1925–1946 1946–1962 1962–1995 1967 (unused) 1973 (unused) 1995–2020 2020–present
1925–1946 1946–1962 1962–1995 1967 (unused) 1973 (unused) 1995–2020 2020–present

NHK (abbreviated from 日本放送協会, and officially known as in English: Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is a Japanese public organization which has always been known by Romanized acronym in Japanese. Founded as "Tokyo Broadcasting Station" on 29 of November 1924 and merged with Osaka and Nagoya radio stations into a national broadcasting corporation on 6 August 1926, the NHK is the largest public broadcaster in Asia, and the second only in the world. It is run by the Japanese government and has a funded license fee, just like the BBC of the UK, as implemented by the Japanese Broadcasting Act, on the 1st of June 1950.

NHK started television broadcasting on 1 of June 1950 with a Japanese Broadcasting Act, followed by its public national channel in 1953, its educational channel in 1959, and internationally in 1995.

JOAK Radio[]



NHK began as a JOAK Radio, now NHK Radio 1 in Tokyo on 22 March 1925. The first radio broadcasting in Japan, introduces a callsign on the top, and portrait photo with a woman and a radio speaker in the middle, and the Japanese text that later changed the name in 1926.



NHK (1946)

The name "Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai" became a three-letter-acronym using as rōmaji, inspired from the "The big three" of American broadcasters, and the BBC that they did earlier.



1967 (unused)[]

Nhk 1967
Designer:  Yusaku Kamekura
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  1967 (unused)

Designed by Yusaku Kamekura in 1967, this unused logo played on the negative space between letters in the same vein as Metromedia at the time.

1973 (unused)[]

NHK - 1973
Designer:  Rei Yoshimura
Typography:  Univers
Launched:  1973 (unused)

This logo was designed to hearken the advents of both color television and satellite broadcasting in Japan. The circular pattern evokes not only the phosphor dots of color television screens but of Japanese mon symbols. It was designed simply enough to be represented by any variety of circular objects on a given program. The symbol was registered as a trademark but was not introduced due to negative press surrounding the high construction cost of the NHK Broadcasting Center.


NHK logo
Designer:  Nippon Design Center
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  Unknown

This logo known as "the NHK eggs" has been used for 25 years, showing three gathered eggs and each one has a letter. It has two variants: one for rainbow gradient outline, and a gray outline. At one point, the wordmark is used on some OSB like NHK World.


Gf nhk logo gray
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Custom
Launched:  March 2020

At the end of March 2020, the NHK removed the iconic eggs logo in favor of a modified version of the wordmark. All their channels and radio stations had their logos updated to include the new wordmark.

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