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Japan Fishing Show

"On Site" this week, we're off to the Japan Fishing Show, Japan's largest fishing-related trade show. It's the go-to source for the latest information and products in this popular pastime that's also a serious business. Join reporter and aspiring angler Lemi Duncan as she tries out all the latest and greatest new fishing gear from Japan.

Japan Fishing Show

Schedule: Jan. 19 - 21, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The Japan Fishing Show is Japan's largest fishing-related trade show, a primary source for the latest information and products in this popular pastime that's also a serious business. This show mainly targets the many fishing enthusiasts here in Japan, offering all the best new gear, accessories, and fashions in fishing. Their numbers, however, are apparently half what they once were at their peak, meaning that the hobby is technically in decline. But the major and minor makers of everything from rods to reels, and lines to lures are still working hard to attract new business. This event also remains a popular one, drawing in huge crowds of fishing fans year after year. Highlights from our coverage include the latest in bait casting and spinning reels from two top makers, the most attractive new lures from an industry giant, hot fishing fashions, and gear for traditional Japanese anglers.

  • Japan Fishing Show
  • Japan Fishing Show
  • Japan Fishing Show
  • Japan Fishing Show
  • Japan Fishing Show
  • Japan Fishing 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.

- Shimano Inc.
3-77 Oimatsu-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-8577 JAPAN

- Globeride Inc.
3-14-16 Maesawa, Higashikurume City, Tokyo 203-8511 JAPAN

- Jackall Inc.
5-18-201 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0014 JAPAN

- Plus-M Inc.
Quarqnta1966 #402, 1-4-10 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035 JAPAN

- Gamakatsu Co., Ltd.
417 Gonose-cho, Nishiwaki City, Hyogo Prefecture 677-0014 JAPAN

- Magosho Club.
5875 Nunokawa, Tone-cho, Kitasouma Gun, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-1622 JAPAN

Well Lit But Not Connected

LED lights may not seem very impressive, but a closer look at the latest ones from a big name in Japanese toys and hobbies reveals that they are not connected to a battery or any other visible source of energy. Impressive indeed; and that's just the beginning. This week's "Gadgets" segment is sure to be an illuminating experience!

Well Lit But Not Connected

X-Base - the creation of Japanese toy powerhouse, Happinet - is a new display stand meant for hobbyists and modeling enthusiasts with a unique hidden feature that's quite revolutionary. It uses wireless power transmission to light up specially designed LEDs, meaning all you have to do is secure them inside your model. Unlike more familiar applications of wireless power transfer technology that work on flat surfaces, this display can power lights within a three-dimensional space. When placed inside the area of the base, they light up; no need for a mess of wires. Currently available in seven different colors, the base can literally power hundreds of them at a time, so there's almost no limit to what you can do. And the bases can be made even larger, giving them potential for use in commercial displays. Indeed, the company plans to develop even more applications for this very bright idea.

  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected
  • Well Lit But Not Connected

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.

- Happinet Corporation.
Komagata CA Bldg., 2-4-5, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0043 JAPAN

- Kotobukiya Akihabara Store.
1-8-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 JAPAN

Touring a Dam as It's Being Built

The mountains of Gunma Prefecture are home to a number of worthwhile sightseeing spots, but for this edition of out "Special Report," we'll join reporter Brian Hughes for a visit to a popular destination that's probably not what you're expecting. It's the construction site of a hydroelectric dam. And it's darn interesting!

Visiting construction sites and factories is quite a popular activity in Japan these days. And one site that's especially exciting for infra-tour fans is Yanba Dam. When completed, it will hold back quite a lot of water, meaning it must be built to withstand enormous pressure. So, understandably, the project is a gathering of the best technology Japanese civil engineering has to offer. First planned over 60 years ago, local concerns over the project kept it in limbo until 2015. To make up for the loss of time, new goals were set to speed up the construction. And it's thanks to the latest technologies - including a high-tech conveyer belt to make sure gravel used in the concrete is the right size and always readily available, as well as a system for ensuring each layer of concrete poured is as strong as possible - that these goals are in reach. It's definitely a sight worth seeing!

  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built
  • Touring a Dam as It's Being Built

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.

- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism : Yanba Dam Construction Office.
11Yokoya, Naganoharamachi, Agatsuma Gun, Gunma Prefecture 377-1305 JAPAN

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