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Production Year 2009

SERIES Masters of Their Profession | 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 Masters of Their Profession | 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 Masters of Their Profession | 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 Masters of Their Profession | 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 Mark of Beauty | Folding Fans


美の壷 | 扇子 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2009

Folding fans have long been used as a tool to keep cool but also as a fine piece of ornament. First introduced around 1,200 years ago in the ancient capital of Kyoto, the original folding fans were said to have been created by binding thin strips of Japanese cypress. The surface, its most important aspect, was embellished with beautiful and elegant paintings produced by artists of the time. These were used by aristocrats in ritual ceremonies and were highly valued ornaments. Japanese folding fans were also extremely popular among European aristocrats in the 18th century.

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