March 2020

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Multi-lingual information gathering in the event of a disaster with the NHK WORLD-JAPAN official app


Many foreigners worry about how they can get the information they need if a natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon occurs. To solve this problem, we recommend the official app of NHK’s international broadcasting channel, NHK WORLD-JAPAN. Just download the free app to your smartphone or tablet, and you can easily access information in multiple languages. NHK WORLD-JAPAN provides a variety of services through this app, and we’ll take a closer look at the ones designed to help protect you in a disaster this time.

Providing disaster information as English language news

The latest disaster information provided by NHK’s international broadcasts of English language news is viewable in a live streaming format. This stream can also be viewed with AI subtitle translations.
Subtitle supported languages: Chinese (Simplified / Traditional), French, Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Push notifications for emergency disaster information

Automatic smartphone notifications for emergency information related to earthquakes and tsunami such as warnings and advisories issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Supported languages: English, and Chinese (Simplified / Traditional).

Distributing the latest news in multiple languages

The app can be set to 17 different languages, enabling users to check the latest NHK news in the language of their choice.
Supported languages: Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, English, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Burmese, Hindi, French, Vietnamese, Persian, Bengali, Portuguese, and Russian.

In addition, NHK WORLD-JAPAN also distributes disaster information on social media.

When a major disaster occurs, acquiring accurate information as fast as possible and calmly determining what actions to take is crucial. With the NHK WORLD-JAPAN app, you can check information in multiple languages, so foreigners should definitely download it in advance to prepare. Naturally, this app comes in handy when disasters occur, and not only that, it can also be used to enjoy on-demand TV and radio programs in a variety of genres!

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*Please see the following website for further details.

Tokyo International Communication Committee

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