Government announces rate of captioning and sign language programs broadcasted

On July 15, 2009, the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications announced results about the caption and the sign language broadcasting that each television bureau provided for the Deaf and hard of hearing viewers in fiscal year 2008.

NHK (National Broadcasting Company: Nippon Hoso Kyokai) and nine private broadcasters located in Tokyo and Osaka provided more captioning in the total broadcasting time than the previous year.

The highest rate of captioning was 50.9% provided by Fuji Television Network (digital). The lowest was 33.9% by Yomiuri Television.

The rate of the sign language broadcasting was highest 2.5% by NHK Educational Program (analogue), and the average of the private broadcasters to provide the sign language programs remained in 0.1%.

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