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Sep. 8, Mon.

International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014

Japan loves stationery. And if you want to see the latest and greatest in the world of pens and paper, the best place to visit is the International Stationery and Office Products Fair Tokyo. Brian Hughes takes you there in this week's "On Site" segment for a look at the passion and practicality of Japanese stationery.

Schedule: July 9-11, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Stationary lovers and corporate buyers come from around the world to join this show for stationery and office supplies that is one of Asia's largest in the industry. Visitors to the show include small retailers, wholesalers, and large-scale retailers like DIY centers and convenience stores. Japanese manufacturers are constantly working to create new products for domestic consumers who are decidedly choosy when it comes to picking the perfect stationery. They're also aiming at overseas markets, where the quality and innovation of Japanese products gives them an edge. Highlights from this year's show include a mini printer for the iPhone, stylish recycled paper products that are as convenient as they are eco friendly, new uses for traditional lacquer and gold leaf decorations, and a notebook system that's full of useful surprises.

  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014
  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014
  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014
  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014
  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair Tokyo 2014
  • International Stationary & Office Products Fair 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.

- Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
http://www.isot.jp/RXJP/RXJP_ISOT/documents/2014_2/ISOT2014_POST%20SHOW%20REPORT.pdf
Organizer Office +81-3-3349-8519

- KING JIM CO., LTD.
http://www.kingjim.co.jp/english
Public Relations +81-3-3864-7073

- LIHIT LAB.,INC.
http://www.lihit-lab.com (Japanese only)
http://www.lihit-lab.com/en/index.html
Public Relations +81-6-6946-2531

- Obun Printing Company, Inc.
http://www.obunprinting.com
Public Relations +81-49-284-1954

- Mark's Incorporated
http://www.marks.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-3-5779-7071

- G&S Co., Ltd.
http://www.goldsilver.co.jp (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-3-3573-2001

- ZEBRA CO., LTD.
http://www.zebra.co.jp/main/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-3268-1172

- Kuretake Co.,Ltd.
http://www.kuretake.co.jp/en/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-3662-3755

- Designphil Inc.
http://www.designphil.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-3-5789-8060

A New Spin on the Electric Shaver

Electric shavers are popular around the world, and the competition among brands, from Japan and overseas, is fierce. On our "Gadgets" segment, we'll show you a high-end model with a unique blade system that's a cut above the competition.

Most high-end electric shavers are fitted with several blades to ensure a close shave, and also come with a charging stand that features a cleaning function. But the latest model from Hitachi Maxell called the G-Sword has something the competition doesn't: a very special blade mechanism. Instead of the common side-to-side movement, the blades rotate. The shape of the blades is also unique, and in conjunction with a specially designed foil guard, the result is a very clean shave. Manufactured in a painstaking process that involves state of the art electroplating, high-precision quality checks and rigorous testing, even the most stubborn beard doesn't stand a chance.

  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver
  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver
  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver
  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver
  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver
  • A New Spin on the Electric Shaver

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.

- Hitachi Living Systems, Ltd.
http://kadenfan.hitachi.co.jp/shaver/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-3260-9611

- Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.,
https://www.maxell.co.jp/ir_eng/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-3515-8211

Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture

This "Special Report" features the work of a traditional craftsman. Working with a type of chest passed on as an heirloom from mother to daughter, he not only repairs them, but also modifies them to keep them relevant and useful even in a modern house or apartment.

Kiri tansu, or chests of drawers made from the wood of the paulownia tree are a beautiful example of traditional Japanese furniture. While chests like these, passed down as family heirlooms, are precious and filled with memories, they do not always stand the test of time. Boards often warp, crack or come off, and the wood loses its beautiful finish. Eiji Tanaka of Futaba Kiri Koubou is a craftsman expert in bringing them back to life. He uses a variety of traditional woodworking techniques to make them good as new. And, to match today's modern homes, he actively proposes making changes to the structure by, for example, separating them into two parts to create a lower chest, or changing their sizes. While he also builds new pieces, his restorations and customizations offer a beautiful way to preserve the past in a way that lives in harmony with the necessities and styles of the present. And his customers love him for it.

  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture
  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture
  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture
  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture
  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture
  • Rejuvenating Traditional Furniture

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.

- futabakirikoubou co ltd
Main Office +81-3-6657-0627

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