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Japanese Shortwave Brings Local Radio to Nation

Emergency information program from Radio Fukushima is being simulcast on Radio Nikkei

Commercial shortwave station Radio Nikkei (???Nikkei) is simulcasting emergency programming from Radio Fukushima (RFC?????) twice a day. Radio Fukushima covers the area imperiled by the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.

Radio Fukushima has been operating a 24-hour emergency service across its five AM channels in the wake of the 9.0 Mw Sendai earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okuma was disabled by the earthquake and tsunami and the area has since been declared under a state of emergency due to fires and explosions at the complex. The nearby Fukushima Dai-ni nuclear complex was also damaged in the event.

In addition to via shortwave, Radio Nikkei is distributing the Radio Fukushima programming via, an IP platform set up by 13 Japanese radio stations to stream their programming to listeners from one part of the county to another.

Radio Nikkei plans to carry an hour or two of the Radio Fukushima simulcast each day through the end of March, but it will increase of change programming based upon events.