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Finetech Japan 2015

Flat-panel display technology - it's something we may not often think about, but it's our TVs, smartphones, car navigation systems and more. At Fine Tech Japan, the latest flat panel and touch screen innovations are on display. Join flat-panel-friendly reporter Brian Hughes at Tokyo Big Sight for this week's "On Site" segment.

Schedule: Apr. 8-10, 2015
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Finetech Japan is one of the world's largest exhibitions dedicated to flat panel displays, also known as FPDs. Including everything from the latest products and manufacturing techniques to the parts and materials used in their production, this comprehensive tradeshow also features the latest in touch screen systems, making it the place to be if you're in the display business. There's even an area focusing on innovative products that put this technology to work in some rather unexpected ways. Highlights from this year's show include a clear touchscreen LCD panel proposed as a high-tech refrigerator door, impressive 8K displays for use in the medical field, giant LED panel systems for use as indoor displays, metal-mesh based touch screens that can handle inputs from all ten of your fingers simultaneously, and a super-strong plastic film meant to be a replacement for glass.

  • Finetech Japan 2015
  • Finetech Japan 2015
  • Finetech Japan 2015
  • Finetech Japan 2015
  • Finetech Japan 2015
  • Finetech Japan 2015

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.

- Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
http://www.ftj.jp/en/sokuho/
Organizer Office +81-3-3349-8568

- BOE Japan Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-3-6890-8249

- SiliconCore Technology, LLC.
Public Relations +81-45-475-1858

- Global Display Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-6-6345-5300

- DMC Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-3-6721-6731

- TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
Public Relations +81-3-3835-6251

- JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
Public Relations +81-3-6275-5225

- RIKEN TECHNOS CORPORATION
Public Relations +81-3-3663-7991

The Best Kettle for Your Coffee

Cafés that are part of what's been called the "third wave" are very particular about things like in-house roasting and hand-drip brewing. Consequently, there's a growing market for the necessary tools of the trade. In this "Gadgets" segment, we'll look at a coffee kettle, essential for pouring the perfect cup of joe.

The world has recently seen a great increase in "third wave" cafés. These are establishments with a decidedly handmade style of coffee brewing. The "first wave" came in the 19th century with the beginning of the mass production of coffee when people started drinking coffee regularly in their homes. The "second wave" began in the 1960s when coffee chains became popular. Then in the 2000s, the "third wave" spread throughout the world. One of the most important tools for hand-drip brewing is the coffee kettle, and Japanese maker Takahiro, is world renowned for their super-high-quality products. Just like the coffee they're used to brew, these kettles are carefully made by skilled artisans. They also feature an incredible degree of control over the flow of water when pouring thanks to their uniquely designed spouts, a big reason why they're so well loved by coffee connoisseurs.

  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee
  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee
  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee
  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee
  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee
  • The Best Kettle for Your Coffee

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.

- Towers 188.
http://towers188.com (Japanese only)
Shop +81-3-5544-8680

- TAKAHIRO Inc.
http://www.takahiro-inc.com (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-256-62-3345

Rickshaws Are Here to Stay

For our "Special Report", we'll meet the ultimate rickshaw professional, a man who manufactures, repairs, and sells these iconic vehicles. He even still finds the time to take passengers around town with his own two feet. Join Akira Daniel Duncan for a visit to the factory and a panoramic, people-powered, two-wheeled tour of Tokyo.

With more and more tourists visiting from abroad, rickshaws are an increasingly common sight in Japan, especially around famous sightseeing spots. This decidedly Japanese form of transportation was born sometime during the late 19th century. In Japanese, rickshaws are known as jin-riki-sha, the source of their English name, which literally means "human-powered vehicle." Mr. Fumitake Matsuoka of Kurumaya, a company that designs and produces a variety of rickshaws, started out as a collector of antiques in is 20s and eventually became obsessed with what he calls, "moving antiques." His collection is impressive, but the skills he's developed in making and even designing original rickshaws are even more so. After starting as a driver giving guided tours, he gradually became familiar with how rickshaws were made then began to manufacture them, and the rest is history.

  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay
  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay
  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay
  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay
  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay
  • Rickshaws Are Here to Stay

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.

- KURUMAYA ASAKUSA
http://kurumayaasakusa.com (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-5827-0333

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