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Earthquake Technology Expo

In an earthquake prone area like Japan, it pays to be prepared. And there's no better place to find the latest ways to make yourself ready than the Earthquake Technology Expo. We'll see products designed to help people cope with the aftermath of earthquakes and other kinds of disasters. Join our host Matthew Masaru Barron, "On Site."

Earthquake Technology Expo

Schedule: Feb. 8 - 9, 2017
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

More major earthquakes are expected to occur here in Japan, and with that in mind, appropriate precautions need to be taken. To that end, the Earthquake Technology Expo, Yokohama is being held. This time around - as well as the customary preventative measures and technologies for coping with earthquakes - there are also a wide range of clever and useful products and services to help you survive in any disaster situation. Highlights include a VR earthquake simulator, emergency signage that's literally tough enough for you to walk all over, an emergency generator powered by LP gas, a temporary toilet made mostly of paper, a simple-yet-effective water filtration system, a backpack that's also a life preserver, simple and storable safety caps, emergency rations that are also delicious, and a field cooking station used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in times of trouble.

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  • Earthquake Technology Expo
  • Earthquake Technology Expo
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  • Earthquake Technology Expo
  • Earthquake Technology Expo
  • Earthquake Technology Expo
  • Earthquake Technology Expo

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.

- Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.
4-5-3 Chuo, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0011 JAPAN

- Hakusan Corporation.
J Tower, 1-1 Nikko-cho, Fuchu City, Tokyo 183-0044 JAPAN

- Phytronix Co., Ltd.
1877-3 Ootashimomachi, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture 761-8073 JAPAN

- Denyo Co., Ltd.
2-8-5, Nihonbashi-horidomecho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8566 JAPAN

- Kawahara Technical Research Co, Ltd.
2-2-10 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0052 JAPAN

- Miyasaka Kougyo Co., Ltd.
5568-2 kanazawa, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture 391-0012 JAPAN

- DSC Support Cluc Co., Ltd.
3-24-3 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002 JAPAN

- Taica Corporation.
Takanawa Sengakuji ekimae Bldg. 3F, 2-18-10 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074 JAPAN

- LLC Co., Ltd.
3-11-7 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 JAPAN

- Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
5-1 Honmura-cho, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8801 JAPAN

Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam

For this disaster-ready installment of our "Special Report", we'll take a look at a brand-new kind of shelter designed to be used in the event of a tsunami. We'll see how it was made and find out the secret behind its strength and light weight. It's the kind of simple and practical solution that you'd expect from Japanese industry.

The SAM Tsunami emergency shelter is the creation of a Shizuoka Prefecture company designed to help people survive a tsunami. Especially in low-lying areas like Shizuoka City, it can be impossible to evacuate to higher ground in time. After creating and thoroughly testing several prototypes, the latest model of their shelter, which is made of polystyrene foam coated with a plastic called polyurea, is nearly complete. Onoda Sangyo, the developer, is a local construction firm inspired to find a better way to save lives in a tsunami. The polyurea coating makes the structure much stronger, and its polystyrene core means it can float easily. They're designed to be as comfortable as possible, include needed emergency supplies, and they can even be set up for sleeping.

  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam
  • Shelter Yourself in Polystyrene Foam

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.

- Onoda Sangyo Co., Ltd.
13-8 Umeda-cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0948 JAPAN

Classy Berries Powered by Technology

You may not associate recovery from a disaster with the growing of fruit. But after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, that's what one Tohoku man was inspired to do. In "reVision", we'll visit a strawberry farm in Tohoku, where the skills of veteran farmers are being computerized to help grow super-high-quality strawberries.

Their brand name "Migaki Ichigo" means something like "premium strawberries." And there's actually a secret behind how they're grown. Yamamoto, about 300km north of Tokyo, is an area known for its strawberry production. The area was devastated after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. After the disaster, the company's CEO Hiroki Iwasa decided to do something to help. He used his IT background and worked with local experienced farmers, to create a computerized system for growing the perfect strawberry. Closely monitoring things like CO2 and soil temperature, it incorporates the many years of experience of long-time farmers into its digital DNA. Of the 70 employees at this farm, all except for veteran Tadatsugu Hashimoto are novice strawberry growers, thanks to this completely automated system. Who knew recovery could taste so sweet?!

  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology
  • Classy Berries Powered by Technology

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.

- Agricultural Production Corporation GRA Inc.
Sakuratsutsumi-47, Yamadera, Yamamoto-cho, Watari-gun, Miyagi Prefecture 989-2201 JAPAN

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