12 January 2016

 Singapore, 12 January 2016 – Fans of all things Japanese will soon be able to soak up authentic Japanese culture right in the comfort of their living rooms when WAKUWAKU JAPAN (StarHub TV Channel 813) launches on StarHub TV on 15 January. Most of the content will be aired in the original Japanese language, with English subtitles, while selected programmes will be dubbed in English.

Through its rich assortment of quality content across various genres, WAKUWAKU JAPAN will give viewers deeper insights into the fascinating world of Japan round-the-clock. These include first-run drama series, thrilling anime and superhero series, engaging kids’ programmes and captivating cultural shows and documentaries.

At launch, some key programmes that audiences can look forward to include the latest hit drama Downtown Rocket, a moving story about a factory manager who overcomes all odds in developing his dream rocket engine; ONE PIECE, a feel-good anime about a boy named Luffy and his journey in the age of pirates; and The Wonder Japan –Takumi, an enthralling cultural programme that showcases Japan’s finest craftsmanship and services. Football fans will also be in for a treat when J.LEAGUE, Japan’s professional football league, kicks off the 2016 season in February with the top 18 teams.

“Japan remains one of the top destinations travelled to by Singaporeans. Its rich culture and wide array of delicacies are also well-loved by Singaporeans,” observed Ms Lee Soo Hui, Head of Media Business Unit, StarHub. “We are confident that the launch of WAKUWAKU JAPAN, which will deliver a diverse and extensive variety of authentic Japanese content, will satisfy viewers’ voracious appetites for all things Japanese.”

Mr. Masafumi Kawanishi President & CEO of WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation expressed, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our channel on StarHub TV, the leading pay TV provider with a strong market presence in Singapore. We hope to entertain audiences in Singapore with the introduction of our wonderful Japanese content.”

To enjoy WAKUWAKU JAPAN, StarHub TV customers can upgrade to the Chinese Entertainment HD Group at a monthly subscription fee of $8.56 (including GST). Existing customers of Chinese Entertainment HD Group will be able to watch WAKUWAKU JAPAN at no additional charge. For a taste of what the channel has to offer, all StarHub TV customers can catch the two-month long free preview of WAKUWAKU JAPAN from 12pm on 15 January to 12pm on 31 March. 

To celebrate the channel’s launch on StarHub TV, all StarHub customers can log on to www.starhub.com/wakuwaku-japan to participate in three contests. These contests will offer a chance to catch world famous rock band ONE OK ROCK on 23 January at the Fort Canning Park; tickets to ONE PIECE RUN, an anime-themed fun run on 6 March at the Kallang Practice Track, as well as win a trip to Japan to watch J.LEAGUE in March.

For more information on StarHub TV, visit www.starhub.com/tv