You can read, listen to audio and watch videos of the most recent news in simple Japanese. Hiragana readings are provided for the kanji characters.

  • Articles are written using easy-to-understand sentence patterns.
  • For difficult language you can read (paraphrased) explanations in Japanese.
  • You can choose to add colour-coding for people's names, company/place names.
  • You can read the (more complicated) article actually used for the news broadcast too.

How to...

Click on (1) to listen to audio. The number to the right shows the timing.

Click on (2) and place names will be shown in royal blue, people's names in purple, and company/authority names in light blue.

Click on (3) and you can see the actual video of this news that was broadcast on TV.

Click on (4) and you can see the manuscript for the video broadcast on TV.
For those of you who want to try reading some slightly more difficult Japanese, why not give yourself a challenge here?

Roll the mouse over the underlined words to read paraphrased explanations in simple Japanese.

Choose the article you want to read.
Articles are arranged in date order.

Click here and you can choose to read all past news articles up to a month ago.

These contents are part of NHKオンライン (NHK ONLINE) (Introduction article).

This article was written based on information sent in to the eなInformation Station.

Last update 2012.09.19