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Oct. 20, Mon.

Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014

Logistics makes the modern world go round. Beyond just shipping, modern logistical systems help factories to improve production efficiency, and warehouses to organize their inventories. Join reporter Brian Hughes at Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014 for the latest in logistics on this installment of our "On Site" report.

Schedule: Sep. 9-12, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This exhibition is dedicated to the oft-unseen world of logistics. It's the only show of its kind in Japan and the largest in Asia. First organized in 1994, this year marks the 11th time the biennial event has been held. Most of the major makers and many of the users of these systems that touch on just about every possible way to move things around while keeping track of them are here in force. They're here to present the latest in logistics systems, including machinery and IT solutions in an environment designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and help those who need solutions to meet those who have them. The total number of visitors this year was over 130,000, a new record, and a significant increase over the last time the show was held. Highlights include a battery powered lifting suit, a high-tech package-making machine, a floor-reading robot and a state-of-the art transport system.

  • Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014
  • Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014
  • Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014
  • Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014
  • Logis-Tech Tokyo 2014
  • Logis-Tech 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.

- Japan Institute of Logistics Systems (JILS)
http://logis-tech-tokyo.com/
Organizer Office +81-3-3436-3191

- EcoBiz Co., Ltd.
http://www.eco-biz.co.jp/en/index.html
Public Relations +81-6-6265-3040

- Sun A. Kaken Co., Ltd.
http://www.sun-a-kaken.co.jp/english/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-3241-5701

- Maruichi Co., Ltd.
http://www.maruichi-tec.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-46-220-1701

- UPR Corporation
http://www.upr-net.co.jp/uprEnglish/
Public Relations +81-3-3593-1726

- ACS Co., Ltd.
http://www.acs-1980e.com/about/index.html
Public Relations +81-48-486-9896

- UniCarriers Holdings Corporation
http://www.unicarriers.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-3-6730-3135

- ITOH DENKI Co.,LTD.
http://www.itohdenki.co.jp/english/english2.html
Public Relations +81-790-47-1225

- Murata Machinery, Ltd.
http://www.muratec.net/ce/index.html
Public Relations +81-6-6202-1121

Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life

In this "Gadgets" segment, we'll visit a major electronics manufacturer that has released a product to give Japanese women, and men, a leg up in their busy everyday lives. It's a quick and easy solution for a relaxing leg and foot massage.

The internationally known electronics maker Panasonic offers what may just be the ideal solution. Mainly targeted at the working woman, their line of compact air massagers for the legs and feet give you the ability to get a relaxing foot massage in your home or office whenever you like. The lineup includes the deluxe "Leg Refre," which has a number of modes and settings, as well as a more portable model. The different settings are said to simulate the techniques of a professional masseuse. They can apply enough pressure to soothe tension and fatigue. Only four years since their initial release, the response has been overwhelming with 850,000 units already sold. In fact, many customers have purchased both so they can keep one at home and have one to take anywhere. The experience is sensational. And being able to get a relaxing leg and foot massage anywhere in only 10 minutes is a big plus.

  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life
  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life
  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life
  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life
  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy Life
  • Get a Leg up on Your Busy 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.

- Panasonic Corporation
http://panasonic.jp/massage_parts/refre/ew-na84/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-6-6907-1187

Printing for the Blind and the Sighted

Until now, embossing was the main technique used to produce material in Braille. Our "Special Report" presents a new method that makes printing affordable and does away with the dents, but more important, it combines regular printed material with Braille, creating documents that can be used by just about anyone.

Printed materials that can be used by both visually impaired and sighted individuals were virtually non-existent, until now. A company on the outskirts of Tokyo called "Obun Printing" has developed a unique printing process to solve the problem. According to its developer, Jun Yamazaki, their special technique is based on a process for printing textures similar to Japanese lacquer and uses an ordinary offset printing press along with a colorless and transparent UV varnish. Because the varnish is transparent, Braille can be printed over regular printed matter, making it readable by almost everyone. The company plans to present their technique at the International Conference for Universal Design that will be held in Japan this year. Furthermore, preparations are being made so that it can be used for printed materials during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted
  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted
  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted
  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted
  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted
  • Printing for the Blind and the Sighted

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.

- Obun Printing Company, Inc.
http://www.obunprinting.com/
Public Relations +81-3-3817-5910

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