It was 1939 when television broadcasting began in Japan. This beginning marked the country as one of the first in the world with an experimental television service. Kenjiro Takayanagi, a teacher at Hamamatsu Technical High School, was one of the founders of television in Japan. He began his experiments during the late Taisho Era, and 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 the year 1928. In 1960, Japan became the third nation in the world to have color television, with the United States and Cuba as the first and second. One of the first Japanese-made color sets available was the 1960 Sharp.
Japan uses a transmission and display system that is a modified version of the North American NTSC standard for analog signals, and calls it NTSC-J. As for the TV networks, there are ix television networks nationwide: Japan News Network (JNN), Fuji News Network (FNN), TV Tokyo Network / TX Network (TXN), All-Nippon News Network(ANN), Nippon News Network (NNN), and Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK).
The most popular types of Japanese TV shows include variety shows, news, trivia shows, sports programs, and drama. The concepts of many Japanese shows are very original, and they usually contain an education component concerning science, nature, history, and other cultures. The most popular entertainers usually appear during prime time in rather scientific programs on commercial channels.
But apart from educational shows, Japan also has a long history of producing science fiction series for TV. Some of the most famous are anime, which are commonly defined as animation originating in Japan.
While it is now a popular hobby to watch Japanese TV online, you have to look back and take a glimpse at the colorful history of Japanese TV.
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