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DIY Home Center Show 2015

This week's "On Site" report takes us to the Japan DIY Home Center Show. Doing it yourself and home improvement are popular pastimes in Japan. Join our resident handyman and reporter Akira Daniel Duncan for a hands-on visit to this exciting event.

DIY Home Center Show 2015

Schedule: Aug. 27 - 29, 2015
Location: Makuhari Messe

With nearly 500 companies participating, this three-day event drew in huge crowds of do-it-yourself and home-improvement enthusiasts. Featuring the latest products, as well as hands-on demos and workshops, it's a great way to check the pulse of the DIY market in Japan. With a huge number of home improvement stores nationwide, and a strong market that seems to have still more potential for growth, it's plain to see that DIY in Japan is serious business. This is no doubt partly thanks to great products and ideas from Japanese manufacturers. For this year's show, we found a ton or great gear including new cordless yet surprisingly powerful tools, super-duper double-sided tape, all-natural and easy-to-apply premixed plaster, a mini plasma cutter, a powerful log splitter that doubles as a can crusher and traditional wood planes that are as sharp as samurai swords.

  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015
  • DIY Home Center Show 2015

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- JAPAN DIY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Organizer Office +81-3-3263-6596

- Makita Corporation
Public Relations +81-566-98-1711

- 3M Japan Limited.
Public Relations +81-3-6409-3800

- NIPPON PLASTER CO.,LTD
Public Relations +81-283-62-6511

- STAR ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
Public Relations +81-466-27-2666

- KAZ CO., LTD.
Public Relations +81-794-82-6588

- GENTOS Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-3-3824-1667

- YAHATA NEJI Corporation
Public Relations +81-568-22-2629

- Kezuroukai
Public Relations +81-52-308-3059

Sticking it to Dirt

The subject of this week's "Gadgets" Segment is something that works as good as it looks! It's a cordless vacuum cleaner you can leave out in the room and even use as an air purifier. Designed for those of us who may not be too fond of cleaning but do it anyway, we'll see it in action and learn more about the philosophy behind its design.

Sticking it to Dirt

The iNSTICK from Mitsubishi Electric is a vacuum cleaner you never have to put away, as it blends into your interior. It's an easy, "pick-up-and-clean" vacuum cleaner featuring powerful suction unlike any other stick vacuum. Its unique construction makes for cleaner air exhaust, and, as a matter of fact, when not in use, it also functions as an air purifier. According to the product's designer, Hitomi Yotsuya, it was developed using the results of a survey conducted by the company and is aimed at the segment of the market they call "quick and easy" users. They determined that an easy-to-use yet powerful stick vacuum cleaner would be the best solution for this market. But the product doesn't just rely on its looks. The design team worked with the factory to ensure that it was as powerful and effective as possible. The resulting product is sure to be a big hit here in Japan.

  • Sticking it to Dirt
  • Sticking it to Dirt
  • Sticking it to Dirt
  • Sticking it to Dirt
  • Sticking it to Dirt
  • Sticking it to Dirt

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Public Relations +81-3-3218-2111

A Giant Eye to the Sky

There's a new optical telescope being built in Hawaii, which, when completed, will be one of the largest in the world. The optical glass manufacturer that's making its primary mirror is located right here in Japan. The glass they've developed has special properties that make it ideal for the job. Find out more on our "Special Report."

A Giant Eye to the Sky

An international project is currently underway to take space observation to the next level. The project is to construct one of the world's largest reflecting telescopes, called the 30-meter Telescope or TMT, in Hawaii. Its primary mirror will be 30 meters across; made up of approximately 500 individual hexagonal segments. To make this possible, a special kind of glass with minimal thermal expansion was necessary. Ohara, an optical glass manufacturer with strong ties to space exploration, was able to find the answer: a product they call Clearceram-Z. The ingredients and special techniques used in its production create a crystalline structure that actively resists expansion. The resulting material has lower thermal expansion than natural quartz or even diamond, which will allow the creation of an optical telescope that will help us observe the distant past and further study the universe at it's beginning.

  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky
  • A Giant Eye to the Sky

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- OHARA INC.
Public Relations +81-42-772-2101

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