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Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014

Japan faces natural disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis, and there are also other safety issues. In this week's "On Site" report, join Brian Hughes at RISCON, the risk management exhibition. It's all about keeping everybody as safe as possible in an unpredictable world.

Schedule: Oct. 15 - 17, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Three years have past since the Great East Japan Earthquake when more than 15,000 people lost their lives. But this year alone many people have also died from landslides caused by heavy rain and volcanic eruptions. Not to mention other urban dangers like traffic accidents and even crime. RISCON is Japan's largest crisis management exhibition. This year, about 10 percent of the roughly 50,000 visitors were national and local disaster management officials. Which means we should be able to get a clear idea about Japan's level of readiness. The show itself features everything from measures designed to prevent damage in a disaster, to rescue equipment, as well as active and passive security solutions. Highlights form this years show include flood resistant doors, a radio locator system, an amazing auto-tracking security camera, and a Brian-gobbling rescue robot.

  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014
  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014
  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014
  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014
  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 2014
  • Security & Safety Trade Expo 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.

- RISCON TOKYO Management Office
http://www.kikikanri.biz/english/
Organizer Office +81-3-3503-7641

- Bunka Shutter Co., Ltd.
http://www.bunka-s.co.jp/english/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-5844-7416

- ALT INC.
http://www.alt.co.jp/eng
Public Relations +81-3-5946-7336

- AUTHENTIC JAPAN Co. Ltd.,
http://www.authjapan.com/#!-/cwpz Public Relations +81-92-407-2315

- Tokyo Fire Department
http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/index.html Public Relations +81-3-3212-2111

- NHK Integrated Technology Inc.
http://nhkitec.com/english/index.html
Sales Group +81-3-5456-4733

- Znet Corporation
http://www.znet-c.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-52-209-9521

- SENON LIMITED
http://www.senon.co.jp/english.php
Public Relations +81-45-683-1010

- LET'S Corporation
http://www.lets-co.jp/lets/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-52-201-6230

The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams

This "gadgets" segment is going small-scale. We'll head to TYA Kitchen, a company known for its incredibly realistic dollhouse kitchen appliances and dioramas. The mom and pop organization is making it big in the world of small with creations that are a big hit worldwide.

TYA Kitchen is famous for its dollhouse kitchen appliances. Each piece is extremely detailed and realistic. So much so that it's hard to believe they're miniatures. The current owner, Yukio Kawai, used to work in the apparel industry, but decided to follow in his father's footsteps and has been running a metal press factory for the past 30 years. About 10 years ago, his wife asked him to make a miniature copper pot for her dollhouse, and it became a hit at an exhibition in Japan. This prompted them to begin professionally making and selling miniature kitchen appliances. The company's products are regularly showcased at international exhibitions, and have gained a solid reputation and following around the world. Their showroom also features a number of incredibly detailed dioramas made with the company's original creations. They may be small in size, but they make a big impact.

  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams
  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams
  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams
  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams
  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams
  • The Miniature Kitchen of Your Dreams

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.

- Minityubouan
http://minityuan.ocnk.net (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-3-3893-0996

The Quest for Zero Energy

For our "Special Report" segment, we'll take a look at a ZEB, or Zero Energy Building. Boasting a number of innovations, the building is designed to lower the amount of energy it needs to operate, while actually creating energy on its own. What's more, it was designed with the tight spaces of Tokyo in mind.

A Zero Energy Building (ZEB) is a building where the energy it produces is sufficient to supply the energy it needs to operate, effectively canceling out its energy consumption. In Japan, the technology has only just begun to develop, since buildings in the large metropolitan areas are very close to one another, making ZEB construction quite difficult. It requires local expertise and a different approach than found in the wide-open spaces abroad. But at last, an experimental ZEB for research has been built in Japan thanks to the efforts of Taisei Corporation. The building includes numerous green features like its solar cell layout and use of natural light that make it more practical in a dense urban environment and it also features state-of-the-art earthquake protection. It is hoped that public facilities, beginning with lower energy locations like schools, will all be converted to ZEBs.

  • The Quest for Zero Energy
  • The Quest for Zero Energy
  • The Quest for Zero Energy
  • The Quest for Zero Energy
  • The Quest for Zero Energy

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.

- Taisei Corporation
http://www.taisei.co.jp/english/index.html
http://www.taisei.co.jp/giken/topics/1353301853006.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-5381-5011

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