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Jul. 28, Mon.

* This program was first broadcast on Apr. 21, 2014.

Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014

For this healthful edition of our "On Site" segment, Brian Hughes visits the Tokyo Health Industry Show. One of Japan's largest health and beauty related trade shows; it features a variety of healthy products in a wide range of categories including health foods, supplements, and sports and fitness.

Schedule: Mar. 12-14, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

With increases in lifestyle related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as well as other social and environmental factors, Japan has seen sweeping changes in the world of health. The Tokyo Health Industry Show brings together a group of companies with the like-minded purpose of improving health and preventing disease. There's everything from conventional products, like exercise equipment and medical products, to far more unusual offerings that might just surprise you. Highlights include a posture-correcting workout machine, a delicious meat substitute, earthworm dietary supplements and a healing hyperbaric chamber.

  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014
  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014
  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014
  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014
  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 2014
  • Tokyo Health Industry Show 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.

- UBM Media Co Ltd.
http://www.this.ne.jp/eng/index.php
Organizer Office +81-3-5296-1025

- Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
http://www.hitachi-systems.com/eng/news_eng/2013/20130806.html
Industry Information Service Division +81-3-5435-1228

- CLUB CREATE Corp.
http://www.clubcreate.co.jp/pelvot/index.html (Japanese only)
Sales Division +81-3-6905-7877

- HIROE
http://www.clestar.net/category03_copy/ (Japanese only)
Sales Division +81-852-61-0246

- Waki Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd
http://www.a-kusuri.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-745-54-0999

- KaRuNa co. ltd.
https://www.karuna.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-52-804-0036

- Echigo Yakuso Co.,Ltd.
http://www.echigoyakuso.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-25-544-3050

- Hikari Seiko Corp.
http://hikari-s.jimdo.com/ (Japanese only)
http://zenmono.jp/projects/1 (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-439-65-0471

- DAITO CO., LTD.
http://www.daito.tv/product/index.html (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-533-80-7577

- Shinmei-room Inc.
http://www.shinmei-room.com/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-246-29-7085

The Building Blocks of Analog Synths

A Japanese electronic musical instruments maker has released a new kind of analog synthesizer. It consists of a series of connectable electronic modules. In our "Gadgets" segment, we'll show you this innovative analog synth kit that lets pros and beginners alike conjure up wild and quirky sound creations.

KORG is practically synonymous with the synthesizer. Founded here in Japan over fifty years ago, they're a part of a musical revolution that's still happening. With old-school synthesizers coming back into style, they've recently rereleased a number of classic designs. But a company called "littleBits" based in New York has inspired them to create something entirely new. KORG has designed a line of miniature synthesizer components that integrate with littleBits' line of modular mini electronics. These mini synthesizers may look like toys but they're serious fun. By adding components like modulators, sequencers, filters and more you can turn your desktop into a dance party!

  • The Building Blocks of Analog Synths
  • The Building Blocks of Analog Synths
  • The Building Blocks of Analog Synths
  • The Building Blocks of Analog Synths

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.

- KORG INC.
http://jp.littlebits.com/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-42-379-5695

If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist

Sometimes shopping for DIY projects can be frustrating, especially when you can't find the one important piece you need. Our "Special Report" takes you to Kyushu for a visit to a DIY store with five times the number of products of most stores and five times the number of employees to help you find them.

There's a very special kind of store on the island of Kyushu. To call it a hardware store would be an understatement. It is quite possibly the most comprehensive home improvement and craft store ever. Their current inventory is about 210,000 products and growing. They constantly add stock based on customer requests and the stores themselves are designed to be as user friendly as possible. On top of their customer-first attitude, company president Seiji Ozono also insists on paying all employees a fair living wage. This ambitious business model has made "Handsman" a local favorite and gained them national and international recognition.

  • If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist
  • If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist
  • If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist
  • If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist
  • If They Don't Have It, It Doesn't Exist

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.

- Handsman Co., Ltd.
http://www.handsman.co.jp/company/eng.php
Head Office +81-986-38-0847

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