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DM Iwaya, other GOJ officials react to results of Henoko relocation referendum

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Monday evening on the Okinawa referendum on Henoko relocation held on the previous day. NHK noted that the number of “no” votes was unexpectedly high at 434,273 and the voter turnout of 52.48% was also surprisingly high because the LDP and Komeito had adopted a strategy of not campaigning in an effort to minimize voter turnout. Governor….Read more

  • February 25, 2019
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Western Japan flooding demonstrates importance of building community ties

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the recent flooding in Western Japan that took the lives of over 200 people, making it the worst flood of the Heisei era in casualties. The network examined what local governments and communities could have done to save lives based on the recognition that similar disasters may occur more frequently in the future due in….Read more

  • July 31, 2018
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Difficulty in uncovering truth behind bullying-related suicides

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” took up the issue of suicide as a result of school bullying, focusing on cases in which the parents of children who left suicide notes saying they had been bullied at school have reacted strongly to the investigation results issued by independent panels tasked by local education boards with determining what happened to the victims. Guest commentators….Read more

  • July 30, 2018
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“Last letters” of death row inmates

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on letters that the broadcaster received from several former Aum Shinrikyo cult members on death row, the last of whom were executed on Thursday. The program said that almost all of the inmates expressed deep repentance for their crimes. The letters included one written by Yasuo Hayashi after learning that Shoko Asahara, the founder of the….Read more

  • July 26, 2018
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Use of social media causes loneliness among young Japanese

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of people, especially young ones, are feeling “lonely” even though they are “connected” with others through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The program said many of them feel lonely and suffer from low self-esteem because they see their friends enjoying active social lives on social media. One popular….Read more

  • July 25, 2018
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Sumo wrestler Mitakeumi’s road to success

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” profiled sumo wrestler Mitakeumi, who won his first title in the Nagoya grand tournament this summer just three years and four months after his first bout. The program has been following Mitakeumi for the last three years, showing how he overcame injuries and developed skills and mental strength.

  • July 24, 2018
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Japan’s health insurance system targeted by foreigners

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of foreigners are obtaining Japanese health insurance cards in order to receive expensive medical treatment in Japan even though they have not paid any health insurance premiums. The program pointed out that only foreigners who are living in Japan to work or study or who are dependents of Japanese citizens are eligible….Read more

  • July 23, 2018
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Youth and their views about sex

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of young Japanese are beginning to talk about sex. The program said it used a web-based survey called “Generation What?” targeting about 1 million people aged 18 to 34 around the world. The program said the survey found that many young Japanese feel insecure about sex, partly because they have not received….Read more

  • July 17, 2018
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Children who were forced to become IS soldiers

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on children who were forced to become IS soldiers, saying that while they are beginning to be released and to return home as the Islamic extremist group is on the verge of collapse, many of them are suffering from the trauma of having been under the control of the terrorist organization and exposed to extreme violence.….Read more

  • July 10, 2018
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Record rainfall in western Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the record rainfall in western Japan, saying that a special torrential rain warning has been issued in 11 prefectures. The program said the torrential rain continued for many hours because the rainy season’s front remained in the same place, and a moist air mass moved over western Japan.

  • July 9, 2018
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