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Companies competing to hire new recruits

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that amid the extreme labor shortage, Japanese companies are competing to hire new recruits. Unlike in the past, when students sent applications to companies, companies are now reaching out to students. The program also reported on companies’ efforts to prevent new recruits from quitting, adding that young Japanese people prioritize work-life balance over high salaries or….Read more

  • June 11, 2018
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Accidents involving elderly drivers on the rise

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the increasing number of traffic accidents involving elderly drivers, including an incident in which a car driven by 90-year-old woman plowed into a group of pedestrians, killing one, in Yokohama last month. The program said the woman had passed the mandatory test for elderly drivers and renewed her driver’s license just this March. According to….Read more

  • June 7, 2018
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Number of self-proclaimed refugees on the rise

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that more and more foreigners are working in Japan on “refugee visas,” even though most of them are not from war-torn countries. Noting that only foreigners who have permanent residency status or working visas and those who are technical trainees or exchange students are allowed to work in Japan, the program said many apply for “refugee….Read more

  • June 6, 2018
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New cancer treatments hold out false hopes

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on an increasing number of problems related to ”state-of-the-art” cancer treatments. The program said some clinics use medical terms such as ”dendritic cells,” “gene therapy,” and “NK cells” on their websites, giving desperate patients the impression that their cancer can be cured. However, the effectiveness and safety of many of these treatments have yet to be….Read more

  • June 5, 2018
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Some Japanese in their forties facing “crisis”

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” took up a report on a crisis faced by some Japanese in their forties, saying that they were unable to secure permanent employment when they were young because they graduated from university during an employment “ice age” caused by the economic recession. The program said such people tend to have difficulty becoming financially independent and fall into poverty….Read more

  • June 4, 2018
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Japan’s national soccer team gears up for World Cup

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the announcement of the members of the Japanese men’s national soccer team for the World Cup on June 15, which is now led by head coach Akira Nishino. The program reported on an unofficial match against Ghana on Wednesday, which Japan lost 2-1. The program said attention will be focused on whether Nishino will be….Read more

  • May 31, 2018
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Debate on labor reform underway at Diet

NHK’s”Close-up Gendai+” reported on a labor reform bill that is currently being debated between the ruling and opposition parties at the Diet. The program said attention will be focused on the “highly skilled professionals system,” under which white-collar workers who earn more than 10.75 million yen annually will be exempted from restrictions on their working hours. The program said that….Read more

  • May 30, 2018
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Amazon has been both good and bad for America

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Amazon, which has expanded its online shopping business to include the development of smart speakers and new data management services. The program said that while many consumers are benefiting from the services provided by Amazon, nearly 7,000 brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. closed in 2017 alone due to the rise of the company, adding that President Trump….Read more

  • May 29, 2018
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Japan’s organized crime syndicates in dire straits

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Japan’s organized crime syndicates, saying that following the enactment of the anti-gang law and the organized crime exclusion ordinances, the number of organized crime groups and members has dropped significantly and their funding sources have dried up. As a result, the remaining groups are “impoverished,” causing their members to commit crimes they have never committed….Read more

  • May 28, 2018
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Former Nihon University football players reveal their experiences

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the Nihon University  football team, saying that although one of its players said he tackled the opposing team’s quarterback in a dangerous manner because his coaches told him to “crush” the quarterback, the university said he was not instructed to commit an illegal tackle. The program said it discovered a structural problem in the team….Read more

  • May 24, 2018
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