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Sep. 28, Wed.

Special Edition

On every episode of "great gear" we bring you the best of "Made in Japan." Be it the original creations of small businesses or the latest efforts of major manufacturers, our staff and reporters travel the country in search of great gear. On this week's show we have a collection of the best of the best from the last 6 months. If it's your fist time watching, you'll get a real feel for what we do and how we do it. You'll see the full spectrum of all our different segments, and meet our amazing reporters as they showcase some truly great gear.

Nature in Your Soap:

Nature in Your Soap

With the exception of the electric system, everything part of this amazing EV bike is handmade. Developed at a small bike shop just outside Tokyo, it represents the best of made in Japan. Production is limited to 49 units, but they have plans to develop a mass market model.

* This segment was first aired on March 9, 2016.

Schoolbags for Grownups:

Schoolbags for Grownups

If you've seen Japanese elementary school students on their way to or from school, you might have noticed that they all carried the same style of backpack, often black for boys and red for girls. Now these bags that many here remember fondly are being made for adults, as reporter Tomoko Maeda will show you in this edition of "+Style."

* This segment was first aired on June 8, 2016.

International Robot Exhibition:

International Robot Exhibition

A number of leading industrial robotics firms are based right here in Japan, and many Japanese firms are also very competitive in the emerging field of service robotics. For this geektastic "On Site" report, join our robot-crazy reporter, Brian Hughes, as he heads to the International Robot Exhibition to see the best new bots.

* This segment was first aired on Feb 10, 2016.

Earthquake Technology Expo:

Earthquake Technology Expo

Here in Japan, the possibility of future earthquakes makes preparation and countermeasures an essential part of life. For this second "On Site" report, reporter Hitomi Sano heads to the Earthquake Technology Expo. Companies from all over are there to showcase the latest products and services to help keep us safe in times of crisis.

* This segment was first aired on March 16, 2016.

Tokyo Motorcycle Show:

Tokyo Motorcycle Show

In another "On Site" report, join reporter David Neale for a tour of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. There, you'll see all kinds of rides, from classic old school models to game-changing new designs. We'll bring you the best-of-the-best from the major Japanese makers, great new add-ons and accessories, as well as a few surprises.

* This segment was first aired on June 8, 2016.

A Supporting Chair You Can Wear:

A Supporting Chair You Can Wear

A surgeon's job is a very difficult one, requiring intense concentration. Long operations also require them to stand for hours at a time. In our "Special Report," Tomoko Hayakawa takes a look at an invention - created by a practicing surgeon - that could significantly reduce strain by allowing people to "sit" in a standing position.

* This segment was first aired on June 22, 2016.

Running on Three Wheels and Electricity:

Running on Three Wheels and Electricity

In this other installment of our "Special Report" segment, reporter Akira Daniel Duncan will take you for a ride in a rather unusual mode of transportation. While in some countries delivery trucks can be quite large, here in Japan they tend to be on the small side. The one we're talking about also happens to be an EV, and has less than the usual number of wheels.

* This segment was first aired on April 13, 2016.

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.

Gadgets: Nature in Your Soap

- i Local Inc.
3-6 Kibounokane Shopping Street, 60-3 Junijin, Urasyukuhama, Onagawa-cho Oshika-gun, Miyagi
Prefecture 986-2231 JAPAN

+Style: Schoolbags for Grownups

- Tsuchiya Bag CO., LTD.
7-15-5 Nishiarai, Adachi City, Tokyo 123-0841 JAPAN

On Site: International Robot Exhibition

- Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
14-1, Nihombashi Koami-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8548 JAPAN

- New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization 1310 Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa 212-8554 JAPAN

- FANUC Corporation
Oshino-mura, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0597 JAPAN

- JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
7-44-1 Jindaiji Higashi-machi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-8522 JAPAN

- HiBot Corporation
5-9-15 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0001 JAPAN

On Site: Earthquake Technology Expo

- Exhibition Technologies, Inc.
1-1-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN

- Starts Corporation Inc.
3-4-10 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0027 JAPAN

- Daiichi Consultants Technology Co,.Ltd.
4847-1 Imuro, Asa-cho, Asakita Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture 731-1142 JAPAN

- Youhoku Corporation
11678-79 Akaho, Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture 399-4117 JAPAN

On Site: Tokyo Motorcycle Show

- eventas inc.
2-13-11 Shinohashi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0007 JAPAN

- Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2-1-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-8556 JAPAN

- Boss Hoss Cycle of Japan
1535-20 Omae Cho, Ashikaga City Tochigi Prefecture 326-0845 JAPAN

- YOSHIMURA JAPAN CO., LTD.
6478 Nakatsu, Aikawa Machi, Aiko Gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 243-0303 JAPAN

- Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
2500 Shingai Iwata City Shizuoka Prefecture 438-8501 JAPAN

Special Report: A Supporting Chair You Can Wear

- NITTO co.,Ltd.
14-16 Torihama-cho, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0002 JAPAN

Special Report: Running on Three Wheels and Electricity

- ElecTrike Japan Co.,Ltd
6-17-2 Kamikodanaka, Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 211-0053 JAPAN

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