NHK debate program wants your opinion on major issues

NHK debate program wants your opinion on major issues

TOKYO —

NHK has been running a series of panel debate shows called “WISDOM” which covers globally relevant issues by holding a discussion among experts from around the world. Since 2010, they have covered a range of topics from economic crises, to Arab Spring, to bullying.

However, as of this year, they are planning on making an ambitious new addition to the program: YOU, if you’re willing.

Starting from their next episode titled “What Next for the Global Economy?” they are inviting everyone in the world to submit their opinions and suggestions for a truly global perspective on matters that affect all of us.

The next episode is scheduled to air on Jan 26 from 10 p.m. to 11:49 p.m. on NHKBS1, Japan’s public satellite broadcasting channel. It will also be re-aired in a condensed 49-minute form afterwards on NHK World.

Until then, you can visit the Global Debate Wisdom Facebook page which seems to be the main hub of the global discussions. Here you can watch two-minute “mini-episodes” which set the stage for the main discussion later in the month. There are also polls which you can participate and submit your own feelings.

The currently running questions are “Will you become happy and fulfilled as the global economy develops?” and “It is said that in the U.S., executives’ pay is 200 times more than that of average workers. How big a difference should this income gap be?”

The discussion is held in either Japanese or English. At the moment it appears the two-minute shows are only available in Japanese online. However, this program is still very early on and with the New Year’s holidays they may just be sluggish to get everything set up smoothly.

Even if you’re late to the Facebook discussion, the producers will still be taking people’s comments via Twitter during the live broadcasts using the hashtag #nhk_wisdom.

So rather than listening to so-called “experts” who tell you what they think you should know, it’s time for you to pull up your pundit pants and give them a piece of your global minds.

Source: NHK Press Release (Japanese)

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  • 1

    Yubaru

    Talking about the problems on BS......rather the program be on regular NHK and let the entire country see what's going on.

  • 1

    warispeace

    As usual, NHK likes to go more in depth on only international or global topics, not local issues, and they limit this to the satellite channel. BS news is NHK style...NHK style.

  • 0

    Novenachama

    What matters is Global issues concerning social, political, economic and environmental issues that affect us all. Let's talk and discuss about things that really matter and are important with substance that affect the human population locally and are shared among diverse human societies with our global community.

  • 0

    Skywards

    Pressing questions:

    How does Kohaku Uta Gassen reflect environmental values when confetti gets released, many singers have more than one costume during the show and the set uses lots of flashing screens and lights?

    How has Japan in the 21st century adapted Western business accountability practices to its own corporate world?

    Can NHK ask the Japanese people living in Tokyo without homes or jobs how the global economy has impacted their lives?

  • 0

    AustPaul

    I would love to see NHK do a show where ordinary folk, Japanese and foreign PR's, can have their say on issues affecting them in Japan...hey, maybe even throw some high ranking pollies in the mix too..

    Wishful thinking I know...

  • 0

    Aristoman

    I'm so done with NHK and mainstream media in Japan which were sucking on Tepco's milk all these years. What about they talk about real problems there.

  • 0

    johnnyG

    Let's debate the NHK "fee"/subsidy...!

  • 0

    johnnyG

    And of course, to make this global, debate that versus what happens in other countries.

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