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Earthquake Technology EXPO

The subject of earthquake and disaster preparation is one that the Japanese take very seriously. Each year the Earthquake Technology Expo gives companies the opportunity to present a variety of solutions to cope with almost any disaster you can imagine. Join reporter Akira Daniel Duncan for this fully prepared "On Site" report.

Earthquake Technology EXPO

Schedule: Feb. 3 - 4, 2017
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

The ever-present shadow of future large-scale seismic events looms large over the land of the rising sun, and Japan is always working towards being better prepared. The Earthquake Technology Expo presents numerous solutions to cope with a variety of disasters; including, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, fires, and storms, as well as outdoor products, home electronics, and foodstuffs meant to help cope with their aftereffects. The aim is to present in as much detail as possible technical solutions for earthquakes and other disasters which can in some way help mitigate damage and loss of life. Highlights include a lightweight seismic isolation system, emergency cutoff breaker boxes, water purification systems, portable water storage solutions, lifeboats for surviving tsunamis, smart earthquake-resistant latches, vibration-resistant partition walls, and a very capable rescue robot.

  • Earthquake Technology EXPO
  • Earthquake Technology EXPO
  • Earthquake Technology EXPO
  • Earthquake Technology EXPO
  • Earthquake Technology EXPO
  • Earthquake Technology 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.

- Exhibition Technologies, Inc.
New Aoyama Build, 8F 1-1-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN

- Ideal Brain Co., Ltd.
1301 Waterras Annex 2-105 Kanda-Awaji-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0063 JAPAN

- Nitto Kogyo Corporation.
2201 Kanihara, Nagakute City, Aichi Predecture 480-1189 JAPAN

- Maezawa Kasei Industries Co., Ltd.
NOF Nihonbashi Honcho building, Nihonbashi Honcho 2-7-1, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0023 JAPAN

- National Marine Plastic Co., Ltd.
Daitou Build, 4F 6-24-6 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0013 JAPAN

- Mizuno Marine Co., Ltd.
1-12-15 Meishinguchi, Toyonaka City, Osaka Predecture 561-0841 JAPAN

- MURAKOSHI MANUFACTURING CORPORATION.
5-6-35 Midori-cho, Koganei City, Tokyo 184-8595 JAPAN

- Itoki Corporation.
1-4-12 Imafuku-higashi, Joto-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Predecture 536-0002 JAPAN

- Mobile Robot Research Co., Ltd.
2-15-41 Dai, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Predecture 247-0061 JAPAN

Introducing the Smart Stovetop

If your normal eating experience involves a phonebook rather than a recipe book, then this edition of "Gadgets" is for you; featuring a new gas range that takes the guesswork out of cooking. Just tell it what you're preparing, and it handles the tricky bits. Even the most reluctant cook can benefit from this "Made in Japan" innovation.

Introducing the Smart Stovetop

Gas appliance expert Rinnai has come up with a new cooktop that takes a very 21st-century approach to food preparation. The burners are equipped with state-of-the-art sensors initially designed as fire safety measures, which are now also being used to do something rather wonderful. They allow the range to do the cooking for you or, to be more precise, they handle the heat adjustments needed to cook like a pro. While the range itself has some built-in recipes, it can also be controlled by a dedicated smartphone app that features over 100 mouthwatering recipes. Naturally, the food prep like cutting and seasoning is still up to you, but once everything is in the pot, you just turn on the heat and tap the "start cooking" button on your phone. The app can also control the cooktop's grill, allowing you to simultaneously prepare complex meals with multiple dishes. Bon app├ętit!

  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop
  • Introducing the Smart Stovetop

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.

- Rinnai Corporation.
2-26, Fukuzumi-cho, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Predecture 454-0802 JAPAN

Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History

While Japan's indigo dyed fabrics are quite well-known, the company featured in this week's "Special Report," handles an indigo-colored product that you might not expect. In fact, you might be surprised it's actually made in Japan. Indeed, it's made with all the pride and attention to detail that more traditional products are known for.

Kaihara of Fukuyama City began as a company that made a type of fabric called bingo gasuri in 1893. After World War II, they began exporting wide-width kasuri used for making western style clothing, then later went onto manufacturing high-quality denim. As a maker of denim, they gained broad recognition when overseas manufacturers started using their products. Today, the company insists on keeping the production running within Fukuyama, and plays a leadership role in the region. Bella Vista, a resort hotel run by a large, local shipbuilding company, is uncompromisingly committed to the local-production local-consumption business model, and makes many of its fixtures and products, including sofa covers, loungewear, and teddy bears, with Kaihara's denim fabric. Without a doubt, Kaihara's commitment to quality exemplifies the true-blue spirit of "Made in Japan" excellence.

  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History
  • Denim - The Fabric of a Town's History

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.

- Kaihara Corporation.
1450 Tsune, Shinichi-cho, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Predecture 729-3107 JAPAN

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