The Hoso Bunka Foundation was founded in 1974 with Ichiro Nakagawa, an economist and honorary professor at Hitotsubashi University as President, and made the transition to a public interest incorporated foundation in April 2011. Throughout its 43-year history, the HBF has continued “providing grants for broadcast-related research and cultural projects” and “making honorable recognition of outstanding development of broadcast programs and broadcasting technology”. In addition, since 1996, the foundation has held “regional forums for producers” as a human resources program in Japan.
The “grant funding offered” has reached over 12.4 billion yen, well over the basic fund of the foundation. We will try our best and continue our broad-based support for the development and improvement of broadcasting culture.
The “HBF Prize award” has been highly regarded as an award with a history and tradition that opens the door not only to broadcasters but also production houses throughout Japan. It is quite characteristic that the award is given for various achievements in broadcast business and technological improvement, as well as for outstanding broadcast programs.
The “forums for producers” have been held at four districts in Japan (Northern Japan, Ko-shin-etsu, Chugoku-Shikoku, Kyushu-Okinawa), under the co-sponsorship with each regional executive committee, aiming at offering an occasion for producers to mingle with each other beyond the organizational boundaries between NHK and commercial broadcasters. I hope those young people will encourage one another by competing in mini-program contests and exchanging views, and will grow as superb broadcasters.
Besides the domestic activities, the HBF has contributed to the development and improvement of broadcasting culture abroad by offering the “Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize” to the winner of the TV Proposal division of the “Japan Prize,” an international contest for educational media organized by NHK, and by providing financial support for the ABU Prizes, an annual contest organized by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasters Union (ABU) in order to honor outstanding programs.
More than 60 years after the launch of television broadcasting, it has made tremendous progress, converting from black-and-white to color, from analogue to digital, and today, television broadcasting t is in the era of convergence and collaboration with communications, multi-media and multi-channels. The currently implemented test broadcasting of the 4K and 8K ultra high-definition technology is planned to move forward to the widely practical broadcasting phase within 3 years, in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will open a new page in the world of video expression and broadcasting culture.
In a climate of rapid change in the environment surrounding video and broadcasting, the HBF is determined to continue its activities while sensing any sign of change in a new “broadcasting culture”. I would appreciate your continued support.