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EcoPro

A growing number of companies are placing emphasis on corporate social responsibility, undertaking activities that improve living standards as well as reduce environmental impact. EcoPro is a great place to see their latest efforts and it's also designed to help educate the young on these vital issues. Join Lemi Duncan, "On Site."

EcoPro

Schedule: Dec. 7 - 9 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This exhibition has an emphasis on ecological and energy issues, and even extending to broader social problems. With some of the world's most impressive environmental technologies, Japan is also unfortunately among the globe's top emitters of CO2; a list which also includes the US, China, India, and Russia, making the efforts in this field of paramount importance. While looking at the latest eco tech and efforts towards sustainability, EcoPro is also about education with displays for children everywhere you look. Highlights from our coverage include corporate social outreach programs from some of Japan’s biggest companies promoting sustainable development, safety gear made with eco-friendly materials, socks made with bicycle power, a crafty way to reuse aluminum cans, a mobile mini fridge with real social impact, and the latest in cellulose nanofiber technology.

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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.

- Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN

- Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
1 Kanda Izumi-cho, Chyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0024 JAPAN

- Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
2-27-1 Shinkawa, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8260 JAPAN

- Midori Anzen Co., Ltd.
5-4-3 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8455 JAPAN

- Souki Co., Ltd.
6-5 Hikiso, Kouryo-cho, Kitakatsuragi Gun, Nara Prefecture 635-0824 JAPAN

- Kaneshika Tool Co., Ltd.
1-4-7 Tsukanome, Sanjyo-City, Niigata Prefecture 955-0055 JAPAN

- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8310 JAPAN

- Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
6-10-12 Toshoma, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-8583 JAPAN

-Oji Holdings Corporation.
4-7-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN

- Ministry of the Environment, Government Japan.
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975 JAPAN

A Booth for Mommy and Baby

For new mothers, going out with baby can be a real challenge, particularly here in Japan, where most people rely on public transportation. But one Japanese entrepreneur has come up with an answer. On "+Style," we'll check this little box meant for use in public places like shopping centers that's much more than a changing station.

A Booth for Mommy and Baby

"Mamaro" is a completely new type of nursing room for mothers with new babies. The space is compact, but it features many innovative ideas, like a movable shelf. There's also space to place a large bag mothers often use to carry things like diapers, baby wipes, and a bottle. Another great feature is that it's linked to an app that will display a map that shows where Mamaro booths are located. The product's creator, Yusuke Hasegawa, was inspired by the lack of such facilities in the Tokyo area to come up with the new design. Beyond convenience, it's also about safety with privacy, using sensors to detect occupants while not using cameras. By improving these sensor technologies in the future, the room could potentially be used in the healthcare field as well. The company aims to set up 100 units in 2018, and to eventually provide nursing booths to the rest of Asia and the world.

  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby
  • A Booth for Mommy and Baby

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.

- Trim Inc.
4-24-3-1A Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0002 JAPAN

Hydroelectricity Miniaturized

In this "Special Report," we'll look at water power; a well-known form of renewable energy. The Cappa hydroelectric generator has a new compact design that helps to reduce the cost and environmental impact associated with this form of power. And it can also be installed just about anywhere by a small group of workers.

Cappa is a water-powered generator that produces electricity in a rather different way to standard dams. Weighing only 57kg, it can be installed without machinery. It just needs to be mounted on a metal framework, and it's ready to go. Cappa can generate power in water current that's only 1 meter wide and 50cm deep, and it doesn't require any construction work to be installed. The propeller housing has a narrower opening where the water flows in and a wider one where it comes out. This tapered shape is based on a Formula 1 racer's diffuser, designed to accelerate the flow of air underneath the vehicle, creating a down force that pushes the car against the road's surface, and in this case allowing each Cappa unit to generate up to 70V of AC power from relatively slow water flow. Many communities around the world could surely benefit from this easy and affordable new power supply.

  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized
  • Hydroelectricity Miniaturized

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.

- Ibasei Ltd.
4-7-10 Kamine-cho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture 317-0064 JAPAN

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