MERRILLVILLE — Amid a rise in anti-Asian harassment and hate crimes across the country, Lakeshore PBS will be sharing more stories and insights from an Asian perspective through its partnership with NHK WORLD-JAPAN.

“Asia is an enormous region of the globe with a huge population,” said James Muhammad, president and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media.

“Giving our Lakeshore viewers a better understanding of Asia and the issues that they are facing makes all of us more informed and better citizens of the world.”

Operating from its Merrillville studios and reaching more than 3 million households across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland, Lakeshore PBS operates two television signals: its main channel and its 24/7 sub-channel from NHK WORLD-JAPAN.

The 24-hour English language channel from the international service of Japan’s sole public media organization, NHK WORLD-JAPAN shares information on Japan and Asia through TV, radio and online content to a global audience.

According to Muhammad, it offers the latest news about Japan and Asia, as well as current affairs, technology, medicine, arts, sports, travel and lifestyle programming that offer fresh insights and different ways of viewing the world.

Viewers can find NHK WORLD-JAPAN on channel 56.2, on Comcast cable on channel 377 and on AT&T U-verse on channel 1379.

“We have been airing NHK WORLD-JAPAN on our secondary channel for almost six years, and we have heard feedback from many viewers about how much they enjoy this fresh perspective and unique programming,” Muhammad said.

“We embrace the opportunity to inform our viewers with content that educates and enriches. That is core to the mission of Lakeshore Public Media.”

Lakeshore PBS has brought the Asian perspective to its main channel as well, airing NHK Newsline weeknights at 10:30 p.m. It is NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s flagship news program, delivering the latest world news, business and weather, with a focus on Japan and the rest of Asia, according to Muhammad.

“We think everyone deserves a voice and everyone has a right to be heard. Those are the stories that are foundational to public media,” Muhammad said. “It is also the foundation for understanding each of us, and that is how we can all learn and move forward as a community and a society together.”

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