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The Neighbours Have Paws – Tracking Tokyo’s Stray Cats –


大新宿ノラ猫物語 小さな子猫の大冒険 [NTV]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 1999

This documentary captures the interaction between human beings and stray cats in the concrete jungle of Kabukicho. Using hidden cameras, this is a fascinating record of a stray cat society that lives out its rituals virtually unnoticed by the teeming crowds of human pleasure-seekers in the streets just a few yards away, and the people who work there and care for these animals. It is a story of perilous journeys from roof to roof in search joys and sorrows, and, above all, the struggle for survival.

What is School? – The Decade of Struggle with Delinquents, Dropouts and School-Phobic Youths –


学校とは何か? ツッパリ・中退・不登校と格闘した10年 [HBC]

|Length : 55min. |Year : 1999

At Hokusei Yoichi High School, a private school in Hokkaido, high school dropouts from around the country who were once called "losers" come to enroll. At this school, everyday is a constant battle between teachers and students. Teachers not only confront incidents of violence, but also the various emotional difficulties and anguish that the students carry. However, eventually, even a student who was a former motorcycle gang member who distrusted schools is able to say, "School has become like my relative".

The 20th Century through the Eyes of Children – 10,000 Pictures Treasured by a School –


12歳が描いた20世紀 ある小学校に残された1万枚の絵 [KNB]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1998

At Bakuro Elementary School founded in 1901, "pictures" drawn by six-graders have been preserved for almost 100 years. The works of art, some dating back to around 1907, were left in the school's hands in commemoration of their graduation. the pictures give us an idea how the students were educated then, how their lifestyles were like back in the day, and how things have changed with the progress of time through the four Emperor's eras I.E. Meiji, Taisho, Showa and Heisei.

Sitting in Judgment on Nuclear Weapons


核兵器はこうして裁かれた 攻防・国際司法裁判所 [NHK]

|Length : 59min. |Year : 1997

The threat of another war involving nuclear weapons - this time possibly ending in the extinction of the human race - is with us daily. The end of the Cold War has not brought the once hoped for peace, but has resulted in a renewed competition between nations to become nuclear powers. This documentary, containing both historical and contemporary footage, looks at the "nuclear-free world" movement in New Zealand, and takes up the concerns of the peoples of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also follows the deliberations of the International Court of Justice as they debate the legality of nuclear weapons.

Senile in the Prime of Life


ボケと闘う 働き盛りの脳が眠るとき [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 1997

Physician and patient combat a debilitating disease

Contrary to popular belief, senility strikes not just those in their golden years, but also many in the prime of their life. As Dr. Takashi Tsukiyama reviews the case histories of his patients, he is startled to discover that 20 percent of the people he has treated for senility over the past three years were between the ages of 45 to 65. This documentary traces the case of a 55-year-old executive as he struggles against the loss of his mental facilities, examines the apparent causes of this illness, and the results of a promising new treatment.

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