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New type of corporate downsizing on the rise

The program reported on the trend toward a new type of corporate downsizing in Japan, in which companies encourage their employees to go to temporary agencies to find new jobs. The program quoted a lawyer as saying that such practices violate the Labor Contract Act, adding that the MHLW also views it as a problem.

  • April 13, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Daycare crisis

The program reported on the increasing number of accidents and abuse at children’s daycare centers amid the government’s efforts to increase the number of daycare facilities to address the lack of certified nursery schools. The program said due to the surge in the number of infants aged 0-1 who require special care, there are growing concerns about the quality of….Read more

  • April 12, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Behind the scenes report on split of yakuza crime syndicate

The program reported on the largest yakuza crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, and its spinoff group Kobe-Yamaguchi-gumi, saying that the two groups have been repeatedly involved in violent clashes. According to the program, although the number of Yamaguchi-gumi members was originally about 23,400 before the split, it has dropped to 14,100. The Kobe-Yamaguchi-gumi took about 6,100 members and is gaining momentum. The….Read more

  • April 8, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

This year’s newly hired employees

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” reported that more than 700,000 newly hired employees began working on April 1 nationwide, pointing out some “changes” in ceremonies held by companies to welcome such new recruits. The program said although it was unprecedented in the past, an increasing number of companies invited the parents of their new employees to attend such ceremonies, reflecting the….Read more

  • April 5, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Buddhism gaining popularity in China

NHK’s”Close-up Gendai” reported that a growing number of Chinese elites are becoming Buddhists amid China’s economic slowdown, saying that it is believed that there are as many as 300 million Buddhists in China. The program followed several Chinese students from prestigious universities who became priests, saying that they are frustrated with society’s corruption and greed, and are seeking stability and….Read more

  • April 6, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Baseball gambling

The program reported on the issue of baseball gambling among former Yomiuri Giants players, airing an exclusive interview with one of them, who was permanently banned from professional baseball. Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Tatsuya Matsumoto expressed an apology and explained that he got involved in baseball gambling as another pastime, like cards and mah-jongg, played with teammates to relieve stress.….Read more

  • April 8, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > Nichiyo Toron

Senior party officials discuss planned tax hike

  Top senior officials of the ruling and opposition parties appeared live on the program and discussed the pros and cons of raising the consumption tax hike to 10% as originally planned in April 2017. LDP Vice President Komura said: “Unless there is a major event such as the financial crisis after the ‘Lehman Shock’ or a major earthquake, we….Read more

  • April 3, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

MEGA DISASTER II

The program reported on the emerging risk that another huge earthquake may occur in Japan, saying that land on the coast of the Tohoku region has been elevated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the sea bottom plates are moving toward the west, possibly because of the ongoing movement of the mantle triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.….Read more

  • April 3, 2016
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TV PROGRAMS > NHK Special

Series of major earthquakes in Kumamoto

The program reported on the series of powerful earthquakes in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, saying that an unprecedented number of strong quakes hit the area, devastating buildings and other infrastructure. The program said a growing number of people are suffering from stress-related diseases and many have died from deep-vein thrombosis.  

  • April 23, 2016
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