Thursday, August 19, 2004

Broadcasting in Japan on the Olympic Games

Japanese athletes have been doing well in judo, team gymnastics, breaststroke swimming, etc. in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Because of the time difference between Greece and Japan, we can watch live broadcasting of the Games mostly around the midnight. Many sports funs in this country are possibly spending daytime in a drowsy mood these weeks.

I notice however that the broadcasting of the Games by the public broadcasting company NHK is too nationalistic these days. They should more often show the scenes of good play by athletes from other countries. The Olympic Charter [1] says, "The Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries."
  1. Full text is available as a PDF file from the web page: International Olympic Committee - Organization - Missions.


  1. I know here in the U.S. that we have to get up absurdly early to watch live olympic action. We mostly get a later broadcast wich is ruined by online results showing the winner before we even get to see the competition. I do wish that the olypic competions were shown more broadly, not so U.S. heavy as it is here in the states but I know most of my fellow countrymen complain when the coverage is of other countries, its like they don't care what is going on if it does not directly realte to them. I feel that if people actually thought it through all of the competition in the Olympics realtes to them, because it is an international competition, when you participate in it you are placed compared to all other countries represented and that is who you are measuring yourself to. Thanks for your post, and best of luck to Japan in 2008. I hope to be there as a cyclist!

  2. Pablo: Thanks for your kind comment. I'm glad to learn that there is someone in the U.S. with the same opinion as mine with regard to this issue. Best wishes for your cycling.