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S255E00 Okinawa: Untold Suffering 17/06/2016 Last month, police arrested a civilian worker at a US base in Okinawa Prefecture for allegedly murdering
S255E01 'Sapiens': Insights into Our Past and Future 14/01/2017 "Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind" has become popular with leaders and intellectuals around the world. The best-seller offers insights that can help us to live in this world of conflict and division. The author talks about how we can create a better future.
S255E02 Overdoing the Low-Carb Diet 06/08/2016 Weight-loss diets which limit one's intake of rice, bread and other carbohydrates are enjoying a boom. The results often come quickly. Some people take the behavior to extremes, damaging their health. We look at the risks behind this new food fad.
S255E03 'In This Corner of the World': A Universal Message for Peace 28/01/2017 A Japanese animation set in wartime Hiroshima before the city's A-bombing has become a long-running hit. "In This Corner of the World" depicts how ordinary people go about their lives. It makes a powerful statement about human resilience under extraordinary circumstances. We consider the film's universal message.
S255E04 Online Labor Pains 04/02/2017 Japan's online job market is growing rapidly. But it poses problems such as low wages and copyright. How can freelancers and businesses that offer jobs online develop win-win relationships? We report from the front line.
S255E05 Threat of Chinese 'Super Copies' 17/09/2016 As China consolidates its place as a world power, its counterfeit product industry has turned to high-quality fakes. So-called "super copies" threaten not just other nations' businesses, but Chinese ones as well. NHK goes undercover at a pirated goods market.
S255E06 Tackling the Problem of Fake News 18/02/2017 Fake news is everywhere. It can do real social harm, and we may be helping to spread it unintentionally on the devices we use every day. Are there ways to stop the proliferation of false information in cyberspace? We take a look at recent efforts and hear from the experts.
S255E07 Rise of the Alt-Right: A New White Supremacism 25/02/2017 A new form of US racist ideology, the so-called alt-right, has been widening social divisions with the emergence of Donald Trump. We interview Richard Spencer, a leader of the movement, and a figure from a minority group that is taking up arms against it.
S255E08 19 Lives That Matter 04/03/2017 Last July, nineteen people with disabilities were killed at a care facility. The suspect, a former member of staff, declared the lives of disabled people to be worthless. With the names of the victims undisclosed for privacy reasons, NHK has set up a website with the approval of their families to shine a light on their lives.
S255E09 Bullying of Fukushima Evacuees: Victims Speak Out 18/03/2017 It's been six years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Harassment of people evacuated from the area has recently come to light, triggered by a memo written by an elementary school pupil. He was bullied severely at school just because he was an evacuee. NHK survey reveals the reality of evacuees' suffering.
S255E10 Costly Drugs Draining Healthcare 23/07/2016 "We should set a limit on healthcare coverage in Japan for the aged". That suggestion by one doctor is having widespread repercussions. He says the universal healthcare system will collapse if it continues to subsidize new, more effective but expensive drug treatments. Questions are arising about the costs of saving a life.
S255E11 Interacting with Robot Avatars 02/07/2016 We are beginning to see robot avatars in shops, workplaces, even schools. These machines are removing physical barriers to communication, and giving some people more confidence to speak their minds. We conduct an interview with Edward Snowden's robot avatar to give you a sense of how technology is transforming the way we interact.
S255E12 Artificial Intelligence: Creative or Copycat? 16/07/2016 Short stories written by AI software recently passed the first round of screening for a literary award in Japan. AI is also creating highly sophisticated paintings and music. Computers conquered humans at board games long ago. Will they soon overtake us at artistic endeavors, too?
S255E13 Obamas Visit to Hiroshima 28/05/2016 On May 27th, Barack Obama visited Hiroshima as leader of the only country that has used atomic bomb in war. He is the first, serving US president to do so. How did he arrive at this decision and what do A-bomb survivors expect of his visit? The president explains his intentions in an exclusive interview with NHK.
S255E14 13 New Snowden Files: US Provided Japan with Spy Tool? 13/05/2017 In April, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a batch of classified intelligence files on Japan. One document claimed that the US provided Japan with a mass-surveillance program. For the second installment in our series, we sat down with Snowden for an exclusive interview, as part of a broader discussion about the competing interests of privacy and security.
S255E15 Male Menopause: Risks and Remedies 20/05/2017 If you are a middle-age man and feel tired or irritable for no obvious reason, it may be a condition called male menopause. We enlisted some men who suffer the symptoms and look at the medical advice of a specialist.
S255E16 Telomeres: A Key to Slowing Aging 27/05/2017 Telomeres sit at the ends of the chromosomes in each human cell. They may hold the key to a long, healthy and youthful life. In this week's program, we look at the latest studies on telomeres, and practical methods for maintaining them and leading a healthy lifestyle.
S255E17 Stopping Killer Asteroids 03/06/2017 When an asteroid strikes the Earth, it can destroy an entire city… or more. Astronomers have so far found about 16,000 asteroids that might cross into Earth's orbit. How can we prevent one of them striking our planet? We look at ideas from astronomers at the Planetary Defense Conference, held in Tokyo last month.
S255E18 Terminating Life Support 10/06/2017 It's been a taboo in Japan for doctors to take a patient off life-support. But in the last decade, attitudes have been changing. Doctors now have guidelines to discuss end-of-life options with patients and their families, including stopping life prolonging treatments. We'll report from the medical frontlines.
S255E19 The Widowed Lifestyle: Searching for Happiness 17/06/2017 Japan is a rapidly graying society. The number of widows and widowers is steadily rising. Many of them live by themselves and feel lonely now that their partners are gone. We take a look at how they are trying to recover from their loss and lead positive and happy lives.
S255E20 Slacking on Safety: Another Radiation Blunder 24/06/2017 A bag containing plutonium recently burst at a Japanese nuclear facility, exposing five workers to radiation. Questions are being asked about why such accidents repeatedly occur in a country that keeps almost 11 tons of plutonium. We look at issues of safety management and think about how to prevent future accidents.
S255E21 Graduating from Motherhood 01/07/2017 Famous manga artist and mother of two teenagers Rieko Saibara prompted shock and praise when she declared she was giving up the chores of motherhood, as well as the end of her popular newspaper cartoon, "Kaasan - Mom's Life". At a time when many parents help their children find jobs and even marriage partners, we ask Saibara for her insights into parent-child relations.
S255E22 Dhaka Attack: One Year on 08/07/2017 The latest string of terrorist attacks shows anyone can be a target. One year after members of an Islamic extremist group stormed a Bangladesh restaurant, killing 22 people including seven Japanese, we ask how we can protect ourselves from such incidents.
S255E23 Banning Nuclear Arms: Ideal vs. Reality 15/07/2017 The world's first treaty placing a legal ban on nuclear weapons was passed on July 7th. But nuclear states such as the United States, along with Japan and 27 other countries under the US nuclear umbrella, didn't sign it. Can a "nuclear-free world" be realized? We hear what the head of the UN's disarmament office has to say.
S255E24 Subcontractor Squeeze 22/07/2017 While Japan's big firms enjoy the benefits of an economic recovery, many subcontractors endure unfair and exploitative practices. These small and mid-size companies employ about 70 percent of the nation's workforce. We examine why they're at a disadvantage, and look at the efforts to rectify the problem.
S255E25 1,050 Career Wins! Hakuho Makes Sumo History 29/07/2017 Hakuho has set a new Grand Sumo record in career wins. When he came to Japan from Mongolia 17 years ago, he was a skinny 15-year-old boy. His success is unprecedented in the harsh world of the traditional Japanese martial art. We spoke with him right after the July tournament where he made history, and asked him what his next goal is.
S255E26 Virtual Currency Bubble? 05/08/2017 Cryptocurrencies are becoming popular. A growing number of online traders are making huge profits by trading in them, but the values of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile. What are their merits and demerits? We hear what experts have to say about the potential effect of virtual currencies on our daily lives
S255E27 Unwanted Remains: Ashes or Trash? 02/09/2017 Japan is seeing a rise in unclaimed human remains. Abandoned urns containing ashes have been found in coin-lockers, highway rest stops, and even in a rubbish bin at a race track. We look at factors including economic reasons behind this growing social problem.

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