Japanese TV, long derided by newcomers to the country, has really hit its stride in the age of social media. An old show, repackaged for Netflix, underlines why.

“Hajimete no Otsukai” has popped up intermittently on Nippon TV since 1991, and it’s a local favorite. The premise is simple: A toddler is sent out on an errand by themselves — buying a cake, delivering something to a neighbor — and a camera crew films (and assists when needed) from close by. The parents look on, watching their child take their first wobbly steps into being a responsible person and almost always tearing up.

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