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People with disabilities forced to undergo sterilization

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the former Eugenic Protection Act, which authorized the sterilization of people with various disabilities and disorders to prevent births of “inferior” offspring. The law was in effect until 1996. Forced sterilization was reportedly permitted when a prefectural government panel approved it after receiving a recommendation from a doctor. The program said more than 16,000 people with….Read more

  • April 25, 2018
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Postal workers pressured to force customers to buy insurance policies

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that postal workers are being pressured to force customers, especially elderly ones, to buy insurance policies. Postal workers are reportedly required to meet high sales targets and those with low sales performance are often subject to harassment by their supervisors. The program pointed out that Japan Post is apparently facing organizational problems.

  • April 24, 2018
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Schools teach ethics, but risk undervaluing diversity

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that ethics education in 22 areas including patriotism, family love, self-control, and abiding by rules officially became part of the curriculum for elementary schools starting this April. The program said some teachers feel that teaching specific values is difficult due to the increasing diversity of the Japanese population. An expert warned that the spirit of honoring….Read more

  • April 23, 2018
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Inmate escapes from prison with no walls

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on a recent incident in which an inmate escaped from prison in Ehime Prefecture and is still at large, explaining that the prison was one of four in Japan that have no walls, no iron bars, and no locks on the cells. The program said the inmates are also allowed to work together with the general public,….Read more

  • April 19, 2018
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Popular manga site offers pirated works

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on a website offering pirated manga. The website, called Manga Mura, makes more than 50,000 manga available free of charge. The network said people of all ages have been using the site without knowing that the manga it offers are pirated, saying the site received 170 million visitors last month alone. Manga artists and publishers have….Read more

  • April 18, 2018
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POLITICS

Issues with management of government documents

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” reported on the issue in which the daily activity logs of the GSDF unit in Iraq were recently found and disclosed even though the Defense Ministry had repeatedly said that they did not exist. The program pointed out that awareness of the importance of managing government documents within the ministry and the SDF was low, even….Read more

  • April 17, 2018
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Labor reform in medical institutions and schools

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” on Monday reported on nationwide efforts to reform work styles in Japan, focusing on medical institutions and schools where many people work extremely long hours. According to the program, about 40% of doctors, 30% of middle school teachers, and 60% of high school teachers work more than 80 hours of overtime each month. The program first looked….Read more

  • April 16, 2018
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Kumamoto two years after earthquakes

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” on Thursday reported on the situation in Kumamoto Prefecture after it was hit by two powerful earthquakes with a seismic intensity of 7 two years ago. The program said people in the disaster-hit areas are still suffering, adding that at least 45 households have no choice but to live in warehouses or greenhouses because they have been….Read more

  • April 12, 2018
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Toilet revolution in Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” on Wednesday reported that public toilets at airports, stations, commercial facilities, and parks across Japan are undergoing major renovations ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Toshiba Ward of Tokyo, where the percentage of young women in their 20s and 30s is expected to drop below 50% by 2040, is hoping to draw more young women to….Read more

  • April 11, 2018
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China expands influence in Africa

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that China is increasingly expanding its influence in Africa as part of President Xi’s “One Belt One Road” initiative to create a massive economic zone connecting China with Europe and Africa. Noting that China is hoping to become a superpower and surpass the U.S., the program said it has built close relations with 54 African nations….Read more

  • April 10, 2018
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