Provision of the TV Program "Oshin" to Iraq
22 October 2003
- The Japan Foundation, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan and the state-run television station of Egypt, will provide the NHK TV program "Oshin" (Note 1) with subtitles in Arabic to the Iraqi Media Network (IMN) (Note 2) free of charge as a part of the reconstruction assistance to Iraq.
Note 1: 96 episodes of her childhood (About one third of the whole series).
Note 2: Broadcasts the TV and radio programs of the state-run TV and radio stations that used to be under the jurisdiction of the Information Ministry of Iraq.
- This assistance is a contribution in hopes that the people of Iraq will be able to carry out an enjoyable life, mentally as well, by providing a TV program to the IMN which still lacks adequate program broadcasting system.
"Oshin" is a nationally popular TV program in Japan and has been highly evaluated in 59 countries and regions in the world. Broadcasting of such a program would deepen the understanding of Japanese culture by the people of Iraq. It is also expected that the people of Iraq, who are working for the post-war reconstruction of their country, will be encouraged by watching the life of a Japanese woman living through a turbulent period and overcoming various challenges.
- Broadcasting is scheduled to start from the Holy month of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslim (starting around 26 October this year), when high television rating can be expected.
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