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About MBS


MBS is known as a pioneer in the Japanese broadcasting industry. Tracing back through history, MBS was one of the first commercial radio stations in Japan, starting its first radio broadcasts in 1951 and later beginning terrestrial television broadcasting in 1959.

MBS operates in the largest broadcast area in Western Japan, the Kansai region, which has a population of about 22 million. This accounts for 17 percent of Japan’s total population, with 9.8 million households. Some of Japan’s major cities are also located in the region. MBS has its head office in Osaka, which is the business center of Kansai with new emerging businesses and innovative ideas. The ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are also located in this area, and because of this, Kansai is historically known for its strong ties with Asia. MBS continues to broadcast programs that imbue the distinctive features of the local Kansai region, which is rich in history, tradition, and culture.

To enhance its capacity to produce content, MBS built a new annex with two main television studios, and had a grand opening in the spring of 2014. The new studios are equipped with the latest equipment and now serve as the base for producing consistent original content that reflects the uniqueness of the Kansai area.

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Date of Establishment

December 27, 1950.

Company History

1951Becomes one of the first commercial radio stations
1959Begins television broadcasting on Channel 4
1975Joins Japan News Network(JNN)
2003Begins terrestrial digital TV service
2006Terrestrial digital TV goes onto mobile devices

Chayamachi Plaza

MBS prides itself as a TV station where people can always gather. Cultural seminars and events are held ocasionally at Chayamachi Plaza on the first floor of our head office.

Prestigious International Awards

MBS has been recognized for its quality programming.
Some of its award-winning/nominated programs are listed below.

[International Emmy Awards]

1999Just Like Anyone Else: Days in the life of a physically challenged family
1998Kinkakuji Sound Stage
2000The 17th Beethoven’s 9th with a Cast of 10,000
2001Yo-Yo Ma in Todai-ji
For My Baby
2009The 26th Beethoven’s 9th with a Cast of 10,000

[Monte-Carlo TV Festival]

2002How Are You, Teddy Bear?
2004Cynthia: The Service Dog
2005Coping with Chemical Hypersensitivity: One Woman's Story
2011The Goddess of the Toilet
2012Father of the Bride: The Sounds of Snow

And many more


[Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.]

  • Head Office
    17-1 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8304
  • Tokyo Office
    Akasaka Biz Tower 28F, 5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6328
  • Nagoya Bureau
    Nagoya Yusen Bldg. 8F, 3-6-35 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0003

[Overseas Bureau]

  • Berlin Bureau in Germany
  • Shanghai Bureau in China
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