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Record rainfall and extreme heat this summer

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the record rainfall observed across Japan this week after the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that the rainy season ended in the Kanto-Koshin region on June 29. The program also reported on the extreme heat in the Tokyo region, saying that the abnormal weather is linked to phenomena occurring throughout the world. The program focused on….Read more

  • July 5, 2018
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Shifting views on Aegis Ashore deployment in Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the GOJ’s plan to install two Aegis Ashore systems in Japan in response to a series of ballistic missile launches by North Korea last year. The GOJ is considering setting up the systems in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures. The sites will be formally decided in the summer and operation will begin within five years. The….Read more

  • July 4, 2018
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Baseball manga “Dokaben” ends after 46 years

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Shinji Mizushima’s baseball manga “Dokaben,” which ended its 46-year run in the weekly comic magazine “Shonen Jump” on Thursday. The program said the series inspired many young Japanese to play baseball. The program also reported on other sports-related manga, such as “Captain Tsubasa” by Yoichi Takahashi, which depicts a boy who loves soccer, and “Slam….Read more

  • June 28, 2018
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Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who was placed on the disabled list after he injured a ligament in his right elbow. The program said Ohtani has been treated with platelet-rich plasma injections and will be examined on June 28 to decide whether or not he needs to undergo surgery. 

  • June 27, 2018
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Japanese companies shifting to innovative office designs

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” reported that many Japanese companies are changing their office designs to encourage creative thinking that leads to the development of new products and services. The program reported on several companies with unique offices, including an IT company that maintains 24-hour connections with its branch offices through huge monitors and another IT company that moved its office….Read more

  • June 26, 2018
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“Do-it-yourself biology” becoming popular in U.S. and Europe

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the growing popularity mainly in the U.S. and Europe of “do-it-yourself biology,” which is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. The program said it has become easy for individuals to engage in biotechnology research since the cost of gene….Read more

  • June 25, 2018
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Can Japan make it to the World Cup finals?

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the Japanese national soccer team and its historic victory over Colombia in the FIFA World Cup on June 19. Takeshi Okada and Philippe Troussier, former head coaches of the Japanese national team, appeared on the show and said there is more than a 60% chance that Japan will be able to advance to the finals. The….Read more

  • June 21, 2018
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Earthquakes in major cities pose unique risks

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the powerful earthquake that hit the Osaka region on Monday, which claimed the lives of five people. The program said many municipal functions were paralyzed in Osaka as transportation services and lifelines were disrupted. According to the program, people were trapped inside more than 160 elevators that stopped operating due to the earthquake. The program….Read more

  • June 20, 2018
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Former nuclear envoys talk about U.S.-DPRK summit

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the U.S.-DPRK summit, saying that the two leaders failed to reach an agreement on concrete steps toward denuclearization. Former top nuclear envoys Ambassador Sasae and Ambassador Hill appeared live on the show. Sasae first said: “Looking at the joint statement alone, one might criticize it by saying it could have included more. But rather than….Read more

  • June 13, 2018
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38th parallel in Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Korean residents in Japan, with a focus on young Koreans as they have watched developments on the Korean Peninsula over the past two months. The program said students at pro-Pyongyang schools are criticized whenever news of North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches is reported. The program said even young Koreans in Japan are often….Read more

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