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Aug. 25, Mon.

Manufacturing World 2014

This week's "On Site" takes you to Manufacturing World 2014. It features the best of Japanese manufacturing. There's everything from high-tech to handmade. You could say it's the spiritual home of all things "Made in Japan." Join reporter Brian Hughes for a closer look.

Schedule: Jun. 25-27, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The word "manufacturing," may mean different things to different people. But odds are, no matter who you are, it's strongly associated with large-scale enterprise, high-tech mega factories that use the latest technology to turn out the latest new products in staggering quantities. While this is a valid impression, there's also a side of manufacturing here in Japan that involves small-scale cottage industry, which creates products in fewer numbers that nevertheless rival the quality and ingenuity of those from major manufacturers. Manufacturing world is the place to be if you're looking to improve or innovate, whether you're a huge multinational or working out of your garage. Highlights from this year's show include precision punching, super-sharp cutters, super-small springs, an excellent endoscope, and many more.

  • Manufacturing World 2014
  • Manufacturing World 2014
  • Manufacturing World 2014
  • Manufacturing World 2014
  • Manufacturing World 2014
  • Manufacturing World 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.dms-tokyo.jp/en/
Organizer Office +81-3-3349-8506

- OKUTANI WIRE NETTING,MFG,CO.,LTD.
http://www.okutanikanaami.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-78-351-2531

- FineTec Co., Ltd.
http://www.f-finetec.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-944-73-0877

- MIKURO SPRING CO., LTD.
http://www.mikuro-spring.com/index_e.html
Public Relations +81-266-52-3550

- Mitutoyo Corporation
http://www.mitutoyo.co.jp/eng/
Public Relations +81-44-813-8235

- 3R SYSTEMS CORP.
http://www.3rrr.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-3-5826-4661

- Century Innovation Corporation
http://www.centinno.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Sales Group +81-3-5542-8570

- HARDLOCK INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
http://www.hardlock.co.jp/en/index.php
Public Relations +81-6-6784-1131

- Yorodu Shibori, Ltd.
http://www.yorodu.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Sales Group +81-45-933-7751

Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle

Decorating bottles is something of a craze among certain circles. And the idea seems to be catching on here in Japan, too. In our "Gadgets" segment, we'll visit a company that's taking centuries old skills and using them to turn a sake bottle into a samurai!

May 5th is traditionally known as Boys' Day in Japan. It is the custom on Boys' Day for families with sons to display dolls wearing traditional samurai armor to express their wish for a safe and healthy future for their boys. But this custom seems to have become less popular among the younger generations. A company called "Tadayasu" has been hand-making these traditionally crafted dolls for over 70 years. In response to the decline in demand for their dolls, they've created "Bottle Armor," replicas of armors worn by famous Japanese warlords, which features all the hand stitching and fine details from the original dolls and comes in six different striking designs. These sake bottle decorations are gaining popularity abroad among armor enthusiasts, as well as Japanese food and sake fans. Prepare for bottle!

  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle
  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle
  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle
  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle
  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle
  • Dress Up Your Bottle for Battle

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.

- ZIPANG co.,ltd.
http://www.zpg.jp/

- Tadayasu - Kacchu
http://tadayasu.co.jp/index.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-48-962-1166

Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life

If you want to make a hard-core audiophile smile, just mention Western Electric's 300B vacuum tubes. Recently, a Japanese company has released their version of this classic piece of great gear. Check it out in this installment of our "Special Report."

The 300B vacuum tube was released in the 1930s by American manufacturer Western Electric, and was often used for audio systems in movie theaters. Its high-quality sound was so appreciated by audio fans that home-use amplifiers were released. But they were produced in such small numbers that the 300B rapidly gained legendary status. Japanese manufacturer "Takatsuki" is using its technical expertise to bring back these epic tubes at a fraction of the cost. Their rigorous manufacturing and testing process yields a matched set that's perfect for use in high-end stereo amplifiers. The incredibly rare tubes are still in demand and often sell for as much as 10,000 USD at auction. Takatsuki's 1,400 USD price is quite reasonable, considering they are sold in pairs with matching performance characteristics. Have a listen. Hearing is believing.

  • Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life
  • Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life
  • Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life
  • Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life
  • Legendary Sound Brought Back to Life
  • Legendary Sound Brought 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.

- Takatsuki Electric Industry Co.,Ltd.
http://www.takatsuki-denki.co.jp/products/ta-300b.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-774-43-2111

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