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Tokyo International Industry Exhibition

For this week's "On Site," join Akira Daniel Duncan at the Tokyo International Industry Exhibition. In a world where big business is king, you might think that small business is on its way out. But thanks to innovations in manufacturing and communications, they're actually stronger than ever; and this event is dedicated to them. 

Tokyo International Industry Exhibition

Schedule: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Bringing together unique small- and mid-size businesses from all over the Tokyo metropolitan area to show off their superior products and technologies, the Tokyo International Industry Exhibition is well known as a great place for them to expand their horizons and find new opportunities. A particular merit of this annually held event is the presence of the people who actually hold the power; company leaders who can commit to a deal on the spot. It's also a great place to see the best new ideas from this very flexible and innovation-friendly sector of the Japanese economy. Highlights from our coverage include an amazing new personal mobility system, a totally different kind of pillow, leather animal figurines, handmade high-quality brushes, a new kind of energy-efficient paint, a pretty powerful portable plasma cutter, and two all-original and potentially life-saving eco-friendly ideas.

  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition
  • Tokyo International Industry Exhibition

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.

- Tokyo International Industry Exhibition Secretariat Office.
Shinkojimachi Bldg., 4-3-3 Koji-machi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0083 JAPAN

 

- WHILL K.K.
75-1, LVP 1-204, Ono-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0046 JAPAN

 

- M.I-story.
1-37-10 Nakao, Asahi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 241-0815 JAPAN

 

- Shinohara Hagata Co., Ltd.
3-2-2 Senjumidoricho, Adachi City, Tokyo 120-0044 JAPAN

 

- Uno Brush Co., Ltd.
3-1-5 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0033 JAPAN

 

- Taiyo Toryo Co., Ltd.
6-4-18 Higashi-Kojiya, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0033 JAPAN

 

- Shiobara Seisakusyo Co., Ltd.
1-36-28 Tamagawa, Ota City, Tokyo 146-0095 JAPAN

 

- Reitec Co., Ltd.
3-25-8 Hacchobori, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0032 JAPAN

 

- Mirai-Labo Co., Ltd.
3-3-20 Sennincho, Hachioji City, Tokyo 193-0835 JAPAN

Neither Obi Nor Belt

Kimono - as well as the obi that serve as belts - are known around the world as mainstays of traditional Japanese fashion culture. But, as reporter Tomoko Maeda discovered in this edition of "+Style," one small Tokyo boutique has found a way to bring them up to date. Their all-original designs are both attractive and much easier to wear.

Neither Obi Nor Belt

KAPUKI is a brand that offers the traditional Japanese kimono in new and original styles. Their products allow modern-day Tokyoites to enjoy kimono as contemporary clothing while also honoring the past. The main concept for the brand is to offer attractive, stylish, and sophisticated kimono, preserving the classic feel of the Edo period (1603-1867CE). While they also offer more traditional kimonos as well as those made of denim and cotton, our focus is on their original obi belts. Fastened in a way similar to western-style belts, they were created so that people could enjoy wearing a kimono without having to tie the obi - a notoriously difficult and time-consuming task. Inspired by her photographer husband, designer Reiko Koshizuka has brought the obi into the world of modern fashion, using leather, as well as traditional materials, to give it a unique-yet-classic style.

  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt
  • Neither Obi Nor Belt

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.

- KAPUKI.
1-25-3 Aobadai, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0042 JAPAN

The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair

A Japanese wheelchair manufacturer has come up with a very unique new design, which they developed in collaboration with... an airline company. No, it's not a flying wheelchair. But it is nevertheless, quite revolutionary, and has been getting a lot of attention. Find out the all the details in this week's "Special Report."

The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair

Matsunaga, the leading manufacturer of wheelchairs in Japan, was approached by airline company, ANA, with the idea of producing a chair with absolutely no metal components. The world of modern airport security is a challenge for wheelchair users. Not only are the chairs sure to set off metal detectors, they're also often too wide to fit down the aisles of most passenger jets. So, they settled on using plastic, to make a compact yet full-featured solution. The only problem was that Matsunaga had no experience whatsoever with non-metal manufacturing. But after three years of development, they finally succeeded. From the handles, to the wheels, and even the bearings, which are made of ceramic, not a single bit of metal can be found. And the large rear wheels can even be removed with a single lever, allowing the chair to easily roll down the aisle on four built-in smaller wheels.

  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair
  • The Airport-Friendly Wheelchair

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.

- MATSUNAGA MANUFACTORY Co., Ltd.
484 Ohba, Yourou-cho, Yourou-gun, Gifu Prefecture 503-1272 JAPAN

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