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Masters of Their Profession

プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 [NHK]

The documentary series with a new angle sheds full light onto first-rate professionals from various fields that have become a class of their own. The program, with footage that focuses on the professionals at work, invites them to the studio for interviews.

SERIES A Farewell to Arms and Hatred


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 銃よ、憎しみよ、さようなら [NHK]

|Length : 48min. |Year : 2009

Rumiko Seya steps into front lines of conflict zones across the globe to take part in DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration) projects. These projects attempt to retrieve weapons from ex-soldiers in former conflict zones, and to reintegrate these ex-soldiers back into society. Seya has received much praise for the DDR work she had done in Afghanistan, among other places. Currently, she is taking part in a massive DDR project in Sudan which aims to reintegrate 180,000 ex-soldiers back into society over a span of four years. The program zooms in on Seya's ability to talk face to face with battle-scarred souls, as she leads them toward peace.

SERIES The More Mistakes, the Better Life Gets : Takao Furuno-farmer


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 失敗の数だけ、人生は楽しい [NHK]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 2009

Takao Furuno is the farmer who consolidated "duck rice farming", a method which enables large yields of rice without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The method has now spread; it is being put to practice in countries across the globe. In 2007, Furuno challenged himself to take the method one step further, to evolve it into an entirely new method. If successful, this new method would save significant time and effort, allowing the yielding of rice without the hard labor of growing seedlings and planting rice plants. The program focuses in on farmer Furuno's philosophies, as he works on-site.

SERIES Living the Forest, Mentored by the Mountain : Isao Yuasa, Tree regenerator


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 森に生きる、山に教わる~森林再生人・湯浅勲 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 2009

Artificial cedar and cypress forests, which account for 40% of Japan's forests, are on the brink of extinction. They are poorly maintained and neglected due to the import of cheap materials, causing serious environmental damage such as fallen trees and mudslides. In the midst of this ecological crisis, 57-year old Isao Yuasa, who leads the forestry cooperative of Hiyoshi, a small town in Kyoto, is attracting particular attention. He actually recovered 70% of Hiyoshi's abandoned forest, an achievement that impressed many of his peers. This program features Isao Yuasa and his efforts to bring back life to all of Japan's forests.

SERIES Fight Against Bird Flu : Nahoko Shindo — World Health Organization


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 鳥インフルエンザを封じ込めろ~WHO・進藤奈邦子 [NHK]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 2009

Bird flu is currently the center of all attention. Forty-one year old Nahoko Shindo is member of a group directly involved in the research for a solution that would put an end to the spread of the virus. She is a World Health Organization (WHO) doctor. Today, the greatest challenge for her and her colleagues is to prevent a global pandemic. To this end, the team takes various measures to contain the infection, such as identifying transmission routes and installing isolation wards. Meanwhile, at home, Shindo is a mother of two. Although she manages to balance work and family life, she flies off to other ends of the world as soon as there is news of a bird flu outbreak.

SERIES Devote Everything to the Beauty of a Split Second : Pyrotechnician


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 一瞬の美にすべてをかける ~花火師~ [NHK]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 2007

Pyrotechnician, Yoichi Nomura has been sweeping to victory at fireworks competitions in Japan. He controls each light that is emitted from the fireworks perfectly. Taking a whole year to complete accurate fireworks down to the millimeter shows his intense obsession as a true craftsman. Behind his success, there was a hard 20-year preparatory period. Spending one summer with Yoichi Nomura, the pyrotechnician of matchless skills, this documentary looks at the depth of his spirit as a craftsman.

SERIES Dogs are partners in the Life


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | イヌは人生のパートナー ~盲導犬訓練士~ [NHK]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 2007

Each year, Satoru Tawada one of the best guide dog trainers in Japan, has trained more than 200 guide dogs.Every dog entirely obeys Tawada, who is known for his ability to speak the dog language. He is now in charge of a guide dog trainers school in Kanagawa Prefecture. In February 2007, he performed a joint training where he and his students introduced a guide dog to a visually impaired owner.

SERIES The Depth of Life sets the Caliber of the master : Miya-daiku


プロフェッショナル 仕事の流儀 | 棟梁の器は人生の深さ ~宮大工~ [NHK]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 2007

Kyoji Kikuchi is one of the best "Miya-daiku"s in Japan. The word "daiku" in Japanese means a carpenter. "Miya-daiku", however, specialises in shrines and temples. Kikuchi has been engaged in numerous wooden structures, which includes building the main hall of Motsuji Temple, designated as one of Japan's special historic sites. With traditional skills, he completes buildings which can weather the hardships for hundreds of years. This documentary focuses on his spirit and attitude towards work as a craftsman, and at the same time, as a leader.

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