I’ve heard from several sources that NHK Radio Japan will end shortwave service to North America on March 31st, 2013. No doubt, this is due to the April closing of the Montsinéry site in French Guiana.
NHK is one of the few “big” broadcasters that still targeted North America. In truth, I’m happy to see NHK close down the North American service rather than closing down all shortwave services. Many radio hobbyists in North America will still be able to hear their broadcasts targeting other parts of the world–it’ll just take a little more DXing–but we won’t get that big signal from Montsinéry.