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Apr. 26, Wed.

* This program was first broadcast on Nov. 30, 2016.

CEATEC Japan

"Connecting Society, Creating the Future;" this was the theme of this year's Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, better known as CEATEC. Join forward-looking reporter Akira Daniel Duncan as he heads there to see the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things for this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Oct. 4 - 7, 2016
Location: Makuhari Messe

Until recently, this event was all about consumer products, but as of this year, it's had a total makeover, shifting squarely in the direction of B2B solutions. Alongside existing products, you see new technologies set to become the norm in the near future. The concept for this year's event is the realization of cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. These new technologies will likely lead to drastic changes in society and the way all of us live our daily lives. And we've found a number or impressive examples to show you; including the latest AI home assistant from one of Japans biggest consumer electronics producers, a world-record-holding table tennis robot, high-tech running shoes fitted with wireless sensors, a system that allows data exchange through touch, a system that "prints" custom made makeup, and a paper crane that uses state-of-the-art technology to really fly!

  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan

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.

- CEATEC JAPAN Management Office
5F Ote Center Bldg., 1-1-3, Otemachi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0004 JAPAN

- Sharp Corporation.
1 Takumi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-8522 JAPAN

- OMRON Corporation.
Shiokoji Horikawa, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8530 JAPAN

- FUJITSU LIMITED.
Shiodome City Center 1-5-2 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-712 JAPAN

- Panasonic Corporation.
1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 571-8501 JAPAN

- Murata Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
10-1, Higashikotari 1-chome, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto Prefecture 617-8555 JAPAN

- NEC Corporation.
7-1, Shiba 5-chome Minato City, Tokyo 108-8001 JAPAN

- ROHM Co., Ltd.
21 Saiin Mizosaki-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8585 JAPAN

Watches of the Finest Polish

Our "Gadgets" segment this week is all about time, or timepieces to be exact. A small store in Yokohama is looking to change the world of wristwatches by producing high-quality low-cost products. These potential heirloom timepieces feature craftsmanship that you'd normally only expect to see for a much higher price.

Knot is a small watchmaker based in the bayside city of Yokohama, about an hour from Tokyo by train. According to the company's founder, Hiromitsu Endo, their specific goal is to promote watches to younger style-conscious consumers as fashion accessories. Initially, the company's watches featured quartz movements, but this summer, they released a new line of self-winding watches with mechanical movements, priced at a little less than 500 dollars. The cases for these amazing watches are manufactured by Hayashi Seiki Seizo, a company that makes cases for many of Japans most famous brands. They polish these amazing pieces using a Swiss-developed technique that's not used anywhere else these days; a process that takes about ten years to learn properly. The combination of this manufacturer's skill with the vision of a small watchmaker has resulted in timepieces of amazing quality and style that are sure to be a hit among the fashion-loving smartphone generation.

  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish
  • Watches of the Finest Polish

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.

- Knot.
HN22Build.2F 2-35-10 Kichijojihoncho Musashino Tokyo 180-0004 JAPAN

A Miniature World of Paper

Japan is known for precision and attention to detail. The paper model kits by Terada Mokei are a prime example. For our "Special Report," we'll see why this line of small-scale paper cutouts is drawing attention both in Japan and as far away as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and we'll meet the architect behind their design.

Terada Mokei is a line of paper-craft models that feature astounding detail in an equally astounding small package. Their one-one-hundredth scale means your diorama can literally fit in the palm of your hand. The line features scenes from history such as the moon landing, famous cities like New York, and delicate tableaus based on the Japanese aesthetic tradition such as carp swimming under a bridge in a garden in autumn. Naoki Terada, architect and the creator of Terada Mokei, originally used such small figures of people and bicycles to give a sense of scale to his architectural models. The kits are laser-cut and distributed by another firm, with a current total of 69 choices available. Terada has even produced stop-motion videos using the kits; a rice farming scene featuring about 300,000 paper seedlings that was shown at Expo Milano 2015, and a scene of the famous Shibuya crossing.

  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper
  • A Miniature World of Paper

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.

- Terada mokei.
6-10-4 Nishikicho Tachikawa City, Tokyo 190-0022 JAPAN

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