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Auto Aftermarket Expo

As far as consumer products go, a car is a major investment. Consequently, you want to make sure it maintains its value. Here in Japan, everything you need to do just that is at the Auto Aftermarket Expo. Join reporter Brian Hughes for an in-depth look at the business of keeping your ride pristine in this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Mar. 16 - 18, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Keeping the things we buy in the best condition requires aftercare. This is doubly so for cars. By replacing worn out parts and applying a bit of elbow grease, you can make your car more pleasant to drive, and as safe as possible. Not limited to after-market parts, there are products that can add new value to your car, as well as lots of other interesting technologies and ideas on display at the Auto Aftermarket Expo. This year marks the 14th edition of this up-and-coming event. This time around, there are 199 companies and organizations participating from both Japan and abroad. We combed the venue for the best new made-in-Japan products and services. Some of the highlights include a battery with an extended service life and super-fast charging time that's being featured in a brand-new mini EV, brilliant replacement LED headlamps, car wrapping, buffing techniques and more!

  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket Expo
  • Auto Aftermarket 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.

- JC Resonance Co., Ltd.
NEWS Tsukiji 9F, 3-3-2 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045 JAPAN

- Style D Co., Ltd.
1684-5 Ikejiri, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture 501-3264 JAPAN

- KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
4-8-3 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8711 JAPAN

- NIPPON WIPER BLADE CO., LTD.
311 Shimotakayanagi, Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture 347-8585 JAPAN

- TSM Co,.Ltd.
4838-1 Ikebe-cho, Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 224-0053 JAPAN

- Japan Quality Inc.
Nagoya Lucent-Tower 40F, 6-1 Ushijima Cho, Nishi Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 451-6040 JAPAN

- YMG1 Co., Ltd.
2-12-2 Ryogoku, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0026 JAPAN

- Japan Coating Association.
3-1-27 Katsube, Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture 561-0894 JAPAN

The Pros of Yo-yos

If you ask most people what a yo-yo is, the inevitable answer is, "a toy." But for a growing number of hardcore enthusiasts worldwide, it's more like a serious sport. Their yo-yos are much more than toys. One small Japanese maker in particular makes some of the best in the world. And we'll take a closer look in our "Gadgets" segment.

Kengo Kido is very serious about yo-yos. He's the company head and designer of Yoyorecreation, a brand that all serious yo-yo fans are familiar with, and his home doubles as his workplace. From affordable plastic models to high-end metal models, he designs a wide range of products - all of which have the highest level of precision. The high-end metal yo-yos with superior ball bearings have a maximum spin time of approximately 10 minutes. These high-precision yo-yos can take whatever players throw their way. The actual manufacturing is handled by Tokai Azumi Techno, a nearby precision metalworking company that is capable of doing work at tolerances of thousandths of a millimeter. This extreme level of precision means a pretty hefty price tag for yo-yo fans who want one. But even though they're not cheap, these amazing creations are the way to go for those who know, yo!

  • The Pros of Yo-yos
  • The Pros of Yo-yos
  • The Pros of Yo-yos
  • The Pros of Yo-yos
  • The Pros of Yo-yos
  • The Pros of Yo-yos

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.

- Tokai Azumi Techno Co.,Ltd
578 Nakamura-Cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture 514-1256 JAPAN

The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship

For this week's "Special Report," we'll head to Mie Prefecture, an area famous for many things; including being the host of the G7 summit in Ise-Shima. It's also home to a company that makes amazing handcrafted wooden products, and an innovative forestry company that supplies them with high quality, domestically grown wood.

Located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture, the Owase area is known for its high-quality Japanese cypress. Mr. Hidetaka Kitamura is a veteran craftsman that works only with Owase cypress. He used to be a carpenter working in construction, but switched to furniture making for health issues relating to chemicals found in plywood. Since then, he insists on working strictly with natural wood to make all his furniture and other products. And they are beautiful! Some of it was even built-to-order for the G7 summit held in nearby Ise-Shima. And this is due - as well as to his skill and design sense - to the high quality wood he gets from Hayami Forestry, a company that has a history of over 200 years in forest management. According to the company's president, Toru Hayami, forestry is a process of current awareness and long term planning; seeing what the forest will look like in 100 years' time.

  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship
  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship
  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship
  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship
  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship
  • The Summit of Wooden Craftsmanship

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.

- Wood Make Kitamura
1080-1 Miyama-ku Umaze, Kitamuro Gun-Kihoku Cho, Mie Prefecture 519-3401 JAPAN

- Hayami Forest Co., Ltd.
345 Miyama-ku Hikimotoura, Kitamuro Gun-Kihoku Cho, Mie Prefecture 519-3413 JAPAN

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