The Broadcast Library was established in 1991 to promote the development of quality broadcasting in Japan. Operated by the Broadcast Programming Center of Japan, the Broadcast Library is the only archival facility in Japan set up under the Broadcast Law.
Radio and TV programs are historical records of our lives, customs, mentality, and culture, and thus should be treated as national cultural treasures. The Broadcast Library is an archival facility that systematically maintains such programs and makes them available to the public.

The Broadcast Library opened on October 14, 2000.

The Broadcast Library has been completed in the Yokohama Joho Bunka Center in the Kannai area of Yokohama. It was open to the public on Saturday, October 14, 2000.
The library features a Console hall where visitors can enjoy TV and radio programs and commercials; an Exhibition hall that offers hands-on opportunities to experience the excitement of broadcasting; and an Event hall for screening of TV programs and staging of open seminars, and for a special exhibition on broadcasting.

Broadcast Programming Center of Japan

A joint venture of Japan's broadcasters

The Broadcast Programming Center of Japan (BPCJ) is a nonprofit organization established in March 1968 jointly by Japan's broadcasters. Its purpose is to ensure the healthy development of the Japanese broadcasting.

BPCJ's activities

Operating the Broadcast Library, which collects and maintains broadcast programs, and offers such programs to the public for viewing at no cost (within the Broadcast Library only) under the Broadcast Law.
Other activities of the BPCJ include hosting of exhibitions and screening of TV programs depicting the history and roles of broadcasting and its ties to everyday life; and presentations of seminars and forums on broadcasting and various other events that contribute to the development of broadcast culture.

Broadcast Library's programs and exhibitions are in Japanese only.

Provisions of the Broadcast Law

Among the activities of the Broadcast Programming Center of Japan, operation of the Broadcast Library is subject to the provisions of the Broadcast Law. The Broadcast Law designates the BPCJ as only one operator of the Broadcast Library in Japan, and defines its responsibilities as follows.

  1. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications designates only one organization as the Broadcast Library.
  2. The activities of the BPCJ are as follows:
    a) To collect and maintain broadcast programs and offer such programs for public viewing.
    b) To collect, classify, arrange, preserve, and offer information related to broadcast programs.
    c) To offer information related to broadcast programs periodically, as needed, or upon request.
    d) To carry out other activities incidental to the above.

The scope of BPCJ'S activities

Activities related to the Broadcast Library
The Broadcast Library has collected roughly 20,600 TV programs, 4,300 radio programs, 9800 commercials and 2683 items of News films and continues to expand both the variety and quantity of its collection. The cost of these activities is covered by the profits earned by the foundation of private broadcasters, NHK, Yokohama, and other organizations and individuals.

Supporting Members

The Broadcast Programming Center of Japan invites corporations and individuals who support the objectives of the center to register as supporting members and provide financial assistance.
Corporations and individuals who have provided financial support for the activities of the Broadcast Library are eligible for preferential tax treatment. Specifically, they are permitted to include their donation in their expenses or deduct their donation from their income.

Supporting members are awarded the following benefits.
(1) Newsletters of the Broadcast Library
(2) Lists of open programs
(3) Invitation to events hosted by BPCJ
(4) Priority use of the facilities of the Broadcast Library, such as Audiovisual booths and the Reference room.
(5) The right to display corporate or individual names in the facilities of the Broadcast Library.

Information & Access

Broadcast Library
Yokohama Joho Bunka Center
11 Nihon Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0021
Phone: +81 (45) 222-2828
Fax: +81(45) 641-2110


A direct connection to Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line (Exit No.3)
10 minute walk from Kannai Station on the JR Line and the municipal subway
One minute walk from the Kencho-mae of municipal bus

The open time

Library hours: 10:00~17:00 (No admission after 16:30.)

The closure day

Closed Mondays (or Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday) and the year-end and New Year holiday.

Free admission

Floor Guide

8F Console Hall

Audiovisual Booths
Enjoy TV and radio programs produced in Japan. You can also watch commercials and newsreels. 60 booths seating one to three people are available. Total capacity is 100 viewers.
To access a program in the library's collection, simply complete the user registration, and select the program with the retrieval equipment in your booth.

Research booths
The Research booths are open to broadcasters and researchers. Visitors can view open programs, commercials and newsreels in the special booth.
Broadcasters and researchers can also use the Reference room; a library of publications concerning broadcasting and media.
To use the Research booths, please make a reservation one week in advance.

9F Exhibition Hall

Welcome TV
Welcome TV astonishes you with its chroma key wall.

Broadcasting and the Japanese Home
The old, legendary programs are back. In a diorama of a period Japanese living room, you can trace the history of broadcasting in Japan from the very beginning of radio and TV broadcasts.
You can also enjoy programs of historical significance, such as the Tokyo Olympics (the first color TV broadcast in Japan) and the Apollo 11 moon landing (broadcast from space).

Playback Theater
Enjoy a dynamic video show in which programs representing the history of broadcasting up to the present day are projected on a large screen.

Live TV Wall
Watch live programming from terrestrial and broadcasting satellite (BS) broadcasting on 17 monitors built into the video wall.

You Are the Director
If you've ever imagined yourself as a TV director, you'll enjoy trying your hand at camera switching while following the play-by-play of a baseball game

News Studio
Now you can take part in a virtual news program as an assistant to a news announcer

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