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  • 2015-11-03 15:00:00
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 “Scoop: NHK decides to end ‘Close-Up Gendai’ in March!”

 [Shukan Gendai, 11/14/2015 issue, pp. 60-63]

 

o “It looks like NHK executives have now reached a fundamental decision to discontinue ‘Close-Up Gendai’ at the end of March next year. There’s also a plan to shorten the time slot of ‘News 7’ from 7 o’clock from 30 minutes to 15-20 minutes.” (an NHK employee working at the Broadcasting Center in Tokyo’s Shibuya)

 

 Spying

 [Shukan Gendai, 11/14/2015 issue, p. 164]

 

o “This man, who’s in his 50s, has become a Japanese, but he was a defector from North Korea.” (Mei Takeuchi, a TBS news reporter, referring in a dialogue with Satoshi Tomisaka, a professor at Takushoku University and a journalist, to one of the four Japanese nationals recently detained in China on suspicion of spying)

 

 At odds?

 [Shukan Posuto, 11/13/2015 issue, p. 40]

 

o Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has entrusted Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga with the issue of relocating the U.S. military’s Futenma base to Henoko. This issue, however, has become utterly complicated. This is believed to be one reason why “the prime minister is displeased” with Suga, according to a lawmaker in the defense policy clique in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

 

o If their relations continue to cool, there will come “the day Prime Minister Abe forsakes Mr. Suga” or “the day Mr. Suga gives up the Abe administration.”

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