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Office Disaster Prevention Expo

Most people here in Japan take disaster preparation quite seriously; something that's more than evident at the Office Disaster Prevention Expo. Find out what disaster-related concerns are especially relevant to offices and see what solutions are being offered through the eyes of ever-prepared reporter Akira Daniel Duncan, "On Site."

Office Disaster Prevention Expo

Schedule: Jul. 26 - 28, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Preventing damage and loss in a disaster is all about the proper preparations, but beyond big things like building design, the little things are just as important. In particular, this event features disaster prevention measures and emergency supplies all made with the office in mind. Naturally, we bring you the latest emergency essentials, as well as some unique items designed to be stored in your desk or closet that you might not have thought of. Highlights include: delicious and dependable emergency rations which take into account both caloric and storage space needs, a super-smart collapsible helmet that fits in super-slim shelf spaces, blankets that are there when you need them but not in the way when you don't, new ideas in AED systems, ultralight ceiling tiles that can fall right on you without major impact, a multilingual megaphone, and a lightweight and sturdy collapsible bicycle.

  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention Expo
  • Office Disaster Prevention 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.

- SUGITA ACE Co., Ltd.
2-14-15 Midori, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0021 JAPAN

-Toyo Safety Industrial Co., Ltd.
21-1, Tomoe, Bessho-cho, Miki-shi, Hyogo Prefecture 673-0443 JAPAN

- ADACHI TEXTILE Co., Ltd.
511 Arata Naka-cho, Taka-Gun, Hyogo Prefecture 679-1102 JAPAN

- NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION.
1-31-4 Nishiochiai, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 161-8560 JAPAN

- Nohara Holdings, Inc.
1-1-11 Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 JAPAN

- S EDISON HARDWARE CO., LTD.
1-30, Kita 11-jo Higashi 17-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture 065-0011 JAPAN

- Phabita Inc.
2-18-36 Komaoka, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-0071 JAPAN

Give Ink a Rethink

In this edition of "+Style" we'll look at something that may seem anachronistic to some: the fountain pen, or more specifically, the ink that's used in them. This old-school writing system still has a dedicated following in this country. And, indeed, it may even be enjoying a new surge in popularity due to a recent Japanese innovation.

Give Ink a Rethink

One of the traditional kinds of ink used in fountain pens is called "blue-black." Its exquisite light and dark shades of blue beautifully stand out against the white of writing paper. An all-time favorite, many manufacturers still produce this classic ink, but most blue-black available on the market today isn't made using the original method. The only company in Japan to make blue-black ink according to the traditional process is Platinum Pen. With the traditional method, the color of the ink actually darkens from a vivid blue to something closer to black, which is the reason it is named as it is. Made with the same basic ingredients, including iron, and using the same process that's more than a thousand years old, the company has now also created six new colors. Perhaps this new palette in the world of fountain pens will help ensure ink, and the words it carries, continue to flow around the world.

  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink
  • Give Ink a Rethink

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.

- PILOT CORPORATION.
2-6-21, Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8304 JAPAN

What Universal Design Sounds Like

In a surprising development that could very well make sounds more pleasant and much clearer for a wide variety of people, a small startup has come up with an interesting new idea in sound transmission. In this "Special Report," we'll look at a totally new shape for a speaker cone that its truly making waves, in more ways than one.

Barrier free sound is the concept behind the special new speakers going under the moniker "Mirai Speaker," and produced by the aptly named firm, "Sound Fun!" Independent from the main public address system, they are currently being used at the Tokyo Haneda domestic check-in counter for Japan Airlines. Their revolutionary curved speaker cone design makes them ideal for use in such a setting. Even from a distance, announcements over the speakers seem to cut through the clamor of the crowded airport. They got their start when Mr. Sato, the company director, noticed that the curved horn of a gramophone generated sound that is easier for the elderly to hear. They gathered data from listening tests with a prototype and 500 hearing-impaired volunteers to come up with the final design. Currently being adopted in other public settings, this innovation sure sounds like great gear!

  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like
  • What Universal Design Sounds Like

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.

- SoundFun Corporation.
1-32-6 Cosmos Asakusabashi Sakai Building 4th Floor, Asakusabashi, Taitou-ku Tokyo 111-0053 JAPAN

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