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What You Taught Me About My Son

In 2007, a young Japanese with severe autism wrote a book titled The Reason I Jump. Authored by Naoki Higashida, it reveals the inner heart of a person with autism and has become an international bestseller translated into over 20 languages. This success is due to author David Mitchell, who has an autistic son. Having had experience living in Japan, David could read the book in Japanese and felt that his own son was speaking to him through Naoki’s words, providing insight into such behaviors as head banging and uncontrolled vocalization. He translated the essays into English to help other families around the world who grapple with autism. In March 2014, David visited Naoki in Japan, where they had a moving encounter. This is the story of international hope, engendered by interaction between a young Japanese with autism and an English author.

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Searching for My Japanese Grandfather: Vanished In Wartime America

To American photojournalist Regina Boone, her paternal grandfather Tsuruju Miyazaki was a mystery. He was a hard-working Japanese immigrant and built a family with an African-American woman. But he was arrested on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack never to return home. Regina's father, a prominent journalist and founder of a prestigious Virginia newspaper, hardly ever spoke about Miyazaki throughout his life. It was only 5 years ago on his death bed, that he asked Regina to find out why her grandfather vanished and to search for their family's roots in Japan.

  • 2019-06-28T05:00:00-07:00

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 2

Since 2007, NHK has been granted exclusive access to the studio of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, documenting his creative process for 10 years. While his films have won international acclaim for their stunning visuals, this four-part documentary series explores the gritty reality behind the scenes. Miyazaki is shown as a passionate artisan, a father going head to head with his son, and a steadfast trailblazer.

  • 2019-07-05T05:00:00-07:00

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 4

The 4-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes at the studio of the trailblazing animator to explore the gritty reality of anime-making and the many faces of the passionate artisan himself.

  • 2019-07-12T05:00:00-07:00

Medical Frontiers Special - Search for Superfoods In Niigata

Rice is Japan's staple food. High in sugar, but rice is emerging as superfood. Rice and rice products reduce cholesterol and fat. Let's search for the secret of rice in Niigata, a major producer.

  • 2019-07-19T05:00:00-07:00