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Interpets

Tomoko Maeda is "On Site" at Interpets. The Japanese pet market is huge, and while the numbers of pets seem to have leveled off in recent years, the market for pet-related products and services is consistently growing. And for industry insiders and pet lovers alike, this event is the best place to see all the latest items and ideas in Japan.

Interpets

Schedule: Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Ineterpets is Japan's largest pet-related trade show, and this year's event brought together hundreds of pet industry firms under one roof. Dog and cat lovers were also free to bring their animal companions along to join the fun. Beyond our furry friends having near-human status in most households, the quality of goods and services available has surely matured in the last few years. And rather than merely showing affection, the main goal is to make sure they live safe and comfortable lives with us for many years to come. This year's highlights include innovative pet carriers of all shapes and sizes, braces and supporters for dogs of a certain age, stylish accessories for the dog about town, the latest in feline and canine nutrition, a new way to monitor cat health via the litter box, indoor trees for kitties, a useful tool to remove pet hair from carpet or upholstery, and a new doggy treadmill that makes for swimmingly good exercise.

  • Interpets
  • Interpets
  • Interpets
  • Interpets
  • Interpets
  • Interpets

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.

- Combi Corporation.
2-6-7 Motoasakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0041 JAPAN

- Sanmate Co., Ltd.
Shinkawa F2 Build 3F 2-6-4 Shinkawa, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0033 JAPAN

- Kierrys.
9-58 Hodono, Teppomachi, Akita City, Akita Prefecture 010-0913 JAPAN

- Petline Corporation.
657-1 Oharicho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture 507-0062 JAPAN

- Lion Trading Co., Ltd.
Arcacentral 11F 1-2-1 Kinshi, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0013 JAPAN

- Teramoto Corporation Ltd.
3-5-29 Itachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 550-0012 JAPAN

- Fujiseiki Co., Ltd.
3-2-35 Nishitsukiguma, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0857 JAPAN

Kits that Could Save Lives

In Japan, earthquakes are not a matter of "if" but "when," and it's vital to have a plan in case disaster strikes. If you're feeling a bit unprepared, then reporter Brian Hughes has what you need in this week's installment of "Gadgets": the latest in emergency readiness, made with all the expertise of an outdoor products manufacturer.

Kits that Could Save Lives

Mont-bell is a Japanese company known for camping equipment and outdoor supplies. But their latest product line isn't meant for recreation; it's meant for saving lives. In earthquake-prone Japan, many people have emergency kits with supplies like water, bandages, and even food. And Mont-bell's new kits contain similar items, but the difference is that many of them were originally meant for outdoor use. According to a company representative, the products they make are ideal for disaster use because of their light weight, compactness, and resistance to the elements. The basic kit comes with the essentials such as a safety whistle and hand-charging flashlight, while the largest - meant to be kept on site at evacuation centers - goes the extra mile to include things like tents and bed pads. They even offer cushions that are actually lifejackets for use in case of a tsunami.

  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives
  • Kits that Could Save Lives

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.

- Montbell Co., Ltd.
2-2-2 Shinmachi Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013 JAPAN

A Motor to Power Your Ideas

Robotics engineers once had to order their electric motors from specialty suppliers, which, as you can imagine, cost a pretty penny. Another issue was a lack of interchangeability; until now, that is. A new "smart" motor that can be operated via smartphone has just hit the scene. See it in action in this revolutionary new "Special Report."

Located in Keihanna Science City in Kyoto Prefecture is a small start-up called Keigan Motor. They've developed a small yet groundbreaking electrical motor that goes by the same name as the company. It runs on a mobile battery that can be charged with a USB cable, and controlled via Bluetooth by a dedicated smartphone app with surprisingly intuitive operation as well as accuracy. According to company president Takashi Tokuda, the concept was to produce a motor that makes it incredibly easy to build new moving systems and robots. The modular design of the app and the motors allows for some amazing combinations. They can work just like powered wheels, but can also easily serve as a haptic controller to create a corresponding rotation in another motor at a remote location. Suitable for both beginners and pros, these motors are quite literally revolutionary!

  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas
  • A Motor to Power Your Ideas

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.

- Keigan Inc.
KEIHANNA PLAZA Labo building 5F 1-7, Hikaridai, Seika-cho Soraku gun, Kyoto Prefecture 619-0237 JAPAN

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