Handover Ceremony of Japanese TV Programs
On 12 July 2018, the Handover Ceremony of three Japanese TV Programs “Here Comes Asa”, “Downtown Rocket”, and “Chibi Maruko Chan” took place in the Embassy of Japan in Lusaka.
Since 2008, Japan has continuously provided Japanese TV programs to major TV stations in Zambia, and MUVI TV has received a total of 10 programs including educational programs and dramas from 2010 until last year.
“Here Comes Asa” is a drama of a colorful female entrepreneur Asa, modelled on a real Japanese female entrepreneur, Asako Hirooka, in late 19th century Japan.
“Downtown Rocket” is a drama of a space science researcher Kohei Tsukuda, who succeeds a small engine factory from his father, and then struggles to maintain his factory and pursue his dream of making a rocket engine.
“Chibi Maruko Chan” is an anime of a 9 year old girl, who is lazy and cheeky, and loves to plan some smart tricks, but also values friendship and her family.
At the ceremony, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, on the occasion of handing over the programs, mentioned that, as these TV programs have been enjoyed by millions of Japanese people, he hopes that these will also be viewed and enjoyed by as many Zambians as possible. In response, Mr. Seidlitz Nkhonjera, General Manager, MUVI TV, who offered his sympathy to the victims of heavy rains and floods in Western Japan, expressed his gratitude for the provision of the programs.
It is hoped that the provision of the TV programs will contribute to deepening understanding of Japan and its culture and arts by Zambians, help broaden the exchange between Zambia and Japan, to further strengthen the friendship between the Two Countries.
To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.