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Companies competing to hire new recruits

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that amid the extreme labor shortage, Japanese companies are competing to hire new recruits. Unlike in the past, when students sent applications to companies, companies are now reaching out to students. The program also reported on companies’ efforts to prevent new recruits from quitting, adding that young Japanese people prioritize work-life balance over high salaries or….Read more

  • June 11, 2018
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Local experts discuss U.S.-North Korea summit

On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, six Japanese scholars exchanged views on the upcoming Singapore summit between President Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, with most of them projecting that no firm agreement is likely to be reached on complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) other than a verbal commitment from Kim to relinquish his nuclear programs in….Read more

TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

Oedo – Part 2: Craftsmen and merchants drove Edo’s economic growth

Sunday’s NHK Special” aired the second part of its series on Tokyo when it was known as Edo, saying that residents enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle and the economic growth rate of Edo in the mid-Edo period was the second highest in the world despite Japan’s policy of seclusion. The program said samurai supported the economy of Edo during the first….Read more

  • June 10, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Accidents involving elderly drivers on the rise

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the increasing number of traffic accidents involving elderly drivers, including an incident in which a car driven by 90-year-old woman plowed into a group of pedestrians, killing one, in Yokohama last month. The program said the woman had passed the mandatory test for elderly drivers and renewed her driver’s license just this March. According to….Read more

  • June 7, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Number of self-proclaimed refugees on the rise

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that more and more foreigners are working in Japan on “refugee visas,” even though most of them are not from war-torn countries. Noting that only foreigners who have permanent residency status or working visas and those who are technical trainees or exchange students are allowed to work in Japan, the program said many apply for “refugee….Read more

  • June 6, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

New cancer treatments hold out false hopes

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on an increasing number of problems related to ”state-of-the-art” cancer treatments. The program said some clinics use medical terms such as ”dendritic cells,” “gene therapy,” and “NK cells” on their websites, giving desperate patients the impression that their cancer can be cured. However, the effectiveness and safety of many of these treatments have yet to be….Read more

  • June 5, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Some Japanese in their forties facing “crisis”

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” took up a report on a crisis faced by some Japanese in their forties, saying that they were unable to secure permanent employment when they were young because they graduated from university during an employment “ice age” caused by the economic recession. The program said such people tend to have difficulty becoming financially independent and fall into poverty….Read more

  • June 4, 2018
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

More than 1 million people “missing” from labor market in Japan

Saturday’s “NHK Special” reported on the rapid increase in the number of people in their 40s and 50s who are unable to work. Since they are no longer seeking employment, they are not counted as unemployed and have dropped out of the labor market. The program said such people are known as “missing ” workers and the number of them….Read more

  • June 2, 2018
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Party policy chiefs discuss Diet deliberations, prospects for U.S.-DPRK summit

On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, policy chiefs of the ruling and opposition parties exchanged views about issues being discussed in the Diet, including Moritomo Gakuen, work-style reform, and a bill on the implementation of integrated resorts with casino facilities. In addition, the panelists also expressed their views on the U.S.-DPRK summit planned for June 12. LDP Policy Affairs….Read more

SCIENCE > Environment

Blue Planet – Part 2: Life in shallow waters

Sunday’s “NHK Special” aired the second part of a new series on marine life, focusing on life in shallow waters. The program reported on coral reefs in the tropical zone, where 25% of all marine creatures live.

  • June 3, 2018
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