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Japan Home & Building Show

If you want to know what makes Japanese houses unique on the inside and out, you don't need to go further than the Japan Home & Building Show. We'll focus on products that feature this country's characteristic style and unique take on building materials. Join reporter Brian Hughes for a closer look in this week's "On Site" report.

Japan Home & Building Show

Schedule: Nov. 15 - 17, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Between space limitations and strict safety requirements, Japan is home to innovation in both construction techniques, and building materials. It's also home to a great sense of style. Whether you prefer classic Japanese, or the truly modern, there's something to like for everyone. And you can see it all at the Japan Home & Building Show. This time around, our focus is on products that you'd most likely never see outside of Japan, featuring its characteristic style and unique take on building materials. Highlights from our coverage include a unique flooring system using a material commonly associated with walls, economical earthquake protection, a modern take on traditional roofing tiles, an exterior finishing system that insulates and beatifies any home, wooden partitions with real character, and two very unique ways to repurpose traditional textiles and dyeing techniques.

  • Japan Home & Building Show
  • Japan Home & Building Show
  • Japan Home & Building Show
  • Japan Home & Building Show
  • Japan Home & Building Show
  • Japan Home & Building Show

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.

- Yoshino Gypsum Co., Ltd.
Shin-Tokyo Bldg., 3-1 Marunouchi, Tokyo 100-0005 JAPAN

- BX Kaneshin Co., Ltd.
4-19-12 Okudo, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-0022 JAPAN

- Tsuruya Co., Ltd.
2-12 Sunosaki-cho, Handa City, Aichi Prefecture 475-8528 JAPAN

- Aimori Inc.
105 Nishiki-cho, Date City, Hokkaido Prefecture 052-0026 JAPAN

- Fujisangyo Co., Ltd.
60-6 Sagisaka, Naka, Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture 438-0004 JAPAN

- Kagazome Promotion Corporative Association.
8-8 Koshou-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0932 JAPAN

Used Up Pencils, Unite!

A pencil sharpener might not seem like a very exciting product. After all it just makes a pencil a little bit shorter, right? That may be true most of the time, but in this super-sharp installment of our "Gadgets" segment, we'll see one that makes the pencils longer. You might say it's all about economy, but this little gadget is also a lot of fun!

Used Up Pencils, Unite!

The "Tsunago" may look like an ordinary pencil sharpener, but don't judge a book by its cover, or, in this case, a sharpener by its shell. Made by sharpener experts NJK, its internals are rather unique to say the least, with three separate holes with different functions. One carves out a conical hole in the flat end of a pencil, the next shapes the point, giving it a special inset conical point, and the third helps to trim up the work done by the second. When you go through all the steps with two or more pencils you can link them together, giving short and stubby remnants a new lease on life. The company struggled to get the right fit, using a samurai sword in its scabbard as their ideal. It is definitely eco-friendly, but it may also be the world's first entertaining pencil sharpener. Find some old pencils around the house, and you might even be able to connect three generations' worth of pencils.

  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!
  • Used Up Pencils, Unite!

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.

- Nakajima Jukyudo Co., Ltd.
7-3-28 Miyakenaka, Matsubara, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 580-0046 JAPAN

Burning Fat, Generating Power

The subject of our "Special Report" this week addresses an issue found in cities around the world. Specifically, the scourge of sewage pipes that are clogged by animal fat which has been improperly disposed of. We'll look at a truly clever solution that can help to prevent this by turning animal fat into fuel for the generation of electricity.

In Saitama Prefecture, a new facility called the Food Green Power Plant started operating this summer. Developed by a company called TBM, the origin of its peculiar name comes from the unique kind of fuel it uses to produce electricity. Several dozen buckets, which contain the base ingredient for the plant's fuel, are delivered to the facility on a daily basis. The plant retrieves animal fat from the wastewater of food product factories and restaurants and refines it to create a bio-fuel called "straight mixed oil," or "SMO," which is then used to power diesel generators. Indeed, the company's wastewater treatment business is what gave them the idea for this system, allowing their clients to profit from something they once paid to dispose of. TBM hopes to build several small-scale plants in areas surrounding the city of Tokyo rather than a single large facility to help power the city.

  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power
  • Burning Fat, Generating Power

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.

- TBM Co., Ltd.
5-1586 Mikashima, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture 359-1164 JAPAN

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