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Japan : On-the-Spot Reports

ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 [NHK]

A new documentary style program in which a camera is affixed at a specific site to observe Japan as it is today from various aspects.

SERIES 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 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 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 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 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.

SERIES Urban Drill Girls


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | 町工場 ドリルガールズ [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2007

Despite possessing world class standards of technology, small urban factories are experiencing unpopularity with the young people of today and there is a shortage of new employees. Recently, however, they have been gaining a new female workforce, young women.This programme follows these spirited women who have taken the plunge into a man's world and shows their earnest approach to their demanding work.

SERIES The Village of Hopes & Dreams


ドキュメント にっぽんの現場 | 虹を追う直売所 大分・日田市大山町 [NHK]

|Length : 29min. |Year : 2007

With annual sales of 15.7 million US dollars and 700 different agricultural and processed products on sale, the Oita Oyama-cho Agricultural Cooperative direct sales outlet on the island of Kyushu is said to be one of the most active local markets in Japan.Centered around this outlet, more and more farmers can now make at least 100,000 dollars in one year. This programme takes a close look at the outlet in action and the farmers who have come up with a variety of ideas for revitalization of their village.

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