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SERIES Japan : On-the-Spot Reports | Make a Hit! Launching a Comic Book


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | ヒットをねらえ コミック創刊 [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2008

While weekly "manga" magazines for boys such as the Shonen Sunday and Shonen Magazine are celebrating their 50th anniversary, a series of new manga magazines for boys and girls are being released at around the same time. In fact, despite decreased numbers of publications of existing magazines due among other factors to an aging core readership, there is a new trend that attempts to appeal to the original target age group: kids. One of such magazines is the Monthly Shonen Rival. It targets kids whose first stop after school is the convenience store, and whose favorite activities at home are to watch comedy shows and anime on TV or play video games. To ensure its success, the publisher is focusing its efforts on discovering new talents whose age and sensitivity are as close as possible to those of the readers.
This program takes an up-close look at two new manga artists, one working on a manga where the main character consists of a transforming hero and the other on fourframe comic strips set on campus, and their editor.

SERIES Japan : On-the-Spot Reports | Quality Use of Your Old Clothing


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | どこへ行く あなたの古着 ~世界に続く再生ライン~ [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2008

Now in Japan various approaches are being taken to make use of old clothing. At clothes sorting factories, part-time workers sort through clothing coming at them on conveyor belts and divide the clothing into 130 categories for shipment to second destinations overseas. This program provides an up-close look at Japanese people's passion for fashion, the techniques of the clothing recycling industry, the obstacles standing in its way, and the efforts of the clothes sorting factories.

SERIES Japan : On-the-Spot Reports | Okinawa Coral Reefs in Crisis


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | 夏 サンゴの海 沖縄 慶良間諸島 [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2008

Some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world are found off Okinawa's Kerama Islands at the southern edge of Japan. The 250 different species of coral are a treasure trove for the islands and even provide a means of livelihood for local people. But because of the extremely hot summer in 2007, rising seawater temperatures due to global warming, coral bleaching, and the mysterious so-called white syndrome, the coral reefs are being injured. This program follows local diver and his friends in their desperate fight to protect the coral reefs, revealing the critical situation of the coral reefs and the thoughts of those working to preserve them.

SERIES Japan : On-the-Spot Reports | Judo in Japan – Men with Power, Pride & Passion


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | 日本武道館 柔道 男たちの熱闘 [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2007

The Nippon Budokan is ready to stage the All Japan Judo Championships. Among the contestants is the one who narrowly lost right at the end of last year's final match, the one who is aiming for consecutive championships, and one who has appeared eight times in the Championships but never won the title. This documentary presents all the tension and excitement of the hard-fought matches in the Championships held on April 29, 2007.

SERIES Japan : On-the-Spot Reports | The Trainee Barbers of Tokyo


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | ハサミ一本ではいあがれ [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2007

At the training salon for barbers in Tokyo which is known as the strictest in Japan, young trainee barbers in their 20s devote themselves to practice till late at night every day while living in a dormitory. The master barber has fostered many excellent Apparentices with his Spartan training style. This programme presents a detailed look at the young trainee barbers who are anxious to live on a pair of scissors.

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