NHK's flagship current affairs documentary program features a series of specials commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. 

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Symbols of Revival: Tohoku's Cherry Trees

After a long, cold, and snowy winter, the people of northeastern Japan have good reason to look forward to spring. The arrival of the cherry blossoms provides even more of an incentive to spend time in the sunshine. The area has many famous sakura trees. And in the area devastated by the earthquake of six years ago, sakura trees return without fail every spring. Join us on a cherry blossom journey through northeastern Japan.

  • 2017-04-28T05:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Inside The 'Kimdom': North Korea Exposed

This documentary concerns a classified national file in excess of 12, 000 pages contained on one USB memory stick, apparently leaked from the Korean People's Army, revealing the strategic plan of leader Kim Jong-un.

  • 2017-05-05T05:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Cycle Around Japan: Kumamoto - Riding The Volcanic Land

The area of Kumamoto Prefecture, in the center of Lyushu, is recovering from an earthquake last year, but is the stage for cycling this year. It swings by Mount Aso, where one of the world's largest volcanic craters is located, in this 4-day, 300 km bicycle journey.

  • 2017-05-12T05:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Bacchan: Granny's Table

A former volunteer probation officer in Japan's western city of Hiroshima has opened up her dining for more than three decades to feed kids who cannot have proper meals at home. Chikako Nakamoto's initiative is meant to counter a void left as communities hollow out and family ties unravel. The documentary closely describes her daily life as she offers support for children by providing her hand-made dishes.

  • 2017-05-19T05:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD