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Eco-Products

As beautiful as our planet earth is, it unfortunately hasn't been treated very well for the past century or so. So, the need for environmentally friendly products is greater than ever. The good news is that there are loads of them being developed. In this week's "On Site," Akira Daniel Duncan heads to Eco-Products 2016 to find out more.

Eco-Products

Schedule: Dec. 8 - 10, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The Eco-Products expo is where new eco-friendly products make their debut. Some of them are made with newly developed materials, while others use recycled materials. There are a lot of great ideas on display, but one thing that all the companies have in common is that they're proactively working to reduce CO2 emissions. This expo is a big destination for students from all over the Tokyo area. And - beyond corporate participants - representatives from universities, research laboratories, non-profits, and other groups in the business of thinking about the environment were also on hand. Highlights from our coverage include, new processes to reduce the environmental impact of the auto industry, a new super-strong and multi-purpose nanotech material made from plant fibers, ink made from rice bran, super flexible solar cells, eco-printers, and a paper recycler for the office.

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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.

- Nikkei PR Advertising Co., Ltd.
Kasahara Bldg., 1-6-10 Uchikanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN

- Mazda Motor Corporation.
3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho, Aki Gun, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-8670 JAPAN

- DAIO PAPER CORPORATION.
Iidabashi Grand Bloom, 10-2, Fujimi 2 chome, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0071 JAPAN

- T&K TOKA CO., LTD.
283-1, Chikumazawa, Miyoshi-Machi, Iruma Gun, Saitama Prefecture 354-0043 JAPAN

- SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD..
2-3-17 Toranomon, Minato City, Tokyo 105-8450 JAPAN

- Seiko Epson Corporation.
3-3-5 Owa, Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture 392-0001 JAPAN

- Duplo Co., Ltd.
3-23-14 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 170-8416 JAPAN

A 3D World in a Book

In this installment of the "Gadgets" segment, we'll take a look at a project that was developed by a Japanese architect and designer. It's an art book. Not a book about art, but rather a book that is art. Both simple and complex, it appeals to the young and old. Made to be viewed from any angle, it's 360┬░ of aesthetic enjoyment.

A 3D World in a Book

The 360┬░BOOK was designed by architect Yusuke Oono. The idea itself is rather simple: a book that presents a diorama scene in 3D. But the execution was far more complex, requiring the architect to rely on the three-dimensional design knowledge he acquired from designing buildings, as well as the CAD software commonly used for architectural work. There are currently 3 "books" in the series: The Moon and Earth, Mount Fuji, and Snow White. After settling on a theme, he starts by molding a three-dimensional shape on the computer, which is then cut up into slices; one for each page of the book. When the pages are put together, opening the book so that the front cover touches the back cover reveals the scene in all its intricate detail and beauty. Already a hit product - both here and overseas - Oono is working hard to add even more enchanting scenes to the lineup.

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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.

- Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc.
9-1 Umetada-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8136 JAPAN

Hot Water and Power on Wheels

Developing new technologies for a sustainable future is a very important endeavor. But what about technologies to help in times of need such as natural disasters? In our "Special Report," we visit a Japanese university, where they've developed something that may just fit the bill in both cases. It's quite literally a powerhouse on wheels.

The electrical engineering department at the Shibaura Institute of Technology has created a very special kind of hybrid. To be more specific, the vehicle itself runs on an ordinary high-efficiency gasoline engine, but it carries inside it a hybrid power system designed to supply power in emergencies or to those in areas where the electrical infrastructure has yet to be built. Led by Professor Hiroshi Takami, a team of graduate students helped to develop this system that combines solar power with electricity generated thermoelectrically using something called a Stirling engine. Wood pellets, or other biomass fuels are burned in a clean-burning furnace; the heat from which is used to compress gas inside the cylinder of the engine. The system is cooled using ordinary water, producing clean, usable hot water as a side benefit. This green machine brings power to the people anywhere there's a need.

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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.

- Shibaura Institute of Technology.
3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-8548 JAPAN

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