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Au Revoir But Not Adieu

Sep 19, 2014

Hi everyone!
 
We are a little sad to say this but we wanted to let you know that, for the time being, we are no longer going to post new entries on this blog. Instead, our facebook page will be updated more regularly and frequently with our latest news, tidbits and snippets of the behind-the-scenes stories no one but only Fuji TV staff and employees can tell. This blog and all of its content are not going anywhere, so if you wish you may reach the blog from Fuji TV’s English website in the archive section with other contents from the past.
 
Please let us take this opportunity to mention that we greatly appreciate for your continuous readership and support all through the years. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading out posts as much as we enjoy posting them, and we also hope that you’ll continue to visit us on facebook as well as our website so that you can keep on top of all the great things we’re up to!


A big thank you once again to all our wonderful readers. See you again on our facebook/website!



 

With much love,
from all of us at the International Department, Fuji TV
 

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A very special drama series “ Nobunaga Concerto” coming up this October!

Sep 16, 2014


Today I want to introduce one of the newest drama series which is about to come on the air on Monday, October 13th.

The title of this special drama series which celebrates Fuji Television’s 55Th anniversary is “ Nobunaga Concerto”, starring a very talented actor, Shun Oguri.

What is so special about “Nobunaga Concerto” is that this is the very first collaboration of an animation, a drama series, and a movie ever delivered in the Japanese broadcasting industry . Based on the highly acclaimed comic by Ayumi Ishii, firstly, the animation version hit the air this summer, and after this drama series, there comes the big screen movie like an epic entertainment relay.

The story is about a just average young man Saburo who happens to travel through time back to the late 16th century and becomes the controversial historical hero, Nobunaga Oda ,who was a powerful samurai daimyo(feudal lord) and warlord of Japan.

Innocent Saburo faces the dilemma that he can hardly understand the virtues such as samurai spirit in an ethical view of a modern person living in the 21st century.
This drama series illustrates such Saburo’s dilemma, friendships, relationships, and finally, his determination to unify Japan near the end of the Warring States period.

The leading actor, Shun Oguri comments about participating in this project : “Nobunaga being portrayed in ‘Nobunaga Concerto’ is slightly different from the image I have had. But, since I have always wanted to act mysterious Nobunaga Oda for such a long time or at least once in a life time, when I was offered this role, I just jumped at it like ‘why not?’. My father is a history enthusiast, and after reading the comic, he even told me that this story is intriguing, which gave me a supportive push, too.”


Moreover, a very beautiful Kou
Shibasaki will act an appealing character.




Regardless whether you are an avid history fan or not, I promise there are lots of aspects you may sympathize with in this drama series.



“Nobunaga Concerto” starts on Monday, October 13th.  Just look forward to it!


Starring: Shun Oguri , Kou Shibasaki, Takayuki Yamada etc.
OA: October 13th〜 Every Monday 21:00〜
Official Site:  http://www.fujitv.co.jp/nobunaga-concerto/index.html


gettough


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”Public Annoucing Experience for Kids” at Odaiba New World

Sep 8, 2014

It’s been a busy summer for us here at Fuji TV with Odaiba New World as well as in terms of our CSR activities as you may have noticed through various blog entries and facebook posts. As a company, CSR has always been something that’s important; and with Tokyo being chosen to host the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic in 2020, we have launched a brand new program for kids at this year’s Odaiba New World.



Entitled as “Public Announcing Experience for Kids,” this program was implemented through collaboration between the Sales, News, CSR, as well as the International departments of Fuji Television. Not only it provides both exciting and educational experience to children of all ages, the intention behind the launch of this program is to increase Japanese children’s focus on internationalization and volunteer work by allowing them to make event-wide public announcements in both Japanese and English.








The program was held once a week during the event period of Odaiba New World, 6 times in total. In each session, 8 lucky participants between the ages of 8 to 15 who applied through the event’s official website are chosen by a completely random selection. (In the end, we received nearly 600 applicants altogether.)
 
Before the children make the event-wide announcement, they attend a special announcing class to learn the basics of being an announcer. The first part of the class is focused on Japanese announcement. The instructor for the Japanese announcing class is of course, one of Fuji TV’s professional announcers. Kids and their parents were both excited to meet the announcers who they are used to watching on TV screen and receive hands-on and in-person instructions from them.
 







Look how focused and engrossed the kids are in the activity! After a mere 40 minutes of class time, the kids’ announcements improved dramatically.
The second part is a class for announcing in English. The instructor for the English part is Mr. Nelson Babin-Coy.


If you hear him speaking, you might recognize his voice from somewhere. As a matter of fact, he is a professional musician and appears regularly on various TV shows. On top of that, he’s the narrator of the videos on our website!



Some kids were a bit shy at first when speaking in English, but Nelson-sensei sure knew how to make them feel relaxed with his cheerful, upbeat attitude and fun singing exercise accompanied by wonderful guitar performance.
 



After the announcing class, kids finally move down to the a special set based on a popular Fuji TV news program “Super News” located at the first floor entrance of the main Fuji TV building. This is where the kids make the public announcement that all visitors of Odaiba New World can hear.








Their announcements sounded perfectly clear and professional. In all 6 sessions of the program, it was always amazing and touching for us staff to see the progress all of the kids have shown. We hope that the predicating kids and their family members were able to take back some memorable moments with them from this experience.
 
A big, big round of applause to all the kids, for they truly put on a great performance!

 
-nori

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Fuji TV’s Community Clean-up Activity

Sep 5, 2014

Dear friends,

As one of our CSR efforts, Fuji TV has been conducting a bi-weekly cleanup activity in the area surrounding our headquarters in Daiba since October 2010. On this day, about 80 staff and employees from 17 affiliated companies of the Fuji Media Holdings group volunteered to take part in this activity.
 
Under the blazing sun of summer, the temperature soared up to 31 degrees Celsius. Before heading out in the scorching heat, everyone prepared themselves by wearing hats and/or scarves around their necks to fight the heat and grabbed two garbage bags to separate trash properly, a tong, as well as a water bottle in order to stay hydrated. Then off we went!

 


 


We go out not only the surroundings of our headquarters, but also to the areas around the neighboring hotels and shopping malls, looking for any trash we can pick up. It may seem like it would be hard to find trash in Daiba, but if you take a look carefully at the shrubs by the streets or around the public benches, you will find many of litters. Among them are unfinished plastic bottles, empty cans, snack bags, etc. And what we found the most were cigarette butts.
 
The reason for cigarette littering is due to the fact that with the growing trend of anti-smoking, it has become quite difficult to find designated smoking areas and there are very few ashtrays for smokers placed in public.



 



As you know, at Daiba, you are greeted by the stunning panoramic view of Tokyo Bay overlooking the Shibaura waterfront area. It’s exceptionally beautiful at night as you can admire the Rainbow Bridge lit up in the darkness and glittering Tokyo skyline. Such night scenery is so romantic that it has the magic charm of making young couples fall in love instantly.
 
Perhaps a man was smoking his cigarette as he carefully thought about what to say to his girlfriend while gazing at the night views. Picturing such situation in my mind, it made my heart feel warm.
 
By the end of the activity, we collected as many as twenty one 70-liter bags of trash altogether. As the saying goes, “Many a little makes a mickle”!




 
We worked up a good sweat, the streets looked nice and clean, and this activity further strengthened our community bond. It gave us a great feeling afterwards!
 
With the summer coming to an end, the leaves begin to change colors here in Daiba. Daiba in fall is also filled with charm and attractions. We are looking forward to welcoming you here as we keep this area safe, clean, and beautiful through our community cleanup activity. Please come by and say hello!
 
 

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Summer Memories

Sep 2, 2014

Hello everyone!  This is Bruno.

Near the end of August, the temperature dropped in Tokyo and there were a couple of opportunities for me to wear long-sleeved tops.
I can feel that summer will be ending soon. How did you enjoy summer?
For me, going to the beach with friends and spending all day at a cafe on shore was quite memorable.


In late August, I enjoyed a fireworks event at home with glasses of beer in my hand.


"Odaiba New World," Fuji TV’s summer event which was held near our headquarters arrived at its final day on August 31. Many people came to the fun-filled annual event and I suppose they must have made pleasant memories to remember it by.


To conclude, I will finish with a food photo which you may have come to expect from me now. It is a tempura of “Ayu,” (sweetfish) which are in season during summer. It was the most impressive dish I ate last month as it seemed to be still swimming on the dish.


 

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