NHK to air news service in Myanmar

Channel to be offered by local provider Skynet

TOKYO — NHK, Japan’s giant pubcaster, launched its NHK World English-language service in Myanmar on Wednesday.

The service, which is on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is being offered by local provider Skynet to its 200,000 subscribing households.

Skynet is also beaming the Japanese-expat-targeted service NHK World Premium.

Although Japan has long had friendlier relations with the Myanmar regime than its close ally the U.S., such a launch would have been unthinkable until quite recently, with the country’s political and economic opening to the outside world.

NHK World TV broadcasts news mainly about Japan and the rest of the Asia, as well as cultural, lifestyle and other programming. It is can be seen in nearly 130 countries and regions around the globe.

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