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Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008

CHANNEL SURF

Organic food, JFK conspiracies, dealing with terminal cancer in a new way

Recent scandals concerning food produced in Japan and overseas have increased consumer interest in organic produce, which is seen as being both safer and healthier. On Tuesday, TV Tokyo's business-documentary program, "Gaia no Yuake (The Dawn of Gaia)" (10 p.m.), will look at organizations that are trying to make organic food more affordable.

Only 0.19 percent of all the agricultural products grown or raised in Japan qualify as organic, which implies that no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used in production.

The program looks mainly at go-between organizations who work on both sides of the issue, by encouraging more farmers to use less chemicals. At the same time they promote their produce among food distributors in order to forge long-term relationships that will bring the price of organic food down.

Almost 45 years after the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, there are still people who doubt the official version of events.

The latest conspiracy theory development is investigated on "Daitoryo wa Watashi ga Utta (I Shot the President)" (Nihon TV, Thursday, 7 p.m.).

The "I" of the title is James Files, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for murders unrelated to the Kennedy matter.

Files claims that he was the "other shooter" on the famous grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas, on the day JFK died.

Nihon TV goes through video and audio tapes of confessions that Files made to reporters in which he outlines his involvement in the murder.

NTV reporters analyze and verify five pieces of information that are central to Files' claims and uncover three pieces of evidence that "prove" Lee Harvey Oswald, who the U.S. government claims was the sole assassin, was innocent.

One of the main drains on government health insurance is terminal cancer patients who spend their final weeks or months in hospitals. The government is now trying to encourage such patients to spend their last days at home, however there is no established service of "comfort care" for such people in Japan.

On Feb. 24, "NHK Special" (NHK-G, 9 p.m.) profiles a Yokohama doctor who recently launched such a service. The 44-year-old physician specializes in treating cancer patients in their homes during the last stages of their disease.

Since starting his service several months ago, he says he has "seen off" about 100 patients.



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