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Medtec Japan

Medical treatment increasingly relies on IT as well as the latest in sensors, and robotics. And here in Japan - whether it's for surgery, rehabilitation, or medical training - the latest products and solutions in this growing field can be found at Medtec Japan. Reporter Akira Daniel Duncan gets hands-on in this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Apr. 19 - 21, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The increased use of IT in daily life is sure making things more convenient. But what about the world of medicine? Finding solutions that mutually benefit both physicians and patients can be a real challenge. And for companies new to the field, the understanding necessary to develop viable solutions is key. Until now the implementation of IT in medicine has meant things like administrative systems and information sharing, but our focus this time around is on things like sensors and robotics; technologies that represent the next step in the process. Highlights include an ultrasonic scanner that literally looks under your skin, heart and blood pressure monitors that doctors and patients will appreciate, high-tech rehab equipment, the new field of clinical engineering, a super accurate OCT scanner, robots to help new docs learn the ropes, and a chair you can wear.

  • Medtec Japan
  • Medtec Japan
  • Medtec Japan
  • Medtec Japan
  • Medtec Japan
  • Medtec 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.

- Socionext Inc.
Nomura Shin-Yokohama Bldg., 2-10-23 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-0033 JAPAN

- LAP Co., Ltd.
1-19-22 Tsumadanishi, Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture 243-0815 JAPAN

- Japan Association of Clinical Engineering Technologists.
1-3-4 Yushima, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0034 JAPAN

- Santec Corporation.
Photonics Valley Ohkusa Campus 5823 Ohkusa-Nenjozaka, Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture 485-0802 JAPAN

- tmsuk R&D inc.
2319-3 Hatagasaki, Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture 683-0845 JAPAN

- Nitto Co., Ltd.
14-6 Torihama-cho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0002 JAPAN

Wood to Wear on Your Face

For "+Style," we bring you a novel use for that ever-versatile material, wood. But rather than some new building technique, or incredible piece of the furniture maker's art, these products are meant to be worn on your face. Their Tokyo-based designer makes them by hand and almost entirely out of wood. They'll have you looking wood!

In a lush green suburb of Tokyo lies a small woodworking studio that makes some rather unique products. While they do make things you'd expect, like furniture and art objects, perhaps their most unique products are meant to be worn... on your face. Musashi Kanda is the owner and woodcrafter who was inspired by his own frustration with normal materials used for eyewear to try a different approach. The materials he uses for his glasses include cherry, mulberry, maple, and persimmon - all woods that are fairly hard. Using specially designed templates, he cuts out each piece of the frame; carefully shaving the wood to produce the curvature needed for the final form. While his frames come in standard shapes, each one is custom made for each customer, so they're sure to be a perfect fit. Precisely crafted to accept standard lenses, they're supremely comfortable, and truly one of a kind.

  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face
  • Wood to Wear on Your Face

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.

- 63 Mokko.
2-1-10 Wakaba-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo 190-0001 JAPAN

Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground

Like many places in the world, certain areas of Japan can be plagued by flooding. In this very "Special Report," we look at a system to limit damage caused by flooding near a river north of Tokyo. Our new reporter, Lemi Duncan will take you on an underground tour, to find out more about this amazing example of civil engineering.

Managed by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is a massive infrastructure project undertaken to help prevent flooding on the Edogawa, a river dividing Tokyo from neighboring Saitama prefecture. Located in Saitama, its construction took over a decade. During heavy rainfall, vertical silos take in the water from the local rivers to prevent flooding. The water then flows through underground tunnels and is collected in the pressure-adjusting water tank, which regulates the flow of the water and pumps it back into the river. The pressure-adjusting water tank - truly an impressive sight - is supported by heavy pillars that add weight to keep the structure from rising. Looking something like a modern gothic cathedral, it plays a key role in keeping the Tokyo area safe from annual flooding.

  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground
  • Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground

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.

- Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel.
720 Kamikanasaki, Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture 344-0111 JAPAN

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