero”, a drama about a rookie detective who tackles cold cases. “Team Batista 2” is the much-awaited sequel to the drama series aired in 2008. “Hard to Say I Love You” follows the lives of five people who meet on Twitter. Our Monday night drama, “Moon Lovers” starring Takuya Kimura, will begin in May. More information will be released soon. Don’t miss our exciting spring dramas.


New Japanese Gourmet Site on French Website

We are proud to announce that we have just launched a brand new gourmet site on our French website. It is named BIMI, meaning 'great food' in Japanese. Japanese food has spread over national boarders and specialties such as sushi and tempura are now hugely popular worldwide. However, through this site, we wish to show you what we prepare and eat in our everyday lives and also introduce various traditional food cultures. As a start, the site will have two special features: "Gourmet Manga" and "Blotter", a combination of blog + Twitter. We guarantee that by visiting this site, you will become a true Japanese cuisine gourmet!


Enjoy Our New Introduction Videos

We have renewed our company introduction videos on this website. To view the clips, click the "Introduction Video" banner on the upper left side of this page. There are 4 versions, "Headquarters", "Wangan Studio", "Technology" and "Media Group Power." Our company character, Laugh is your guide. By turning the pages of a fun-filled pop up book, he will take you on a lively tour through our facilities. Enjoy!


Haiti Earthquake Charity Drive

On January 12, Haiti was hit with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Houses collapsed, leaving many Haitians without homes. It is said that the quake killed millions of people. In an effort to help those in need, Fuji Television and its 27 affiliated stations have launched a charity drive. The donations collected will be sent to Haiti through UNICEF. As a leading Japanese broadcaster, Fuji Television is determined to continue taking part in charitable activities to contribute to the international society.


“Ginza Meza Marche” opens in Ginza

On January 22, “Ginza Meza Marche”, a shopping facility that sells local foods, drinks, and products from all 47 prefectures in Japan, opened in Ginza, Tokyo. This facility was produced by Fuji Television’s daily infotainment show, “Mezamashi TV”. In addition to the shops that sell local products, there are cafes, restaurants, and bars that offer menus made from ingredients gathered from all over Japan. The 14 floors in “Ginza Meza Marche” are filled with “Delicious Japan”!

Opening Hours
B1~10F 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
11F 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
12F ~ 13F 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Official Website (Japanese only)


Fuji TV Dominates Yearly Ratings

We are proud to announce that Fuji Television has won the ratings "triple crown" in all the three key categories for 2009. This marks our 6th consecutive year as ratings leader since 2004. The three categories are golden time (7pm-10pm), prime time (7pm-11pm) and the entire day (6am-midnight). We owe this accomplishment to the overwhelming support we have received from our viewers. More than ever, we are determined to strengthen our content production abilities to maintain our position as the leader of the broadcast industry.


Fuji TV's New Manifesto

In these times of change, Fuji TV as the leader of the broadcast industry reaffirms its social role and commitment to the public. Thus, we have adopted a new manifesto;
"We deeply recognize our social responsibilities and aim to be a loved and trusted TV station."
Based on this manifesto, we have also declared our specific goal
"We promise to act, thinking of what is important for the society, for the earth, and for you."
Last year, Fuji Television marked its 50th anniversary. This manifesto in our hearts, we will be taking a further step forward towards the next 50 years.


Nodame Cantabile Makes World Debut

Happy New Year!
The film adaptation of the hit comic-turned-television series, “odame Cantabile The Movie Part 1” was released on 409 screens across Japan on December 19th, and got off to a great start. It was recently announced that the movie will be released across Asia, where the franchise also has a strong fanbase.
The Asian film industry showed their interest immediately after the announcement of the film adaptation. The film is scheduled to be released in Hong Kong and Macau on March 4th, Taiwan on March 5th, and Singapore on March 11th. Additionally, countries including Korea are in the final stage of negotiations to welcome this fabulous film to their country.
The story follows a brilliant but quirky piano student, Megumi ‘Nodame’ Noda, played by Juri Ueno, and her aspiring conductor love interest, played by Hiroshi Tamaki. This was the first time ever that a film was shot within the historic "Wiener Musikverein".
We hope that 2010 will be a meaningful and prosperous year for you and that you continue to visit and support the Fuji Television English website


Fuji TV Year-End/New Year Info

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all had a wonderful year. This will be our last What’s New information for 2009. We would like to let you know that even during the New Year’s holiday, various Fuji Television events will be taking place. Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo will be performing from January 1st. At our headquarters, “Odaiba Ramen Park” is currently being held. Eight popular and best-selling ramen noodle shops are selling their delicious ramen at our headquarters. Come visit Odaiba and enjoy the ramen to keep yourself warm!
Thank you so much for visiting and supporting the Fuji Television English Website. We will be back next year to bring you more information about Fuji TV. Our first English blog in 2010 will be posted on January 4th. Have a happy new year!!
Corteo Official Website (English link available)
Odaiba Ramen Park Official Website (Japanese only)


Fuji TV Wins ATA Award!!

We are proud to announce that Fuji Television’s program, “Run for Money” received a 2009 Asian Television Award. The winners were announced at the Gala that took place on Thursday, December 3 in Singapore. Atsuya Takase, and Takashi Sasaya went up on the stage to receive their trophy. Meanwhile, “The Best House 1,2,3-The Discovery of a New Da Vinci?” was awarded as “Highly Commended”.
We feel extremely proud that our program received high acclaim at the prestigious Asian Television Awards. Fuji Television will continue planning and producing high-quality content that will satisfy not only Japanese viewers, but also our fans around the world.


Yoko Ono & SMAP singing “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)!!!

An early Christmas gift for you ; Yoko Ono and SMAP sing "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" together!

This "Very Special Performance" will be aired on Dec. 7, 2009 on SMAPXSMAP!!! Yoko and all members of SMAP will pray together for world peace, through the song "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)".

For the “Bistro SMAP” segment, we have an actor and actress as guests. Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno order Japanese noodles and a “hot-pot” which is in season now. Let's see how SMAP treats them!

They have co-starred in the latest film “Nodame Cantabile Finale-I” which will be released on Dec. 19, 2009 nationwide, while the sequel “Nodame Cantabile Finale-II” will be coming up in Spring 2010.

Yoko Ono, Hiroshi Tamaki, Juri Ueno and SMAP on “SMAPXSMAP”. Don't miss it at 10PM on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009!!!


Five Nominations at 2009 Asian Television Award

Fuji Television’s programs were nominated in 5 categories for the 2009 Asian Television Award. “Garden of the Wind” for best drama series, “Shabake Part 2: Usouso” for best single drama, “KABUKI: Behind the Scene of Heisei Nakamuraza” for best entertainment special, “The Best House 1,2,3-The Discovery of a New Da Vinci?” for best entertainment, and “Run for Money” for best game show. The winners of each category will be announced at the 2009 Asian Television Award Gala in Singapore on December 3rd.



This is a special episode from L.A. and Tokyo on Michael Jackson including the “This Is It” premiere from L.A., Lionel Richie, will.i.am, Jermaine Jackson, Kenny Ortega, and more! Masahiro Nakai, representing SMAP, was the only Japanese invited to the Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles which took place on October 27, 2009. His report on the entire event will be aired on the November 23rd episode of SMAPxSMAP. On the same day in Tokyo, we had Lionel Richie in our studio at Fuji TV as a very special guest together with the rest of the four SMAP members, while Masahiro Nakai was with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas at his house in L.A., who offered a song to SMAP. We connected L.A. and Tokyo live via satellite and recorded this precious talk session with Lionel Richie, will.i.am, and SMAP! Lionel talked about hidden stories for the very first time on how the legendary “We Are The World”, which Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie worked together very closely on was born, as well as on Michael himself. “Our appearance in SMAPxSMAP boosted our popularity! Why don’t we do it together Lionel?” said will.i.am. Lionel said “ will.i.am is one of the dearest fellows in L.A.!” They talked about their passion and love on music between Tokyo and L.A. We have more! An interview with Jermaine Jackson by Masahiro Nakai in L.A. Also, we have Kenny Ortega, who is known as the director for Michael’s “This Is It”, who will tell us hidden stories and show us exclusive unreleased footage!

Don’t miss the “Michael Jackson Special” on November 23, 2009!!!


Brad Pitt, Tarantino&Lionel Richie in “SMAPxSMAP”!

Brad Pitt will appear in the “SMAPxSMAP” show with Quentin Tarantino on Nov.16 2009! Very very first-time appearance on Japanese TV show! Very very first-time appearance in the “Bistro SMAP”!
“Bravo! Guys!” Brad was amazed by the very “Japanese” dishes prepared by SMAP members! Quentin Tarantino was so excited about their cooking and dishes!
Also, legendary Lionel Richie will sing “Say You Say Me” along with SMAP for the “Special Live” segment.
Don’t miss it!!!


Corteo’s Back in Tokyo!

This year, Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO attracted 400,000 people during its first Tokyo performance, 360,000 in Osaka, and 230,000 in Nagoya. Now, they’re back in Tokyo until January 24, 2010 to once again cause a great sensation. This performance commemorates the 50th anniversary of Fuji Television and the 25th anniversary of the world-famous entertainment group. Don’t miss their final performance in Tokyo, before the troupe heads to Fukuoka and Sendai.


Fuji TV’s “Scenic Clips” Available

Fuji Television can provide international producers with a wide variety of scenic clips filmed by our TV crew. Now, we are making these domestic and foreign scenic clips available for the international market. With these scenic clips, you can save your time and money without traveling to actual locations. Currently, this clip license sales is available for scenic clips only. Our scenic clips cover countless famous Japanese buildings and locations, animals, seasonal shots, aerial shots and more. The library also includes worldwide locations.
For further information, please click the “Scenic Clips” banner.


Fuji TV film, selected for Academy Awards

NOBODY TO WATCH OVER ME, Fuji's feature film released this January, has been selected as Japan's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film. Written and directed by Ryoichi Kimizuka, best known as the screenwriter for the mega-hit series, BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN, was awarded Best Screenplay at last year's Montreal World Film Festival. NOBODY TO WATCH OVER ME is a gripping tale of a younger sister of an accused killer, who is placed under protection of a detective, focusing on how brutal the "faceless mob" can be. Last year's Japanese submission, DEPARTURES, went on to win Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.


VILLON’S WIFE, awarded at Montreal

Fuji Television's film, VILLON'S WIFE, was awarded Best Director at this year's Montreal World Film Festival.
Director Kichitaro Negishi was present to accept the prize. Also attending the festivities was lead actor, Tadanobu Asano. VILLON'S WIFE is based on a short story by Japanese literary great, Osamu Dazai, to commemorate the centennial of his birth. It is a beautiful rendition of the relationship between a talented but destructive writer, and his faithful wife who comprehends his weaknesses and accepts him for who he is. The film is scheduled to be released nationwide on October 10th.


United States of Odaiba Ends in Huge Success

We would like to thank all of you for coming to United States of Odaiba, helping it end in a huge success. During the 44 days the event was held, 4,255,267 people visited Fuji Television to experience the big summer event. Fuji Television will continue to plan and produce exciting new events. Don’t miss them!


Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, now in theaters

The motion picture, “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story”, starring Richard Gere, is now in theaters. The film is based on a true story about a loyal dog named Hachiko, who goes to the train station every morning to see his master off. In the afternoon, Hachiko returns to the station alone to greet his master. Even after his master passes away, Hachiko continues to go to the station to look for his master... for nine years. From the Imperial Family, Princess Aiko, the Crown Prince and Princess visited a theater to watch the film. This was 7-year old Princess Aiko’s first experience to watch a movie at a theater. Being a dog-loving family themselves, it is said that they enjoyed watching the film.


Fuji TV’s official English blog starting!!

Come check out the first English blog ever written by a Japanese commercial broadcaster. It will be brought to you by employees of the International Department of Fuji Television, Japan's No.1 broadcaster located in Daiba, Tokyo. Learn the latest Japanese culture, lifestyle, entertainment, trends, and more, through their eyes. They will be updating the blog everyday, so why don’ t you bookmark it and become a big fan of Fuji TV?


Bookmark http://blog.fujitv.co.jp/airmail/


United States of Odaiba has Begun!!

Fuji Television’s summer event, “United States of Odaiba 2009” has begun. A huge nation filled with entertainment will be built in Odaiba from July 18th to August 31st, 2009. The nation is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. One day passports are 1,500 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for elementary and middle school students. One day passports that come with pool admission tickets are 2,500 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for elementary and middle school students. United States of Odaiba consists of four states: Odaiba State, Bayside State, Blueocean State, and Sunrise State. They’re all packed with different types of entertaining exhibitions of popular Fuji Television programs, stages for live performances, shops, events that focus on the global environment, and more!

For more information, access http://www.odaiba.com/index.html (Japanese only)


A possible new Da Vinci comes to Fuji TV!

“Madonna of Laroque”, a possible new Leonardo da Vinci painting discovered in France, is coming to Japan for the first time. It will be exhibited within HACHITAMA, Fuji Television’s symbol sphere, during the “United States of Odaiba” summer event. The painting was first introduced to the public through the Fuji Television program, “Best House 123” in November 2008. Is this in fact a discovery that da Vinci fans around the world have long been waiting for? Come see for yourself. You may become an eyewitness to history!


AMALFI Now in Theaters

The highly-anticipated film, AMALFI, a Fuji Television 50th anniversary commemorative feature film, has been released on 357 screens across Japan. It’s the first Japanese live-action film ever to be shot entirely in Italy. The film was invited to The Isola del Cinema Film Festival in Rome, Italy. Co-stars Yuji Oda and Yuki Amami were there to witness an audience of over 600 who gave them a standing ovation when the film ended. One major highlight of the film is Sarah Brightman, who made her Japanese movie debut portraying herself and performing the world-famous tune, “Time to Say Goodbye”.


Fuji TV remakes Hollywood Hit, “Sideways”

Fuji Television and Fox International will be remaking “Sideways,” the American comedy-drama feature film directed by Alexander Payne. The film won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 77th Academy Awards. The shooting took place in California’s Napa Valley, home to America’s finest wine. “Sideways” is about the road trip of two men and their encounter with two women and wine. It stars Fumiyo Kohinata, Katsuhisa Namase, Kyoka Suzuki, and Rinko Kikuchi, known for her role in “Babel.” The film is scheduled to be released this fall.


Fuji Television receives Japan Awards

Fuji Television has actively supported the promotion of art and culture to raise cultural awareness worldwide. Through the promotion of many international events, Fuji Television has put a strong emphasis on Italy, for its creativeness, originality, and rich entertainment. In honor of its commitment and accomplishment, Fuji Television received the Creator of Value award at the 1st Japan Awards, which recognizes organizations and individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Italy.


Cirque du Soleil's Corteo in Nagoya. Additional Tokyo Tour.

On May 5, Corteo’s Tokyo tour ended in a huge success. The 129 performances attracted over 400,000 fans. The show will be touring Nagoya from May 21 to July 12.

Thanks to the highly successful Tokyo tour, Corteo will be returning to Tokyo for additional performances. They will be held from November 4 to December 20, 2009.


Fuji TV Sphere Available for Use

Fuji Television’s symbol sphere named HACHITAMA is now available for use. Located on the 25th floor, HACHITAMA offers a spectacular view of the Tokyo Bay Area, Mt. Fuji, and the Tanzawa Mountain range. HACHITAMA offers various different plans, with or without food and beverages. The night view is perfect for hosting parties, live stages, and more. HACHITAMA is available for use from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays, and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays. For more information, call 81-3-5500-2565 or send an e-mail to hachitama@info.fujitv.co.jp


FNS Charity to Support the Republic of Sierra Leone

Since 1974, in cooperation with the Japan Committee for UNICEF, the Fuji Network System has continued to support disadvantaged children throughout the world. In 2007, the contributions collected through this campaign surpassed 3.4 billion yen. This year, the FNS Charity Campaign will be supporting the Republic of Sierra Leone in Western Africa. Even after the civil war ended in 2002, 70% of the population is still living in poverty and the country’s child mortality rate is the highest in the world. Fuji Television appreciates your cooperation. Check out the UNICEF website on how you can make a difference.


50th Anniversary Film AMALFI in Production

Production is currently underway for Fuji Television Network's upcoming film, AMALFI. The film is scheduled for a summer release, and will commemorate Fuji's 50th anniversary. The first Japanese live-action film ever to be shot entirely in Italy, AMALFI is an original story by Yuichi Shimpo, the best-selling author of WHITEOUT, and features a stellar cast lead by Yuji Oda, Yuki Amami, Erika Toda and Koichi Sato.
A suspense action thriller, AMALFI follows a kidnapping of a Japanese girl in Rome. http://www.amalfi50.jp/


Fuji Television 50th Anniversary

We are pleased to announce that Fuji Television marks its 50th anniversary on March 1. With your support and thoughtfulness, we have kept our position as the leading broadcaster in Japan. On this honored occasion, we express our sincere appreciation to you.
We will continue to work towards being Japan’s top media conglomerate by strengthening our creative content and fulfilling our social responsibility more than ever.
Thank you again for your continued support in the future.


Fuji TV documentary receives Gold Medal at New York Festival

"Inheriting a Kabuki Legacy - Ichikawa Ebizo: His Fate and Anguish" received a Gold Medal at the 2009 New York Festival in The Arts category. Since 1957, the prestigious New York Festival has recognized "The World's Best Work" in various television genres.
In this documentary, our camera followed Ichikawa Danjuro and Ichikawa Ebizo - father and son, as they work toward the first kabuki performance held at the Paris Opera House.


Nobody to Watch Over Me awarded at Montreal World Film Festival

Fuji Television Network's latest feature film, NOBODY TO WATCH OVER ME, opened January 24th on 292 screens nationwide.
Starring Koichi Sato and Mirai Shida, it depicts the relationship between a sister of a murderer and a policeman who must protect her from the angry public. This deeply compelling drama has received critical acclaim worldwide; the film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival, and more recently, a widely-popular film screened at the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
NOBODY TO WATCH OVER ME is also scheduled for release in Hong Kong and Singapore.


Cirque du Soleil's CORTEO, beginning soon!

Cirque du Soleil is back in Japan with its performance, CORTEO. This performance commemorates the 50th anniversary of Fuji Television and the 25th anniversary of the world-famous entertainment group.
Unlike other shows, CORTEO takes place in a huge theater-in-the-round. The artistic curtains that hang from the ceiling, breath-taking aerial performances, gorgeous costumes, and beautiful music. These are just some of the many highlights of this fabulous performance.
CORTEO will begin February 4 in Tokyo. Information on tickets and performances are available on the CORTEO website, www.corteo.jp


"SUSPECT X" grabs top slot at Hong Kong box-office chart

"SUSPECT X," Fuji Television's hit film that topped the domestic charts for 4 consecutive weeks, has made big waves in Hong Kong as well.
The film, which opened in Hong Kong on Christmas Eve on an initial 26 screens, became an instant sell-out, and climbed to the number one slot.
The immense popularity of the film in Hong Kong is partly attributed to the hit of the television series, GALILEO, which recently received an Asian Television Award in the "Best Drama Series" category.
"SUSPECT X" has grossed approximately 55 million dollars at the Japanese box-office to become the second highest-grossing live action local film of 2008.


The all-new Fuji Television Website!!!

Fuji Television's English website has been renewed. This all-new website you're looking at is filled with information on the scale and power of Fuji Television, Japan's leading commercial broadcaster. Our creative and synergistic partnerships with numerous international media outlets have helped us achieve worldwide recognition. Find out what makes Fuji Television the leader and why we are loved by so many viewers around the world. You're only a click away to the world of Fuji Television, where anything is possible!


"Galileo" receives Asian Television Award

Fuji Television's popular drama series, "Galileo," produced by Yoshihiro Suzuki and Tadashi Makino, received an Asian Television Award in the "Best Drama Series" category. This award recognizes and rewards program and production excellence in Asia. This year, 80 entries competed in the drama category, and 7 made it to the finals. Fuji Television's "Honkowa, True Horror Stories," "Truth that Vanished in the Sea," and "Nep League" have also received an Asian Television Award in the past.


Fuji Television's documentary nominated for International Emmy.

The Fuji Television documentary program, "Inheriting a Kabuki Legacy - Ichikawa Ebizo: His Fate and Anguish" was nominated for a 2008 International Emmy Award in the category of Arts Programming. On November 24th, producer, Hiroki Okada, and director, Nobuyuki Sasaki, attended the 36th International Emmy Awards Gala held at the New York Hilton Hotel. Fuji Television will continue submitting its programs to international competitions to promote and make known its high quality content.


The winter event, Hot Fantasy Odaiba has begun

It's the time of the year for the annual winter event, Hot Fantasy Odaiba, held at the Fuji Television headquarters in Daiba. Don't miss the beautiful fir tree decorated and lit up at the 1st floor plaza. Special events will be held that collaborate with popular Fuji Television programs to get visitors into the holiday spirit. Hot Fantasy Odaiba will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Sunday, January 4. Admission tickets are 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students. Spice up your holiday season with Hot Fantasy Odaiba. sound/news2.mp3


Enjoy Fuji TV On Demand

Now you can watch your favorite Fuji Television shows on the Internet. We are the first commercial broadcaster in Japan to offer on-demand, popular programs that are currently being aired on Fuji Television. To enjoy Fuji TV On Demand, all you need is a computer and access to the Internet. If you have a NTT DoCoMo mobile phone, you can enjoy Fuji TV On Demand anywhere, anytime. Check the Fuji Television website for details. This service is only available to viewers living in Japan.