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FOODEX Japan

Japanese food has no shortage of fans. But it's safe to say that - no matter how much you know - there are still quite a few special products and unique processed foods that you're not yet familiar with. For our "On Site" report, join Tomoko Maeda for a taste of delicious items from all over the country that may just surprise you!

FOODEX Japan

Schedule: Mar. 8 - 11, 2016
Location: Makuhari Messe

First held in 1976, this year marks the 41st edition of this event dedicated to all things edible. One of the largest food and beverage expos in Asia, in order to facilitate business talks, the venue has recently been organized into more specialized categories, such as region of production and product type. But naturally the part that everyone - industry reps and other visitors alike - enjoys most, is the chance to sample the products themselves. There are exhibitors from every corner of the world, but we focused our report on specialties from all over Japan, showing you offerings from various regions that might be hard to find elsewhere. Some of the highlights from this year's coverage include a DIY tofu kit, a traditional condiment with a modern twist, fabulous dried fish that blend Japanese and western tastes, a live fish shipping service, gorgeous green tea, and more. Bon app├ętit!

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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 Management Association
14F Sumitomo Corporation Takebashi Bldg., 1-2-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda City Tokyo 100-0003 JAPAN

- MINAMI SANGYO CO.,LTD.
3-18 Toshin-cho, Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture 510-0025 JAPAN

- Hiramatsu Seafoods Company
2-1 Orizi, Umeyabu-cho, Toyohashi City Aichi Prefecture 441-0155 JAPAN

- Nihonkai Okikatsugyo Club
544-38 Urago, Nishinoshima-cho, Oki Gun, Shimane Prefecture 684-0211 JAPAN

- SHIMOZONO SATSUO SHOTEN CO.,LTD.
1013-1 Yuda-cho, Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture 899-1802 JAPAN

- Syougyokuen Tea Processing Co., Ltd.
54 Kusauchimiyanogo, Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture 610-0311 JAPAN

- Maniwa Noodles Co., Ltd.
498 No, Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture 361-0026 JAPAN

- KONNYAKUYAHONPO CO., LTD.
2858 Nukata, Konosu City, Saitama Prefecture 365-0059 JAPAN

- Komeryotei Hachidaime Gihey
10 Nishishichijokitakinuta-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8883 JAPAN

- Full Cast Win Co., Ltd.
30-26 Iizuka-cho, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture 918-8067 JAPAN

3D Printed Support

Thanks to 3D printing, individuals can now develop products on their own. For this week's edition of our "Gadgets" segment, we'll pay a visit to the home office of a man who has been developing self-help devices needed by the elderly and disabled. The products he's making are not only helpful, they're beautiful too.

3D Printed Support

In Otsu City, along the shores of Lake Biwa, not too far from Kyoto, you'll find the workshop of a man named Tatsuo Ishibashi. He calls his company, Mizu Laboratory. Mr. Ishibashi formerly worked as an engineer, and, after retirement, began developing water processing systems in hopes of making a social contribution in developing countries; so he got himself a 3D printer. Inspired by his dissatisfaction with existing self-help devices for the elderly and disabled, he also began to come up with his own ideas for such products. Beyond function, he wanted them to look good, too. Many of his designs incorporate traditional Japanese patterns and have pleasing shapes. Most interestingly, his designs are produced for consumers elsewhere; his own 3D printer is only used for prototyping. The actual production gets done by industrial-grade 3D printers here in Japan as well as the US.

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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.

- Mizu Laboratory
Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture JAPAN

The Science of Growing Pearls

For this installment of our "Special Report," we'll learn a whole lot about cultured pearls. Starting off in a Tokyo area jeweler, we'll then take a look at the cultivation process used to create these beautiful pearls. We'll also find out more about their ongoing research projects aimed at improving yield and reducing environmental impact.

The Science of Growing Pearls

In 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultivated hemispherical pearls. It was his desire to protect akoya oysters that were almost decimated due to overfishing that prompted him to start his pearl cultivation business. In the early 1900s, he established a pearl research center, which has since then been pursing research to continuously improve the quality of Mikimoto's pearls while also monitoring the condition of the aquatic environment in the Ago Bay area and the pearl farming facilities themselves. One of the technologies they've developed involves attaching sensors to live oysters that relay the movements of the shells closing and opening when they react to anomalies in the water conditions. Some of their other efforts include a zero-emission fishing grounds project, and an attempt to deepen our understanding of the genetics of the amazing akoya oysters they use to produce their pearls.

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  • The Science of Growing Pearls

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.

- K.MIKIMOTO & CO.,LTD.
5-5-13 Toyosu, Koto City Tokyo 135-0061 JAPAN

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