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Jan. 19, Mon.

Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014

The Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition brings together small businesses to share ideas and create new collaborations that just might help them keep up with, or even surpass, larger companies. Join Brian Hughes for this "On Site" report and find out the latest details in the world of small-but-mighty business in Japan.

Schedule: Nov. 19 - 21, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This exhibition features over 500 small and medium-sized businesses looking for new ways to work together and share ideas. The fields represented are varied and there are many opportunities to find new business partners and great new products, too. Modern small businesses have many disadvantages compared to larger companies, but their small size can also be a big advantage, allowing for greater flexibility, and allowing them to enter small niche markets that larger businesses often ignore because of relatively low demand. This year's show features some great examples, including a handheld 3d scanner, super high-spec bicycle hubs, an amazing computer controlled woodworking machine, speakers made of ductile cast iron, surplus leather scraps and Washi paper turned into stylish accessories, and a company that uses traditional lacquer to make others' products shine.

  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Exhibition Tokyo 2014

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.

- Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation
http://shinkachi.smrj.go.jp/eng/index.html
Organizer Office +81-3-6441-4901

- NOA Inc.
http://www.kknoa.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-29-859-1577

- COMFORT-LAB INC.
http://www.comfort-lab.com/product/system.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-6-6748-1555

- OSHIMA MEDICAL INDUSTRIES Co., Ltd.
http://www.ooshima.me (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-3654-7205

- KONDO MACHINE CORPORATION
http://www.gokiso.jp/en/products/wheel.html
Sales Group +81-567-95-1343

- Usui Cast Iron Industry Co., Ltd.
http://www.usui-cast.co.jp/seihin/speaker.html (Japanese only)
Sales Group +81-166-47-2464

- Asahikawa Kikai Kogyo, Inc.
http://www.asahikawakikai.com/3d_machine.html (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-166-48-7261

- Eagle Tech Lab.
Sales Group +81-76-205-5010

- URUSHI SAKAMOTO CO.,LTD.
http://www.urushi-sakamoto.jp
Public Relations +81-242-25-4111

Architecture Redefined

Hamamatsu city is known for industry. It's home to large manufacturers of vehicles and musical instruments, and it also has lots of smaller companies, like the architecture firm we visited for the "+Style" segment. They're taking old spaces and making them feel brand new in an effort to revitalize their local economy.

"403architecture [dajiba]" is a firm that was founded by 3 young architects. After completing their postgraduate studies together, they chose to start their career in Hamamatsu instead of joining a large established architectural firm. And rather than designing big-scale, modern office buildings and residences, they decided to focus their work on preexisting smaller buildings in the area. Their process involves renovating older spaces, often reusing existing materials, rather than tearing them down to build new ones. The results are spaces that feel modern and yet still have a sense of history, and represent a way for local residents and businesses to update their environment on a shoestring budget. They've even created an innovative micro department store with flexible shelving to help other local small businesses thrive.

  • Architecture Redefined
  • Architecture Redefined
  • Architecture Redefined
  • Architecture Redefined
  • Architecture Redefined
  • Architecture Redefined

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.

- 403architecture [dajiba]
http://www.403architecture.com (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-53-482-7203

Manufacturing the Halal Dressing

This installment of the "Special Report" is about some very special salad dressing. What makes it so special is that it's produced in accordance with "Halal law", the guidelines that state what is permissible for those of the Islamic faith, and that it's made right here in Japan by a small company.

Gourmet Story, a company located in Aichi prefecture, had exhibited their products at the world's largest food show, which is held in Dubai. And as Nobuteru Suzuki, the company's president, interacted with local customers and buyers, he came to understand local preferences, and the importance of Halal certification. His company now produces a line of products that have been Halal certified and are even exported to a number of countries in the Muslim world. For Oosunaarashi, a sumo wrestler and one of the over 100,000 members of the Islamic faith living in Japan, their products are a big help in a country where Halal foods can be quite hard to find. Gourmet Story's dressings were happily received by the Muslim world, and after a request from a member of the Dubai royal family, they now even produce a luxury dressing that costs around nine hundred US dollars!

  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing
  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing
  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing
  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing
  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing
  • Manufacturing the Halal Dressing

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.

- GOURMET STORY CO.,LTD.
http://g-story.co.jp/eng/index.php
Public Relations +81-52-409-2061

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