As China-Japan relations thaw the national television network has announced
plans for a series on Japanese society.
CCTV will launch the series in early March, the TV station said yesterday.
The 20-part series, called Yansong: Eyes on Japan, comes as details are
finalised for Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Japan in April.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited China in October.
"We thought we were familiar with Japan, but it's not the case," said
well-known TV personality Bai Yansong, who will present the programs. "Actually
it's a very strange country to many Chinese people.
"As the national and largest network, it's our duty to provide a
comprehensive and objective view of Japan," he added.
CCTV will send its biggest ever team of journalists to Japan on March 4 to
begin working on the series.
Their 15-20 day screening schedule will cover exclusive interviews with at
least 10 Japanese figures in fields ranging from politics and economics to the
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe, former Japanese
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, famous author Junichi Watanabe and actor Ken
Takakura who are all well known in China, will be interviewed.
Several documentaries will also be produced, covering topics like Japanese
history, the nation's animation industry, sumo wrestling, the young generation,
and the aging society.
"I think many Chinese do not know Japan particularly well, especially about
our history after World War II and contemporary Japan," said Keiji Ide, minister
of the Embassy of Japan in Beijing, "We hope we can show them the real Japan
through this series."
Ide said he hoped the project would contribute to Japan's efforts to boost
China-Japan ties and promised to try his best to help with the interviews.
The programs will have a prime time broadcast on CCTV-1 in March, while
CCTV's news channel and some live news programs will also be dedicated to Japan.
The series will be over however before Premier Wen visits Japan in April.
(China Daily 01/30/2007 page2)