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Japanese companies implement work-style reform

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on workstyle reform in Japan, looking at various efforts being made by private companies to reduce employee overtime while at the same time improving productivity. A food service chain shortened its business hours by terminating 24-hour operations but saw sales rise as a result of other improvements such as providing more attentive service to customers. The….Read more

  • May 23, 2018
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Synthetic biology factories develop valuable new substances

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on synthetic biology factories where valuable substances and materials are created from plants and microorganisms. For example, ingredients that prevent pollen allergies are created from rice plants and drugs to cure gum disease are created from strawberries using genetic modification. The program said scientists around the world are competing to develop new drugs, vaccines, and other….Read more

  • May 22, 2018
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Japanese film director Koreeda wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Director Hirokazu Koreeda, who won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters.” Koreeda was the first Japanese to win the prize in 21 years. The program said the film depicts a family living on a grandmother’s meager pension that has its children shoplift. Koreeda appeared on the show from….Read more

  • May 21, 2018
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“Unconventional” royal marriage in the UK

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the  wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be held in London on May 19, saying that the marriage is ”unconventional” in that the bride is an American actress, a divorcee, and the daughter of an African-American mother. The program said such a marriage would not have been permitted by the Royal Family in the….Read more

  • May 17, 2018
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Homes full of garbage reflect isolation

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” highlighted the growing demand among stressed-out people for cleaning services, explaining that these people are so mentally exhausted that they are unable to clean their homes, which eventually become filled with garbage. The network explained that stress arising from the demands of work and elderly care and from marital tensions makes these people indifferent to their living conditions….Read more

  • May 16, 2018
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Go Shohei Ohtani!

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, who made his MLB debut 90 days ago. The program reported that he changed his batting form on the advice of a team batting coach and has hit five homers and is batting .340. As a pitcher, the program said Ohtani successfully mixes up his pitches and has an….Read more

  • May 15, 2018
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Cashless society spreads to Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that the cashless revolution in China is spreading to Japan, saying that already many people are using smartphone apps instead of cash to pay at shops and restaurants and many companies are entering the mobile payment market. The program also reported on how Sweden is on the verge of becoming a cashless economy, saying that a….Read more

  • May 14, 2018
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Workers of all ages susceptible to the “May blues”

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the “May blues,” a feeling of drowsiness and depression that young recruits are said to experience in May after starting new jobs in April. The program said not only new employees but also veteran staff members can get the “May blues.” The program reported on the importance of talking candidly with others about one’s problems….Read more

  • May 10, 2018
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China bans import of plastic waste

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on China’s sudden decision to ban imports of plastic waste in January, saying that many nations, including Japan, are faced with the serious issue of what to do with the huge volume of plastic waste they generate. Noting that Japan used to export about 1 million tons of plastic waste to China every year, the program….Read more

  • May 9, 2018
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Uterus transplants attracting attention as fertility treatment

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on uterus transplants, which are attracting attention as the latest fertility treatment. Uterus transplants are a source of hope for women who cannot give birth because they were born without a uterus or had to have their uterus removed because of illness. The program said that worldwide 11 babies have been born to women who had….Read more

  • May 7, 2018
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