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Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014

The world of machine tools touches just about everything we use in the modern world. Machine tools make metal parts, they make tools, and they're the source of a lot of Japan's greatest gear. Join Brian Hughes at the Japan International Machine Tool Fair for this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This is the 27th time that the Japan International Machine Tool Fair has been held. It is counted among the big three world machine tool events alongside the US International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) and the European Machine Tool World Exposition (EMO). Major makers and upstarts alike, from Japan and around the world, are on hand to showcase the latest developments in the world of making things that make things. To most of us, the world is an unfamiliar one, but if you love high-tech machines, then this show is for you. The Japanese makers have not disappointed this year, featuring human-friendly manufacturing robots, world-leading technologies in computer numerical control (CNC) systems, state of the art user interface developments, and additive manufacturing technology (a.k.a. metal 3D printing) that lets makers build just about anything they can imagine.

  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 2014
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair 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.

- Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association
http://www.jimtof.org/eng/index.aspx
Organizer Office +81-3-3434-3961

- FANUC CORPORATION
http://www.fanuc.co.jp/eindex.htm
Public Relations +81-555-84-5159

- AMADA CO.,LTD.
http://www.amada.co.jp/english/
Publicity Department +81-463-96-3105

- S.T-Link Co., Ltd.
http://www.st-link.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-256-97-4846

- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/products/industry/index.html
Factory Automation Systems Group +81-3-3218-6565

- Yamazaki Mazak Corporation
https://www.mazak.com
Public Relations +81-587-95-6427

- Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.
http://www.makino.co.jp/index.html
Public Relations +81-46-284-1733

- DMG MORI SEIKI CO., LTD.
http://www.dmgmoriseiki.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-52-587-1830

A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist

In this "Gadgets" segment, we focus on a wearable smart toy. Instead of controlling a game onscreen, it's for play that involves physical actions and gestures that generate sounds. It was developed by a young Japanese entrepreneur and it's creating a buzz both here and abroad.

Inspired by the success of other crowd funded projects, CEO and Co-founder of "Moff", Akinori Takahagi, decided to create the Moff band. It uses downsized gyro sensors and communication chips that are also used in smartphones. Taking them out and placing them in a wristband creates a new kind of interactive toy that let's you play with motion and sound. Used in conjunction with an iOS application, new options are constantly being added to the cloud, so it's a toy that will have more and more options for play as time goes by. Heeding advice to create a well-made video to introduce their new product, this crowd-funded project was a smash hit, reaching almost 400% of their 20,000 USD goal. It now represents a model for others in Japan hoping to use crowd funding to finance the development of a new product. Combining business and fun sure sounds like success.

  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist
  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist
  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist
  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist
  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist
  • A World of Imagination Around Your Wrist

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.

- Moff, Inc
https://moff.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
E-mail support@moff.mobi

Sweetness of the Healthier Kind

When you think "healthy food", "sugar" is very unlikely to be a word that comes to mind. But there's a kind of sugar that's been attracting a lot of attention, both in the food industry and the world of medicine. Hear the sweet story in our "Special Report".

Just like the most common form of sugar, glucose, can be obtained from sugar cane and sugar beets, the rare sugar d-allulose also comes from plants. In East Asia, a type of plant called "itea" is a source of d-allulose. Dr. Masaaki Tokuda, of the Rare Sugar Research Center at Kagawa University is working to further improve production and find out more about the health benefits of these rare sugars, of which there are more than 50 varieties existing in nature in very small amounts. Thanks to the center's efforts, the cost of producing rare sugar has gone from almost $3,000 per tablespoon to $30 for the same amount. Rare sugar has numerous health benefits. It contains almost no calories, and also has antioxidant and anticarcinogenic effects. It might not yet be as affordable as it should be, but it's already showing great results, for example in hospital food.

  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind
  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind
  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind
  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind
  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind
  • Sweetness of the Healthier Kind

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.

- Kagawa University : Rare Sugar Research Center
http://www.kagawa-u.ac.jp/rsrc/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-87-832-1341

- Matsutani Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
http://www.matsutani.co.jp/english/products/raresugar.html
Public Relations. +81-72-771-2001

- lowe
http://lowe.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-87-869-7878

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