1925–1946 1946–1962 1962–1995 1967 (unused) 1995–2020 2020–present
1925–1946 1946–1962 1962–1995 1967 (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 goverement 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 an 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.



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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.


It has two variants by 1962, both had been italicized.

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The first it was separated letters variant.

Logo Variant

And the second it was a gathered letters variant.

1967 (unused)

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Never used in 1967, it was supposed to demonstrate a "N" and a "K", and between of two letters there would be a two thin rectangles, forming a letter "H" in the negative space. This logo design is similar to those of the old logo used by Metromedia in the U.S.


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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.


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

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