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International Stationery and Office Products Fair

If you can write with it, or use it to get the message across whether you're at home or in the office, you'll surely find it at the International Stationary and Office Products Fair. Join reporter, pen and paper enthusiast, and office supply aficionado Lemi Duncan "On Site," for a look at what’s new and noteworthy in the world of stationery!

International Stationery and Office Products Fair

Schedule: Jul. 5 - 7, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Lately, it seems like many folks hardly use any stationery at all. But there are still those who love good-old analog options. Indeed, stationary is still particularly popular here in Japan. It's true. Sure, e-devices are king these days, but people here still have a soft spot in their hearts for more tangible media. Writing by hand can help to stimulate the mind, and in Japan there are so many super-cute writing implements as well as other useful items to choose from that also stimulate the senses. Some prime examples from our coverage this year include: wearable memo pads that are both practical and playful, assembly-required clips and card holders with fun and funky style, top-class scissors, lovely lace for taping up gifts in style, label printers that bring "kawaii" into the office, a compact file folder, a super-smart sharpener, and a live demo of traditional ink making techniques.

  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair
  • International Stationery and Office Products Fair

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.

- Cosmotec Co., Ltd.
5-5-35 Nishiki-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo 190-0022 JAPAN

- Designphil Inc.
9F Ebisu Business Tower 1-19-19 Ebisu Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0013 JAPAN

- Carl MFG Co., Ltd.
3-7-9 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-8588 JAPAN

- Forwatec Japan Corp.
4-2-10 Sugue-cho, Sanjo City, Niigata Prefectue 955-0832 JAPAN

- King Jim Co., Ltd.
2-10-18 Higashi-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0031 JAPAN

- Sonic Corporation.
1-11-3 Shin-Imazato, Ikuno-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefectue 544-0001 JAPAN

- Kuretake Co., Ltd.
7-576 Minamikyobate-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefectue 630-8670 JAPAN

A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop

For this dizzying installment of our "Gadgets" segment, we look at a gyroscope. In case you don't know, it's a spinning disc that holds its direction even when the mounting moves. It's both a toy and a sophisticated navigation device. But our gadget this week is a consumer model with truly unprecedented precision and quality.

A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop

Chikyu Gyro is a new take on a well-known science toy. As you may have guessed, it's a gyroscope: a spinning flywheel with an axis mounted inside a gimbal. This principle has been applied since the 1970s to control the position of air-and spacecraft, and in recent years, to make sensors used in electronic equipment such as personal mobility devices and robots. Based in Nagoya, Tiger Gyroscope is the company that handles the design and sales of the Chikyu Gyro. To develop the new model, Mr. Torii, the company president, collected gyroscope toys from all over the world. Packed full of original ideas, the Chikyu Gyro can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It was carefully developed over the course of more than a year. Tiger Gyroscope is fiercely devoted to ensuring high quality. They're also committed to keeping their new gyro's inner workings a closely guarded trade secret.

  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop
  • A Gyro-Top That's Cream of the Crop

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.

- Tiger Gyro Scope Co., Ltd.
2-18 Oshimacho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefectue 464-0833 JAPAN

A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power

As investment in alternative energy continues to rise around the world, Japan is keeping pace with both solar and wind power technologies. In this eco-minded "Special Report," we'll visit a research site that's developed a unique method to deal with one of wind power's biggest drawbacks by storing power for later use in low winds.

There are already many wind turbines here in Japan, which generate a substantial amount of power, but they still represent a mere fraction of the country's total power generation. It may be small so far, but hopes for the method of generating electricity to become more widespread are very big indeed. However, the main issue is to regulate the power output, which can be understandably unpredictable. Therefore, power companies mostly find wind power much too unreliable. But NEDO, a Japanese government sponsored organization is now working to develop a compressed air energy storage system, or CAES for short. It uses part of the power generated to operate a system of generators and air compressors that can feed power into the grid at a constant rate regardless of wind conditions. While still in the early stages, there are high hopes that this will be a literal revolution in wind power.

  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power
  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power
  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power
  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power
  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power
  • A Solution for More Reliable Wind Power

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.

- New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
1310 Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefectue 212-0014 JAPAN

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