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Kim Jong Un’s ambition – Part 2: Office 39

Saturday’s “NHK Special” aired the second part of a series on how Kim Jong Un is able to maintain his regime and nuclear and missile development program despite the international community’s stepping up its economic sanctions against the country. The program focused on how the Kim regime earns foreign currency, saying that a secret agency within the Workers’ Party of….Read more

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Kim Jong Un’s ambition – Part 3: Real intention behind nuclear and missile programs

Sunday’s “NHK Special” aired the third part of a series on how Kim Jong Un is able to maintain his regime and nuclear and missile development programs despite the international community’s stepping up its economic sanctions against the country. The third part focused on Kim’s recent interest in dialogue and intent to denuclearize. The program reported that North Korea has probably….Read more

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Kim Jong Un’s ambition – Part 1: Tyrant or strategist?

Sunday’s “NHK Special” aired the first part of its new series, “Kim Jong Un’s ambition,” which looks into why the young North Korean leader is able to maintain his regime and nuclear and missile development program while the international community is stepping up its economic sanctions against the country. The first part focused on whether Kim is a tyrant or….Read more

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“The Great Journey” – Part 1: How humans were born

Sunday’s “NHK Special” aired the first part of a three-part series, “The Great Journey,” focusing first on a two-legged species called Ardipithecus ramidus that lived in Africa about 4.4 million years ago. The program said this species survived because they were able to gather more food than four-legged animals and lived in families. The species eventually evolved into two genuses –….Read more

  • April 8, 2018
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About 30,000 young Japanese “disappear” every year

Saturday’s “NHK Special” reported that out of the approximately 80,000 people who go missing every year in Japan, 40% of them are in their teens or twenties. According to the National Police Agency, 33,156 people in their teens or twenties went missing in 2016. While about 70% of them are located within a week, 22% of them remain missing for….Read more

  • April 7, 2018
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SCIENCE > Health

“Ghost vessels” lead to various health problems

“NHK Special” took a close look at capillaries, explaining that although it was once believed that capillaries were merely small blood vessels, they actually play an extremely important role in maintaining health. Since capillaries deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells throughout the body, when blood stops reaching capillaries, disease and aging result. Experts call such capillaries “ghost vessels” because….Read more

  • April 1, 2018
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The massive network of the human body – Final part: Quest for health and longevity

Sunday’s “NHK Special” ran the final part of its series, “The massive network of the human body,” focusing on scientists who are at the forefront of the latest medical treatment for cancer and heart disease. The program took a close look at the microcapsules called exosomes in every cell that are released to communicate with each other. While a recent study….Read more

  • March 25, 2018
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Meltdown Part 7: Why did TEPCO reduce coolant water?

Saturday’s “NHK Special” took up the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, focusing on TEPCO’s decision in accordance with the manual to reduce the the amount of water used to cool the reactors on March 17 and 18 in order to prevent a build up of pressure inside the container vessels. But this caused the temperature inside the reactors to rise. The….Read more

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The massive network of the human body – Part 6: Birth

Sunday’s “NHK Special” ran the sixth part of its series “The massive network of the human body,” focusing on birth. The program showed how a single fertilized egg grows into a fetus inside the womb, saying that the fertilized egg produces individual organs by “communicating” with other cells. According to the program, the fetus also “communicates” with the mother by….Read more

  • March 18, 2018
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Mother and daughter try to overcome trauma of March 11

Saturday’s “NHK Special” reported on a mother and  daughter in Kamaishi, Iwate, who lost three family members in the tsunami in 2011. The daughter, who was three at the time, was unable to attend school for about five years after the disaster due to the trauma she experienced. The mother still hasn’t visited the graves of her loved ones because….Read more

  • March 10, 2018
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