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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.

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Savor Japan, Pt. 2

On this show we visit, Tokachi: The legacy of the land and the frontier spirit, Ichinoseki & Hiraizumi: 400 years of mochi culture and finally, Maze,Gero: The riverside village blessed with having nothing.

  • 2017-09-24T11:00:00-07:00

Our Lives In Fukushima

A community whose population now includes thousands of workers at the Daiichi plant. A temporary school in evacuation, tries to keep the children from losing memories of their hometown.These are just some of the episodes of daily life in Fukushima, 6 years after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of 2011.This program documents the new day to day, of a place that's still battling the consequences of the nuclear accident.

  • 2017-09-29T05:00:00-07:00

NHK Special

Hard-hitting documentary that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and social challenges that Japan - and our world - is facing.

  • 2017-09-30T01:10:00-07:00

The Birth of 'A Peaceful Nation'

This year is the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the Japanese Constitution, a document that has served as the foundation of the country’s commitment to peace. Nowadays, however, some people believe the time has come for the Constitution to be amended. Recently discovered materials have shed light on howthe warrenouncing principles of Article 9 were created.On September 4, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced the establishment of a peaceful nation in his Imperial Rescript. Support for that goal spread domestically and abroad. Kijuro Shidehara became Prime Minister in October.

  • 2017-10-06T05:00:00-07:00

Searching for Japanese Fathers

This film unveils a hidden history which starts in the Dutch East Indies under Japanese occupation during WWII. The protagonists were born of Eurasian mothers and Japanese fathers as children of the enemy. They moved to the Netherlands with their mothers while their fathers went back to Japan after the war. The absence of their fathers becomes a missing piece in their lives, and the ensuing search stretches across continents. One of the protagonists, Nippy Noya, is the percussionist in a Netherlands-based rock band called Massada.

  • 2017-10-13T05:00:00-07:00

Rescuing the Lost Battalion:The True Story of the Japanese-American Unit

During World War II, severely discriminated Japanese-Americans formed the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to show their loyalty to the United States. They served the nation with great distinction on the Western Front and were regarded as 'heroes'. In October 1944, one cruel operation changed it all. It was an emergency order to rescue around 200 Caucasian American soldiers whom were surrounded by German troops. This reckless mission, later known as “The Lost Battalion”, resulted in more than 800 casualties and 211 men were successfully rescued. What exactly happened during this mission?

  • 2017-10-20T05:00:00-07:00