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Tracking down fragments of Einstein’s brain

Sunday’s “NHK Special” took up Albert Einstein’s brain, which was removed from his body after he died in 1955 to probe the mysteries of one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century. His brain was dissected into more than 200 pieces by a University of Pennsylvania pathologist and distributed to scholars around the world for further research. NHK….Read more

  • July 29, 2018
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SCIENCE > Health

The “crisis” of Japanese sperm

Saturday’s “NHK Special” reported on a steep drop in sperm motility among Japanese men and examined the factors behind growing infertility in Japan. Japanese men’s sperm is reportedly deteriorating in count, motility, and morphology. In addition to the effects of chemical agents, several daily habits appear to be responsible, such as excessive intake of saturated fat, lack of sleep, and….Read more

  • July 28, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

“Last letters” of death row inmates

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on letters that the broadcaster received from several former Aum Shinrikyo cult members on death row, the last of whom were executed on Thursday. The program said that almost all of the inmates expressed deep repentance for their crimes. The letters included one written by Yasuo Hayashi after learning that Shoko Asahara, the founder of the….Read more

  • July 26, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Use of social media causes loneliness among young Japanese

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of people, especially young ones, are feeling “lonely” even though they are “connected” with others through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The program said many of them feel lonely and suffer from low self-esteem because they see their friends enjoying active social lives on social media. One popular….Read more

  • July 25, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Sumo wrestler Mitakeumi’s road to success

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” profiled sumo wrestler Mitakeumi, who won his first title in the Nagoya grand tournament this summer just three years and four months after his first bout. The program has been following Mitakeumi for the last three years, showing how he overcame injuries and developed skills and mental strength.

  • July 24, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Japan’s health insurance system targeted by foreigners

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of foreigners are obtaining Japanese health insurance cards in order to receive expensive medical treatment in Japan even though they have not paid any health insurance premiums. The program pointed out that only foreigners who are living in Japan to work or study or who are dependents of Japanese citizens are eligible….Read more

  • July 23, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

Seeking inclusive society two years after massacre at facility for disabled

Saturday’s “NHK Special” took up the fatal stabbing rampage that occurred two years ago at a residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, leaving 19 people dead and 27 others injured. The incident sent shock waves through Japanese society because the perpetrator, a former employee of the facility, stated that he committed the crime based on his….Read more

  • July 21, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Nichiyo Toron

Experts discuss ways to deal with major natural disasters

Former Minister for Internal Affairs Hiroya Masuda and five scholars on politics, economics, engineering, and meteorology discussed how to prepare for and respond to major natural disasters. The torrential rains in western Japan earlier this month claimed more than 220 lives. There are still about 4,400 people in 13 prefectures who are unable to return to their homes, including those….Read more

  • July 22, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Youth and their views about sex

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of young Japanese are beginning to talk about sex. The program said it used a web-based survey called “Generation What?” targeting about 1 million people aged 18 to 34 around the world. The program said the survey found that many young Japanese feel insecure about sex, partly because they have not received….Read more

  • July 17, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

“The Great Journey” – Part 3: Homo Sapiens arrives in Japan

Sunday’s “NHK Special” aired the third and final part of a three-part series focusing on the journey of Homo Sapiens, which left Africa about 80,000 years ago and spread around the world. The program looked into how Homo Sapiens arrived in Japan after overcoming many obstacles, saying that modern man probably sailed in hand-made boats from Taiwan to Yonaguni Island….Read more

  • July 15, 2018
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