Handover Ceremony of Japanese TV Programme “Astro Boy”


     On 26 March 2019, the Handover Ceremony of a Japanese TV Programme “Astro Boy” took place in the Embassy of Japan in Lusaka.
     Since 2008, Japan has continuously provided a total of 17 Japanese TV programmes to major TV stations in Zambia, and MUVI TV has received a total of 13 programmes including educational programmes and dramas from 2010 until last year.
    “Astro Boy” is a science fiction animation featuring a humanoid robot named “Atom”, who has the strength of 100,000 horsepower. Maintained by Dr. Ochanomizu, Atom fights evil men to save our planet Earth. Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, who handed over the programme, himself enjoyed viewing “Astro Boy” on the TV when he was a child.
     At the handover ceremony, Ambassador Sobashima mentioned that, as the TV programme had been enjoyed by millions of Japanese people, he hoped that this would also be viewed and enjoyed by as many Zambians as possible. In response, Mr. Seidlitz Nkhonjera, General Manager, MUVI TV, introduced that the three TV programmes, which had been provided to the TV station from the Embassy of Japan last year, were very popular and expressed his gratitude to Japan for the continued provision of TV programmes.
    It is hoped that this TV programme will deepen understanding of Japan and its culture and arts by Zambians, help broaden the exchange between Zambia and Japan, and further strengthen the friendship between the two countries.
     To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this event, please click here.