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TV Asahi
TV Asahi Holdings Corporation
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Terebi Asahi H?rudingusu
Nihon Educational Television Co., Ltd.
Asahi National Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
Traded asTYO: 9409
IndustryInformation, Communication
FoundedTokyo, Japan (November 1, 1957; 61 years ago (1957-11-01))
Headquarters9-1, Roppongi Rokuchome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
  • Hiroshi Hayakawa (Chairman and CEO)
  • Shinichi Yoshida (President and Representative Director)
  • Masaya Fujinoki (Senior Executive Director)
  • Toru Takeda (Senior Executive Director)
ProductsBroadcasting, TV program production, etc.
RevenueSteady¥235,398 million (FY 2010)
Increase¥9,851 million (FY 2010)
Increase¥7,013 million (FY 2010)
Increase¥309,871 million (FY 2010)
Increase¥242,863 million (FY 2010)
OwnerThe Asahi Shimbun Company (24.72%)
Toei (16.09%)
Murayama family (co-owner of Asahi Shimbun; 5% through Kosetsu Museum of Art)
Mizuho Trust & Banking (4.01% through Trust & Custody Services Bank)
Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting (3.2%)
Recruit (2.09%)
State Street BTC of Japan (2.02%)
The Asahi Shimbun Foundation (2%)
Northern Trust (1.92%)
The Master Trust Bank of Japan (1.77%)
Number of employees
1,148 (as of June 30, 2011)
ParentAsahi Shimbun (24.83%)
SubsidiariesTV Asahi Corporation
CS 110 Co., Ltd.
Flex Co., Ltd.
Japan Cable Television
Shin-Ei Animation
TV Asahi America Inc.
TV Asahi Music Co., Ltd.
TV Asahi Productions, Co., Ltd.
TV Asahi Service Co., Ltd.
Video Pack Nippon
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (10%)
TV Asahi Corporation
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Terebi Asahi
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryInformation, Communication
FoundedTokyo, Japan (October 15, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-10-15))
Headquarters9-1, Roppongi Rokuchome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
ProductsBroadcasting, TV program production, etc.
ServicesTelecasting, Program producing
RevenueIncrease¥267,928 million (2014)
Increase¥267,928 million (2014)
Increase¥11,678 (2014)
Increase¥317,239 million (2014)
Number of employees
4,021 (as of March 31, 2014)
ParentTV Asahi Holdings Corporation
SubsidiariesTV Asahi ASK Co., Ltd.
Shinei Video
TV Asahi Video Co., Ltd.
NJPW World

TV Asahi Corporation (, Kabushiki-gaisha Terebi Asahi), also known as EX and Tele-Asa (, Tere Asa), is a Japanese television network with its headquarters in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The company also owns All-Nippon News Network.


Sign of TV asahi in headquarters

In 2003, the company headquarters moved to a new building designed by Fumihiko Maki at: 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

Some of TV Asahi's departments and subsidiaries, such as TV Asahi Productions and Take Systems, are still located at TV Asahi Center, the company's former headquarters of 1986-2003. It is located at Ark Hills, not far from its headquarters.

View of TV Asahi headquarters


TV Asahi's annexe at Ark Hills, not far from its headquarters

TV Asahi began as "Nihon Educational Television Co., Ltd." (NET) (, Kabushiki-gaisha Nihon Ky?iku Terebi, "The Japanese Educational Television Company") on November 1, 1957. It was established as a for-profit educational television channel. At the time, its broadcasting license dictates that the network is required to devote at least 50% of its airtime to educational programming, and at least 30% of its airtime to children's educational programming. The station was owned by Asahi Shimbun, Toei Company, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and Obunsha.

However, the for-profit educational television model eventually proved to be a failure. In 1960, NET began its transformation into a general-purpose television station. It began to broadcast anime and foreign movies. So as not to run afoul of the educational TV license requirements, NET justified the airing of these programs under the pretext of "nurturing a child's emotional range" (?, Kodomo no j?s? ky?iku no tame) and "introduction of foreign cultures" (?, Gaikoku bunka no sh?kai). At the same time, NET also changed its common name from "Nihon Educational Television" to "NET TV" (NET).

Seven years later, in 1967, NET aired its first colour broadcast programme. Part of its transformation into a general TV channel would be the April 1971 premiere of the Kamen Rider Series by the Toei Company and creator Shotaro Ishinomori, the tokusatsu superhero series that would make the channel a national hit. It has been its home ever since, joined by yet another toku series, Super Sentai, in the spring of 1975 (KR left the channel in 1975, only to return in 2000). Aside from these two live action programs, which would become part of its flagship programming, due in part by the work done by Toei's animation branch, the 70s were also marked on NET with great animation classics of national fame, which aired one after the other in the channel and were even exported to other countries, many of these would be part of daily life and culture and helped introduce the world to the anime genre. Such animations put the channel in direct competition with other stations which broadcast similar programming.

NET's transformation into a general-purpose television station was complete by November 1973, when NET, along with educational channel "Tokyo Channel 12" (now TV Tokyo) in Tokyo applied and received a general purpose television station license. At the same time, NET renamed itself as NET General Television (NET), which subsequently became the "Asahi National Broadcasting Company, Limited" (?, Zenkoku Asahi H?s? Kabushiki-gaisha, commonly named "TV Asahi") on April 1, 1977. Five years later, TV Asahi became the official network, until 1999, for yet another Toei live action franchise, the Metal Hero Series.

In 1996, TV Asahi established the All-Nippon News Network (ANN) (, ?ru Nippon Ny?su Nettow?ku), and began a number of reforms, including the unification of all presentation styles on its regional networks and the creation of a new logo to give Asahi the look and feel of a national television network. On October 1, 2003, TV Asahi moved its head office from its Ark Hills Studio to Roppongi Hills, and the station was renamed "TV Asahi Corporation", with the name presented as "tv asahi" on-screen.

The transmission of international aquatics competitions, World Cup football matches, and creation of popular late-night TV programs contributed to a rise in ratings for TV Asahi, and lifted the TV station from its popularly ridiculed "perpetual fourth place" finish into second place, right behind Fuji TV, by 2005.

The station also launched its own mascot, G? EX Panda (, G? Ekkusu Panda), also known as G?-chan () G?-chan is currently seen on TV Asahi's opening sign-on ID.


TV Asahi's current branding were created by UK design collective Tomato (some members work as the electronic music group Underworld) along with TV Asahi's in-house design department in 2003. It comprises a set of computer-generated "sticks" in white background, which changes in colour and movement along with the background music that accompanies the idents. TV Asahi also uses a brief eyecatch of its sticks animation at the top-left of the screen after commercial breaks. The background music used for TV Asahi's sign-on and sign-off videos are Underworld's Born Slippy .NUXX 2003 and Rez. TV Asahi later updated its sign-on and sign-off video in 2008 with a revised version of computer-generated "sticks" animation and new background music. TV Asahi's slogan New Air, On Air appears at the top of its name. It can be seen on TV Asahi's YouTube channel, which in 2011-12, was replaced by its mascot, Go-Chan.

The company writes its name in lower-case letters, tv asahi, in its logo and public-image materials. Normally, the station branding on-screen appears as either "/tv asahi" or "tv asahi\". The station's watermark appearance is the stick at the top with the station's name at the bottom. The fonts used by TV Asahi for the written parts are Akzidenz Grotesk Bold (English) and Hiragino Kaku Gothic W8 (Japanese).[1]

TV broadcasting

Since 2004, the funding of this station is through sponsorship.

TV Asahi Logo.svg
Kant? Region, Japan
Brandingtv asahi

SloganNew Air, On Air.
ChannelsDigital: JOEX-DTV, Channel 24 (UHF - LCN 5)
TranslatorsHachi?ji, Tokyo
Analog: Channel 45

Tama, Tokyo
Analog: Channel 57
Chichi-jima, Ogasawara Islands
Analog: Channel 59
Mito, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 36
Digital: Channel 17
Hitachi, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 60
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Analog: Channel 41
Digital: Channel 17
Maebashi, Gunma
Analog: Channel 60
Digital: Channel 43
Chichibu, Saitama
Analog: Channel 38
Narita, Chiba
Analog: Channel 59
Tateyama, Chiba
Analog: Channel 60
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 60
Yokosuka-Kurihama, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 35
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 41
Digital: Channel 24
Kitadait?, Okinawa
Analog: Channel 48

Minami Daito, Okinawa
Analog: Channel 60
AffiliationsAll-Nippon News Network
OwnerTV Asahi Corporation
Founded1957; 62 years ago (1957)
First air dateNovember 1, 1957
Call letters' meaningJOEX = Japan'sOriginal Free-to-Air Educational TV Station
X (10, former channel assignment)
Sister station(s)BS Asahi
Tele Asa Channel 1
Tele Asa Channel 2
Zee Asahi
Former channel number(s)ch.# 10 (analog, 1957-2011), ch. #5 (digital)
Transmitter power10 kW (68 kW ERP)
Transmitter coordinates35°39?31?N 139°44?44?E / 35.65861°N 139.74556°E / 35.65861; 139.74556


(until July 24, 2011 only for 44 out of 47 prefectures)

JOEX-TV - TV Asahi Analog Television ()

  • Hachi?ji - Channel 45
  • Tama - Channel 57
Islands in Tokyo
  • Chichijima - Channel 59
Ibaraki Prefecture
  • Mito - Channel 36
  • Hitachi - Channel 60
Tochigi Prefecture
  • Utsunomiya - Channel 41
Gunma Prefecture
  • Maebashi - Channel 60
Saitama Prefecture
  • Chichibu - Channel 38
Chiba Prefecture
  • Narita - Channel 59
  • Tateyama - Channel 60
Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Yokohama-minato - Channel 60
  • Yokosuka-Kurihama - Channel 35
  • Hiratsuka - Channel 41
Okinawa Prefecture
  • Kita-Daito - Channel 48
  • Minami-Daito - Channel 60


JOEX-DTV - TV Asahi Digital Television ()

Ibaraki Prefecture
  • Mito - Channel 17
Tochigi Prefecture
  • Utsunomiya - Channel 17
Gunma Prefecture
  • Maebashi - Channel 43
Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Hiratsuka - Channel 24



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News programs

Sports programs

Quiz programs

Variety programs

Drama programs

Children programming

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