It's used on the earthquake warnings. Here's an image:

text: 緊急地震速報 (気象庁)

I have searched all over Google and everything - it can't be found, which is why I am asking here.

thanks in advance :)

  • How have you tried looking for it thus far? You're likely to get a good answer if you show more effort in your problem – Zach Saucier Dec 11 '14 at 20:13
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    I've searched everywhere - I can't find it. I wouldn't be asking if I couldn't find it. – mistyhands Dec 11 '14 at 21:25
  • Neither Whatthefont or Identifont is compatible with Japanese fonts :worried: – Rosenthal Dec 12 '14 at 3:13
  • this could very well be an in-house font. NHK outsources font-making apprently, so it may not be publicly available. – Vincent Dec 12 '14 at 11:48

I suppose that your image was clipped from the NHK newscast. (Below is from a random YouTube video)

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The text in question (#1) seems to be N-太角ゴシック体, which actually is a dead copy of ゴナ, but still identifiable since they are using another typeface マール (#2) from the same vendor at the same time. The #3 is ニューセザンヌ from an irrelevant company.

Both #1 and ゴナ are hardly obtainable, because #1 is provided exclusively for TV superimposition, and ゴナ is only bundled with its vendor's professional-use typesetting machines. You can either purchase ゴナ strings from an online pay-per-letter outline shop, or use 新ゴ instead.

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    How would you even find that?! mind blown – SaturnsEye Dec 12 '14 at 16:35
  • Holy crap, thanks! How did you even find this? – mistyhands Dec 12 '14 at 22:26
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    For historical reasons, Japanese typography is full of those pre-internet-age in-the-trade typefaces not available for DTP. So no wonder Google is helpless. ゴナ's vendor (写研) even doesn't have its website! But as far as this font, since it once was a kind of de facto standard sans-serif as much as Helvetica, you'll see it almost everyday in your life if you live in Japan. – broccoli forest Dec 13 '14 at 1:48
  • Is there any way to obtain N-太角ゴシック体 or ゴナ? Or will I have to just go with something that looks similar? Thanks for all your help by the way :) – mistyhands Dec 13 '14 at 17:52
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    Maybe the vendor of N-太角ゴシック体 could sell you the font if you ask through their contact form, but I'm not sure. And for ゴナ, as far as I know, you can only obtain outlines of the specific letters, weight and style you need from the online store I mentioned in my answer. You don't have much chance to get the font itself, unless you have friends in older Japanese typesetting shops, or get a typesetting machine by auction or somehow. – broccoli forest Dec 14 '14 at 4:12

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