Television broadcasting in Japan started in 1939. This beginning marked the country as one of the first in the world with an experimental television service. One of the founders of television in Japan is Kenjiro Takayanagi, who was a teacher at Hamamatsu Technical High School. He began his experiments during the late Taisho Era. In 1928, Takayanagi conducted a successful public demonstration using the Braun tube (early Cathode-Ray Tube) system at a television conference at the Tokyo branch of the Electrical Academy in Kanda. In 1960, Japan became the third nation in the world to have color television, following the United States and Cuba. One of the first Japanese-made color sets available was the 1960 Sharp.
The transmission and display system used in Japan is a modified version of the North American NTSC standard for analog signals, called NTSC-J. As for the TV networks, there are ix television networks nationwide: TV Tokyo Network / TX Network (TXN), Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Nippon News Network (NNN), Japan News Network (JNN), Fuji News Network (FNN), and All-Nippon News Network(ANN).
The most popular types of Japanese TV shows include variety shows, dramas, news, sports programs, and trivia shows. The concepts of many Japanese shows are very original, and they usually contain an education component concerning nature, history, science, and other cultures. Usually, the most popular entertainers appear during prime time in rather scientific programs on commercial channels.
Apart from educational shows, Japan also has a long history of producing science fiction series for TV. Some of the most famous are anime, commonly defined as animation originating in Japan.
As mentioned, internet TV is a growing fad. Now, you can watch Japanese television online, as well as thousands of other TV channels that you may not see in your regular television.
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