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Sep. 14, Wed.

Office Disaster Prevention Expo

Japanese people spend the much of their time in the office. So it's vital that businesses have a strategy in place to prepare for inevitable emergencies and natural disasters. For our "On Site" report, join safety-minded reporter Brian Hughes at the Office Disaster Prevention Expo, an event dedicated to the business of being prepared.

Office Disaster Prevention Expo

Schedule: Jul. 13 - 15, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

There is no predicting when a big earthquake will hit. But if it's on a weekday, chances are good that a substantial number of people will be in their workplace at the time, particularly here in Japan. Office disaster preparedness means peace of mind for employees. It's also important for businesses; as preventing loss of life, as well as property damage, can mean the difference between staying afloat and going under. At this event, you'll find the latest products and ideas to help keep businesses and their employees safe in times of crisis. Highlights from this year's show include a realistic-yet-portable earthquake simulator, an impressive tubular survival kit, helmets designed to be safe yet easy to store, emergency rations that are still delicious, a system for maintaining hygiene when the plumbing is out-of-order, and a way to keep flood waters out so you can stay open for business, and more.

  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo

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.
18F Shinjuku-Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0570 JAPAN

- Hakusan Corporation.
J Tower, 1-1 Nikko-cho, Fuchu City, Tokyo 183-0044 JAPAN

- Sugita Ace Co., Ltd.
2-14-15 Midori, Sumida City, Tokyo 103-8115 JAPAN

- Makito Comfort Co., Ltd.
2-13-2 Sonoki, Konan-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture 950-1135 JAPAN

- Tanizawa Seisakusyo, Ltd.
Kinshi Building, 2-8-1 Shintomi, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0041 JAPAN

- MCM Japan Ltd.
Suntowers Center Bldg. 2-11-22 Sangenjaya, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-8539 JAPAN

- Onisi Foods Co., Ltd.
3-4-2 Mita, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0073 JAPAN

- MIDORI ANZEN Co., Ltd.
4-3 Hiroo 5-chome, Shibiya City, Tokyo 150-8455 JAPAN

- Tsurumi Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
4-16-40 Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 538-8585 JAPAN

Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!

Java or joe, or whatever you call it, coffee is the drink of choice for a large part of the world's population. However, brewing it up to perfection is no easy task. In particular, the essential step of roasting the coffee beans is notoriously tricky to do yourself. At least it was until now, as we'll see in this week's "Gadgets" segment.

Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!

Dainichi is a Niigata Prefecture based company that produces modular oil fan heaters that are commonly used in the winter months in households all over Japan. The heaters use temperature-control systems which were developed in house, and this technology is now also found in their latest products, a line of coffee bean roasters; the star of which is a machine that not only roasts, but also brews up a perfect pot every time. Three roast levels are available: light, medium, and the deeper full city roast. In response to customer demand, the company also offers coffee beans for sale online. According to Kazuhiro Koide, the man in charge of coffee bean sales, the new machine has inspired many coffee lovers to try roasting for themselves by making the process so much easier. Their eye-opening product line also includes a more sophisticated dedicated roaster that is capable of 12 roast levels.

  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!
  • Roast, Brew and Pour... at Home!

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.

- DAINICHI Co., Ltd.
780-6 Kitatanaka, Minami-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture 950-1295 JAPAN

The Levitating Bonsai

In this elevated edition of our "Curiosities" segment, we'll take a look at the traditional Japanese art of bonsai. Having been around for so many years you may think it's an area where innovation and surprises are few and far between. And you'd be right, except perhaps for the new products from one eco-minded Japanese company.

The Levitating Bonsai

Hoshinchu, a company dedicated to taking better care of mother earth, has come up with a unique way of encouraging a deeper connection with our environment: small levitating and spinning bonsai trees. Aptly named "Air Bonsai," the unique works of eco-friendly art were first presented at the Setouchi Triennale 2016, an international art event. The bonsai float thanks to electromagnets. But the levitating trees are more than fancy ornamental plants. The idea for these gravity-defying bonsai came from Hoshinchu's founder Hikaru Hoshi, and they have also been working with bonsai masters such as artist Masashi Hirao. According to the artist, the concept isn't simply that they look cool because they float in midair, but rather that they serve as a metaphor for the Earth. By taking care of these "small planets" we can feel a deeper sense of the beauty and fragility of our home planet.

  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai
  • The Levitating Bonsai

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.

- Hoshinchu Air Bonsai Garden.
1-6-2 Ikejiri, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0001 JAPAN

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