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Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who was placed on the disabled list after he injured a ligament in his right elbow. The program said Ohtani has been treated with platelet-rich plasma injections and will be examined on June 28 to decide whether or not he needs to undergo surgery. 

  • June 27, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Japanese companies shifting to innovative office designs

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” reported that many Japanese companies are changing their office designs to encourage creative thinking that leads to the development of new products and services. The program reported on several companies with unique offices, including an IT company that maintains 24-hour connections with its branch offices through huge monitors and another IT company that moved its office….Read more

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

“Do-it-yourself biology” becoming popular in U.S. and Europe

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the growing popularity mainly in the U.S. and Europe of “do-it-yourself biology,” which is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. The program said it has become easy for individuals to engage in biotechnology research since the cost of gene….Read more

  • June 25, 2018
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POLITICS > Diet

Ruling, opposition lawmakers discuss issues to be deliberated in Diet

On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, senior Upper House lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties discussed the issues slated for deliberation during the current ordinary Diet session that has been extended until July 22. The opposition panelists expressed objections to the legislation on work-style reform and the bill on the implementation of integrated resorts with casinos. The participants….Read more

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

Can Japan make it to the World Cup finals?

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the Japanese national soccer team and its historic victory over Colombia in the FIFA World Cup on June 19. Takeshi Okada and Philippe Troussier, former head coaches of the Japanese national team, appeared on the show and said there is more than a 60% chance that Japan will be able to advance to the finals. The….Read more

  • June 21, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Earthquakes in major cities pose unique risks

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the powerful earthquake that hit the Osaka region on Monday, which claimed the lives of five people. The program said many municipal functions were paralyzed in Osaka as transportation services and lifelines were disrupted. According to the program, people were trapped inside more than 160 elevators that stopped operating due to the earthquake. The program….Read more

  • June 20, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

Japan’s soccer team tackles World Cup under new manager Nishino

Sunday’s ”NHK Special” reported on the Japanese national men’s soccer team, which will play against Colombia in two days at the World Cup in Russia. Noting that the Japanese team’s ranking dropped to 61st this year, the program said Japan will need to “slay giants” in the World Cup because it will be pitted against Colombia, Poland, and Senegal, which….Read more

  • June 17, 2018
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

FM Kono welcomes results of U.S.-DPRK summit

NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show aired a one-on-one interview with Foreign Minister Kono, during which he expressed his views about the results of the U.S.-DPRK summit held in Singapore on June 12. Kono stated that it is significant that North Korea’s intention to denuclearize was put in writing in the joint statement and that the sanctions will remain in….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Former nuclear envoys talk about U.S.-DPRK summit

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the U.S.-DPRK summit, saying that the two leaders failed to reach an agreement on concrete steps toward denuclearization. Former top nuclear envoys Ambassador Sasae and Ambassador Hill appeared live on the show. Sasae first said: “Looking at the joint statement alone, one might criticize it by saying it could have included more. But rather than….Read more

  • June 13, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

38th parallel in Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on Korean residents in Japan, with a focus on young Koreans as they have watched developments on the Korean Peninsula over the past two months. The program said students at pro-Pyongyang schools are criticized whenever news of North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches is reported. The program said even young Koreans in Japan are often….Read more

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