Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How can I purchase copies of KIKU programs
- Why don’t you have more new Japanese programs on KIKU?
- Why are Japanese drama series so short?
- Why can’t you re-air programs?
- Why do you continue to air Soko ga Shiritai?
- Why don’t you stream program episodes on your website?
1. How can I purchase copies of KIKU programs?
Due to license and copyright constraints, we are not allowed to make, rent, or sell copies of programs airing on KIKU. However, we do rebroadcast some shows, which allows viewers to watch episodes they missed earlier.
2. Why don’t you have more new Japanese programs on KIKU?
It is very expensive to license programming from Japan. We negotiate rights for programs on a case-by-case basis and the contracts have strict terms for each program. There are set parameters and windows for each program’s license. Sometimes, there are even geographical restrictions prohibiting a program from airing in Hawaii or the U.S. This is why we cannot always re-telecast a program, and why we cannot always acquire a program you ask for.
3. Why are Japanese drama series so short?
In Japan, a typical modern drama will run between nine and 13 episodes. It is unusual to find long-running (52 week) programs like Making It Through. One exception to that is NHK’s taiga drama, which usually lasts 50-52 weeks. If a particular series is popular in Japan, the producers often create sequels to the original. An example of this is the detective drama Partners.
4. Why can’t you re-air programs?
As mentioned above, there are strict parameters governing each program’s license. Just because we aired a program once does not mean we can air it again whenever we choose. Once a license period expires, we must negotiate new terms all over again.
5. Why do you continue to air Soko ga Shiritai?
We wish we could license new episodes of Soko ga Shiritai, but the program is no longer in production in Japan. The episodes you see on KIKU-TV were produced 15-25 years ago, and have all been re-telecast numerous times. Despite their age, the subjects are all still very interesting and intriguing, and Soko ga Shiritai remains the most popular program on KIKU.
Having said that, we are constantly on the lookout for a new program similar to Soko ga Shiritai that we can air on KIKU.
6. Why don’t you stream program episodes on your website?
When we license a program, the license gives us permission to broadcast the program. Internet streaming falls under a different set of licensing rules.