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NHK-Japan to air its drama series to global audience

Japanese public broadcaster NHK announced that a historical series to be aired in December will be made available on Netflix, as part of its efforts to deliver programming overseas amid an intense debate regarding the future of online streaming.

The series, proposed by NHK and produced jointly with Dutch and Canadian production companies, depicts backdoor dealings behind the Tokyo tribunals after World War II. Netflix gained streaming rights through financing the Canadian company.

After the series is broadcast on TV, NHK will make it available online in Japan through its own platform. Netflix will start streaming the series around January, providing subtitles in 20 languages for the international audience. The U.S company has streamed other NHK programming in Japan in the past.