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Record entries for NHK’s Japan TV Prize

October 11, 2013

By Chris Forrester

Japanese public broadcaster NHK is again hosting Japan Prize for international educational broadcasting. The 40th edition of the contest will start selections next week (from October 17). As well as television programmes, the contest encompasses videos, movies, websites and other interactive materials with audiovisual content. The finalists will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 24th. Finalist works screening, presentation, and producers’ conference are scheduled during the event.

The Prize was designed to recognise and promote the development of educational programming around the world.

This year, the contest has attracted 331 entries from 57 countries and regions. It includes first-time entries from the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Palau.  There have been various entries targeted at children, such as philosophy and peer relationship-themed programs, and educational applications for tablet devices. Many of the entries targeted at adults focus on global issues, such as natural disasters and solitary deaths. There has also been a notable increase in high-level content suggesting that digital media, such as online study courses, are becoming more familiar as an educational tool.

The entries will be judged by a panel of 12 people from 10 countries and regions.

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