Middletown native J.D. Vance to be featured on TV in Japan

J.D. Vance, of Middletown, will be featured on Japan TV next month.
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J.D. Vance, of Middletown, will be featured on Japan TV next month.

J.D. Vance, an author from Middletown, is about to go worldwide.

A TV station in Japan said it’s airing a special on Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” next month. NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) began producing a weekly show in partnership with TED entitled, “Super Presentation,” which consists of distinguished TED Talks.

The series began broadcasting in April 2012 hosted by Joi Ito, the director of MIT Media Lab.

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The station is in the process of producing J.D. Vance’s TED talk, “America’s forgotten working class,” which is scheduled to air throughout Japan on April 27 on its educational channel, NHK Educational. After the first broadcast, the show will be re-broadcast the following day and weeks via its international channel, NHK World.

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The station hopes to use a clip of Vance’s interview with this news outlet before he spoke last year during the Middletown Community Foundation annual meeting at Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe.

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