Featured Programs


©2020 "We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous" Film Partners
Set in Kyoto and Sakai, Norio Koike (Kiichi Nakai) and Sasuke Noda (Kuranosuke Sasaki) meet again and team up for tea ceremony master Shigenari Furuta's chaki (containers used in tea ceremony). They get involved with mysterious woman Shino (Ryoko Hirosue).

12/ 17 (Sat) 8:45PM(ET) /5:45PM(PT)
Keisuke Kuroda (Kiichi Nakai) wakes up in a hospital bed and he is unable to remember who he is. then he realizes he is the prime minister of Japan, but his approval rating is the lowest in history.The only people aware that Keisuke Kuroda lost his memory are his three secretaries, one of them is Isaka (Dean Fujioka). Keisuke hides his memory loss from everyone else including his wife Satoko (Yuriko Ishida). He thinks about making changes to the country.

12/ 25 (Sun) 2:00PM(ET) /11:00AM(PT)
Kingo Shimura (Kiichi Nakai) serves his lord Naosuke Ii (Kichiemon Nakamura), but Naosuke Ii is killed by ronins from the Mito Domain. He is not allowed to kill himself and receives a secret order to exact revenge. Kingo Shimura travels for 13 years to find the last enemy. That person is a samurai named Jyubei Sahashi (Hiroshi Abe).

©2021 "THE FABLE : The Killer Who Doesn't Kill" Film Partners
Akira (Junichi Okada) is the legendary killer known as The Fable. Following the order of his boss, he lives peacefully with his partner Yoko (Fumino Kimura) as ordinary siblings. Akira still works at design company Octopus with CEO Takoda (Jiro Sato) and employee Misaki (Mizuki Yamamoto), they are unaware of Akira's background as an assassin. Meanwhile, Utsubo (Shinichi Tsutsumi) is a representative for an NPO. But, he works with contract killer Suzuki (Masanobu Ando) to set people up for extortion purposes. They target someone at design company Octopus.


12/ 2 (Fri) 9:45PM(ET) /6:45PM(PT)
NHK's 107th drama serial is a story about Mai, a shy heroine who admires the sky and becoming a pilot. Struggling to achieve her dream of flying, she builds bonds with various people in Higashi Osaka, a manufacturing town, and Goto Islands in Nagasaki, rich in nature. Eventually she finds the dream for the sky in a new way.

12/ 2 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Ayumi Nasuda (Masaki Okada) is an excellent nurse, worked as a nurse practitioner in USA, but he had to return to Japan, where the status of the nurse is to just follow doctors' orders.Ayumi begins to work at a general hospital, then meets Shizuka Kuki (Kiichi Nakai) therel. Shizuka is a 60-year-old nurse and quite mysterious. He does have overwhelming skills and he gets along with doctors, but when it comes to patients he does not hesitate to make biting remarks...

12/ 3 (Sat) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)
The Special Mission Task Team is not considered as important as it might sound. It's positioned in the lowest section of the Metropolitan Police Department and headed by Ukyo Sugishita (Yutaka Mizutani). Together with his partner, Kaoru Kameyama (Yasufumi Terawaki), this team is Japan’s version of The Odd Couple, solving clueless cases in original and outrageous ways.

12/ 4 (Sun) 8:00PM(ET) /5:00PM(PT)
Minamoto no Yoritomo rose an army in 1180 to destroy the Taira clan, and became Shogun of the newly established Kamakura shogunate. This is a historical drama depicting the story after the mysterious death of Yoritomo. 13 lords who supported Yoritomo in the battle compete for the next power. The story spotlights Hojo Yoshitoki, the youngest among the 13, who worked as the closest aide of Yoritomo during the battle.

©2022WOWOW / FINE Entertainment
In 1990, Hagizaki, Tatsuo(Kotaro Koizumi), the accounting dept. chief of Ukishima Electric, was busy negotiating on getting a loan together with Sekino, the company's general manager. Sekino got involved in a 200 million yen fraud and he later disappeared with the loan. The company decides to cover up the incident to protect its image, but Hagizaki wants to get to the bottom of the matter with the help of his newspaper reporter friend, Muraki...

12/ 6 (Tue) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Having giving up on her child with an unfaithful lover, a desperate woman decides to run away with the baby that her lover has with his wife... What is it to live as a mother and a woman? This is a five-and-a-half-year fugitive story about a mother and daughter who transcend blood ties.

©Fuji Television Network, Inc.
12/ 7 (Wed) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Takeshiro Shikota (Ryo Yoshizawa) is a pediatrician in Hokkaido. One day, Takeshiro is transferred to the newly established PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). There, Takeshiro meets Dr. Hajime Ueno. Hajime is a pioneer in his field and hopes to establish PICU all over Japan. He came to Hokkaido from Tokyo to establish PICU, which can use a medical jet plane to cover the vast area of Hokkaido. Meeting with Hajime changes Takeshiro's life as a pediatrician.

Kihei (Okuda Eiji), a wholesaler of medical drugs in Nihonbashi, is on the verge of death. His daughter Oshino (Kuninaka Ryoko) sends a messenger to pick up her unfaithful mother Osono (Akiyoshi Kumiko) at a second house, but she does not show up. Oshino carries Kihei to see her mother, but he dies on the way. Keeping her father’s will to herself, Oshino meets her mother, and she finds out about a secret concerning her birth. At that night, the second house caught fire and three corpses are found...

©Chika Tsubouchi/GHIBLI ©NIPPON TV
12/ 8 (Thu) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Nodoka Iwasaki (Nao) is a single mother, with a son. She has recently moved to a port city and experiences a hard time adjusting to the area.One day, Nodoka meets fisherman Hiroshi Kataoka (Shinichi Tsutsumi) at the hotel where she works. Circumstances leads Hiroshi to praise Nodoka’s resourcefulness and he asks her to work for the fisherman. Nodoka doesn't know anything about the fishing industry, but she decides to work for the fisherman.

©ABC TV・tv asahi・松竹
12/ 10 (Sat) 8:00PM(ET) /5:00PM(PT)
Inokichi (Kishi Yuta), who works under constable Watanabe Shogoro (Higashiyama Noriyuki) of the Honmachi Magistrate’s Office arranged a group, called Bankuru to accuse of wrongdoing by graffiti, and start get popular.Not even Shogoro had foreseen that the appearance of Bankuru, but It would be the beginning of a new tragedy...

12/ 24 (Sat) 8:30PM(ET) /5:30PM(PT)
Part 2 will be aired next day.

12/ 26 (Mon) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
A drama based on a true story of a Japanese ophthalmologist Tadashi Hattori. For over 15 years, he has carried out free eye operations for poor Vietnamese patients. Hattori (Gaku Hamada) goes to Vietnam as a volunteer at a Vietnamese doctor’s earnest request. But all he saw there was poor medical environment and cultural gap. One day, he meets a boy on the verge of blindness due to eye disease.

12/ 28 (Wed) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

Unsolved Cases
12/ 30 (Fri) 8:30PM(ET) /5:30PM(PT)


12/ 3 (Sat) 1:50PM(ET) /10:50AM(PT)

Ninomiya, Kazuya Part1
12/ 5 (Mon) 8:00PM(ET) /5:00PM(PT)
Veteran rakugo storyteller Shofukutei Tsurube travels across Japan with a personality, introducing families they meet along the way. Part 2 will be aired next week.

The show is MC-ed by comedian Hiroiki Ariyoshi. The mascot character "Kaneo-kun", who loves money, visits various places, including popular visiting locations, and looks into different phenomena to learn how money plays a role. The undertaking help unravel unexpected trends in society. The program, which can be enjoyed by every member of the family, offers much food for thought.

12/ 6 (Tue) 12:05AM(ET) /9:05PM(PT)
Various cultural aspects of Japan are being accepted as cool by foreigners. "COOL JAPAN" is a show that excavates cool aspects of Japanese culture and attempts to explore their charm and secrets by making full use of the perception of foreigners.

Sensitivity to Cold
12/ 7 (Wed) 8:55PM(ET) /5:55PM(PT)
A unique theater show in which the showman chooses one item of the world and presents how to use or operate it with some surprising facts and useful tips that might 'update' your life.

Gifu vs. Tochigi
12/ 13 (Tue) 8:55PM(ET) /5:55PM(PT)

12/ 15 (Thu) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
'UMR' is an imaginary association that identifies 'Big 3s' of the world in various categories. The members discover another figure that is as valuable as the 'Big 3' figures, to create the new lists of 'Big 4s.'

12/ 16 (Fri) 8:50PM(ET) /5:50PM(PT)
Whether on land, at sea, or in the air, the world is full of mysteries and adventures waiting to be experienced. The Quest will travel anywhere in the world for the chance to take on any challenge, in a way that will surely make you laugh! It just might be the first program to sucessfully combine variety, science, and comedy!

12/ 19 (Mon) 8:00PM(ET) /5:00PM(PT)

Featuring actor Takayuki Yamada as a speaker, this TV series anthropomorphizes plants boldly and depicts it strange and mysterious life. Both unpredictable drama story written by Takeshi Takemura and full-scale biology images by visual professionals lead us into the fascinating botanical world.

12/ 21 (Wed) 8:55PM(ET) /5:55PM(PT)
An informational variety show that finds tips only 30% of Japanese know via large-scale surveys. MC:Shinya Ueda&Teppei Arita (Cream Stew)

Pre-recorded NHK Newcomer Entertainer Award 2022. This contest, which has sent a number of comedians to stardom, is now regarded as the gateway to success for newcomers. Enjoy performance of comic story-tellers that have passed the preliminaries and are competing for the grand prix.


12/ 31 (Sat) 9:45AM(ET) /6:45AM(PT)
When temple bells toll to bid farewell to the ending year and welcome the New Year, people look back on various incidents of the year 2022 and contemplate over the coming year. This program offers live reports from all around Japan.


12/ 3 (Sat) 8:30PM(ET) /5:30PM(PT)
Tan Tan's Diary: We just Want you to Stay Relaxed as Usual, A 27-year-old granny panda Tan Tan, who came to the Kobe Oji Zoo in Hyogo Prefecture from China 20 years ago, got a serious heart disease last year. The zoo keepers, seeing her health condition gets worse day by day, are forced to choose the treatment that has never undertaken even in her home country, China. This documentary follows Tan Tan and her keepers who stay with her through the 500 days fight against the disease.

Supports for Children with Developmental Disabilities
12/ 3 (Sat) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Do you have a favorite thing that you are passionate about? Children with developmental disabilities who are crazy about their favorite things teach us importance of “likes”. This program closes in on these 4 elementary and junior high school students and listen to their straight voices. Through supports for children with developmental disabilities, think about tips on how to live and child-rearing that are needed in the future.

12/ 4 (Sun) 7:10PM(ET) /4:10PM(PT)
Comedian Tamori takes you on a tour to offer a glimpse of history hidden in modern scenes.

12/ 4 (Sun) 8:47PM(ET) /5:47PM(PT)

Humanity vs. Wildfires
12/ 4 (Sun) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Wildfires are closely linked to the climate change and global heating. UNEP has warned that if the situation continues, the number of wildfires will rise to 57% by 2100. NHK crew closely follows CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) and a local firefighter team in California, U.S.A, one of the world’s most fire-prone areas, and reports at forefront of the fight against huge fires. The program also unravels the scientific mechanisms that cause huge fires and explores ways to control them.

Documentary and drama series that discover the dramatic women who ushered in a new era, and features up-and-coming actresses who play them.

Japan is consisted of more than 6800 islands. This is a variety program exploring isolated islands where only a few families live in. Looking at local people’s daily lives, it discovers unknown history of the islands and the reasons why they settled down there.

12/ 9 (Fri) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)
The topics in Japanese economy that the news won’t cover are explored by Ryu Murakami, Eiko Koike and a variety of entrepreneurs. This is a talk show for mature audiences hosted by a novelist Ryu Murakami and an actress Eiko Koike. The personal stories and life philosophies told by these great entrepreneurs themselves are sure to give a new insight to life.

12/ 10 (Sat) 6:45PM(ET) /3:45PM(PT)
The series explores the amazing stories of animals in Africa, the Americas and Asia, including Japan.

12/ 10 (Sat) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

Nebuta Festival
12/ 13 (Tue) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)

"Handmade Soba Noodles"
12/ 16 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
How wonderful if the famous chefs of different restaurants gather and hold a private banquet! This program makes such amazing dream banquets come true.


"Pork Cutlet"
12/ 23 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

12/ 23 (Fri) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)
This program reveals current social and business topics in Japan.

12/ 24 (Sat) 7:15PM(ET) /4:15PM(PT)

12/ 30 (Fri) 7:30PM(ET) /4:30PM(PT)
Japanese vocal group the Gospellers, who are echo enthusiasts, visit places around Japan with unique echoes, and recognize them as “Echo Heritage”. This time, they travel to the Lake Biwa Canal, Toji Temple, and former Butokuden hall in Kyoto, and sing famous Japanese songs!

Unsolved Cases
12/ 30 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)


12/ 4 (Sun) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)

12/ 13 (Tue) 8:00PM(ET) /5:00PM(PT)
Enka singer Hikawa Kiyoshi (kii) hosts a house party welcoming guests with food and songs.


The Kanto Confrontation Game Group League "Meiji Univ." vs "Waseda Univ." at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
12/ 3 (Sat) 2:45AM(ET) /11:45PM(PT)