Handover Ceremony of Japanese TV Program “Neko Samurai”


     On 15 August 2019, the Handover Ceremony of a Japanese TV Program “Neko Samurai” took place in the Embassy of Japan in Lusaka.
     Since 2008, Japan had provided a total of 26 Japanese TV programs including dramas and educational programs to Zambia’s leading TV stations, utilizing the Japan Foundation’s cooperation scheme. This is the second TV program to be presented to Q TV, following the handover of “Black Jack” in March this year.
     “Neko Samurai” is a story of Kyutaro with the background of the Edo Period around 18th century in Japan. The powerful samurai who has become unemployed one day gets a job; i.e. killing cats. However, this job makes Kyutaro’s life vibrant and lively. The broadcast rights fee borne by the Japan Foundation for this program is 1,080,000 JPY (about 133,000ZMW).
     At the handover ceremony, Ambassador Sobashima mentioned that, as this TV program had been enjoyed by a numerous number of Japanese people, he hoped that this would also be viewed and enjoyed by as many Zambians as possible. In response, Mr. Nelson Zulu, Station Manager, Q TV, stated that “Black Jack”, which was provided in March this year, had seen a great success and expressed his gratitude for the continued offer from Japan.
     It is hoped that this TV program will deepen understanding of Japan and its culture and arts by Zambians, help broaden the exchanges 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.