WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Masafumi Kawanishi, “WAKUWAKU JAPAN”) has announced a new original program for learning Japanese language as part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ venture to support overseas development of broadcast contents for 2017. In order for the children around the world to cultivate interest in Japan, “aJapan – Let’s Enjoy! Play & Learn Japanese” (“aJapan” hereafter) will begin broadcasting on 2 October 2017 (Monday) in Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Mongolia. (In Thailand, it is planned to air from 30 December 2017 to 27 January 2018.)
“aJapan” is an educational program that uses songs, rhythms, and animation to cultivate familiarity with Japanese sounds and where families can enjoy learning Japanese together.
The program casts are “Pikotaro” who has created the PPAP boom around the world, and “Keropons” whose exercise song, “Ebikanics” is greatly popular with kids. Using rhythmic music and videos which both parties are strong at, a good number of segments have been put together for kids to naturally and enjoyably remember Japanese while moving their bodies.
Pikotaro will provide a new original song to be the opening theme of the program, and will appear in the segments “One Word Japanese” and “P-P-Pikotaro”. With Japanese and Japan as the theme, it will convey the joys of Japanese to children worldwide. On the other hand, “Keropons” will be performing in “Dance Time”, a segment to remember the names of body parts while dancing and singing to the song the duo composed. In addition to remembering the terms naturally, it is also a segment that helps with the health of your body. Children in various parts of the world will be able to have fun while learning Japanese.
Also, during the broadcast of the program, there will be a global contest to win special prizes for viewers who post videos or static images on social media. In addition, the outstanding posts of viewers who uploaded their own version of Keropons’s “Dance Time” will be broadcast during the program.
Japan’s educational children programs have obtained acclaim overseas for its high-quality composition and videos. Our channel too, has received viewers’ requests for a Japanese children program that is both safe to watch and trains their intellect. Together with answering viewers’ needs, and with a display of greater personality through the program composition with Pikotaro and Keropons, this new program is intended to make use of good quality edutainment content to convey the various sides of Japan.