New York – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the first International Emmy Kids Awards. The winning programmes are from Argentina, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom.

The winners are: Japan’s Junior High School Diaries: Harmony of Two (Kids: Series); Norway’s Energy Survival (Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment); Argentina’s El Jardín de Clarilú (Kids: Pre-School); and the UK’s Newsround-My Autism and Me (Kids: Factual), The Amazing World of Gumball (Kids: Animation) and Lost Christmas (Kids: TV-Movie/Mini-Series).

From Asia, NHK’s Junior High School Diaries is a long-running weekly drama series that asks actual junior high school students to play out real-life issues they face. The episode that clinched the award was a milestone episode that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the series. Keisuke transfers to a new school but distances himself from his classmates because of his stutter. His classmate, Aguri notices his condition and graciously tries to get him to open up. After a string of events, Keisuke and Aguri perform a piano duet together at the school talent show. Through acting out of his own role, Keisuke faces his challenge and learns to overcome his struggle.