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Rugby and Typhoons

A festival of rugby in Japan, but no thanks to the weather

The Rugby World Cup has drawn the attention of the world to Japan for the last six weeks. But the tournament has not been without its difficulties, mostly ones beyond the power of the authorities to control. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has been sheltering from the storm.

Veganism is on the rise in many countries in the world. Switching to a plant-base diet is said to be one of the biggest contributions an individual can make to reducing their impact on the environment. But veganism has its own dangers, as Ashitha Nagesh finds out in St. Petersburg.

South Korea is today a beacon of democracy and economic stability in East Asia. Street rallies have recently forced the resignation of the justice minister. But it wasn't always thus. The country was run by the army within living memory. And John Kampfner says protest then was a different matter.

Somaliland, a small breakaway territory in East Africa, has a long coastline along the Gulf of Aden. But strangely it doesn't have much of a fishing industry. That's changing now and Amy Guttman finds people getting to know an entirely new cuisine.

And, what it’s like to come face to face with a people trafficker. Owen Pinnell describes an awkward meeting in Guinea, where his team from BBC News Arabic were on the trail of smugglers who use smartphone apps to sell people into modern slavery. As he discovered, those who engage in illegal and highly abusive activities can sometimes appear to be perfectly charming individuals.

Presenter: Kate Adie
Producer: Tim Mansel

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