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Aug. 16, Wed.

* This program was first broadcast on Mar. 8, 2017.

Shopping Center Business Fair

Shopping in Japan is serious business. It's also serious fun. "On Site" at the Shopping Center Business Fair, reporter and inveterate shopper Tomoko Maeda brings you a look at the latest ideas to further improve the experience for both customers and retailers, and make Japan's already amazing shopping centers better than ever.

Schedule: Jan. 25 - 27, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

No matter where you live, chances are good there is a shopping center not far away; but what kind of place it is varies depending on the local tastes, customs and culture. If you want to see Japan's idea of the ultimate in shopping style, then this event - Japan's only business-focused shopping center trade show - is the place to be. Bringing together companies that deal with every aspect of the shopping center business, it represents a place to create very real business opportunities, and exchange vital, up-to-the-minute industry information. Highlights from our coverage include a company making amazing displays using cardboard, the latest in interactive digital signage, a high-tech way to give shoppers the information they need, lighting options that help products to look their best, currency exchange solutions, sliding glass partitions, and the latest in low-cost high-value shopping.

  • Shopping Center Business Fair
  • Shopping Center Business Fair
  • Shopping Center Business Fair
  • Shopping Center Business Fair
  • Shopping Center Business Fair
  • Shopping Center Business Fair

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.

- Japan Council of Shopping Centers.
15F KORAKU MORI Building 1-4-14 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo JAPAN 112-0004 JAPAN

- Convert Communications Co., Ltd.
3-16 Ichigayanakano-cho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0064 JAPAN

- PDC Co., Ltd.
2-23-1 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN

- Pearl Mannequin Co., Ltd.
1-4-12 Kiba, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0042 JAPAN

- IRIS Ohyama Inc.
2-12-1 Itsutsubashi, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0022 JAPAN

- ActPro Inc.
3-6-7 Kandakajicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0045 JAPAN

- Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1-8-11 Higashikanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-8633 JAPAN

- DAISO INDUSTRIES CO., LTD
1-4-14 Yoshiyuki Higashi, Saijo, Higashi Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-8501 JAPAN

Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone

AR stands for Augmented Reality; combining digital images with the real world. While there's great potential for fun in the idea, it can also be used to convey more important information. We'll show you a uniquely Japanese example in our new segment "App for That." It's an AR app inspired by a rather unlikely place: the cemetery.

Inspired by the desire to hear from a beloved uncle who'd recently passed away, Yoshiyuki Katori - president of Ryoshinsekizai, a company that manufactures and sells tombstones - created an app that uses AR technology to allow people to leave messages for their loved ones after they've passed away. Using a smartphone's GPS functionality, it allows the messages to be viewed by specified recipients at a designated location such as a gravestone. Naturally it can also be used for other purposes, such as leaving messages for friends or coworkers at relevant spots, or even to create a personalized virtual tour for friends and family. The app may have been inspired by a tombstone, but it could soon become a new means of communication. Mr. Katori says he hopes that leaving such site-specific retrievable messages becomes part of the culture.

  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone
  • Eternal Messages on Your Smartphone

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.

- Ryoshinsekizai Co., Ltd.
3-2-14 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0027 JAPAN

Bringing Pianos Back to Life

Six years ago, the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture was one of the hardest hit areas in the Great East Japan Earthquake; in particular, by the subsequent massive tsunami. In this bittersweet edition of our "Special Report," we'll meet a local man whose passion is returning pianos damaged in the disaster to their former glory.

In the foyer of a public hospital outside the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, there is a very special piano. It was donated by the people of Ishinomaki and Cyndi Lauper. But what's really unique about it is that it was badly damaged in the 2011 disaster, and then fully restored by a local merchant. Before it was restored, the inside was filled with mud, and its strings and screws were all rusted. The man who brought this piano back to life is Mr. Teruo Inoue, the owner of a local music store. His shop was also badly damaged, and as part of his efforts to rebuild, he took on the challenge of restoring pianos that most would have seen as a total loss. He was inspired by a promise he made with the Japanese singing star Kumiko, who subsequently performed a concert with one of his pianos. Despite being nearly 88 years old, he says he'll keep working as long as there are pianos to be restored.

  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life
  • Bringing Pianos Back to Life

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.

- Sarukoya.
2-4-7 Chuo, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture 986-0822 JAPAN

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