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Japan DIY Homecenter Show

DIY is a popular pastime worldwide, including right here in Japan. And while once centered on industry insiders, the long-running Japan DIY Homecenter Show now extends a welcome to amateur enthusiasts and members of the public as well. Join handy-dandy reporter Lemi Duncan, "On Site," at the spiritual home of Japanese DIY.

Japan DIY Homecenter Show

Schedule: Aug. 24 - 26, 2017
Location: Makuhari Messe

Initially, the Japan DIY Homecenter Show - which was founded in 1978 - was all about tools and tool makers, but as the DIY movement spread to Japan and home centers started opening all over the country, it began to include other products for this potentially lucrative market segment; with the main focus on buyers and other industry insiders. These days it includes DIY products for home improvement, home repair, appliances, pet products, gardening tools, automotive products, leisure activities, textiles, building materials, and even farming equipment. It also features interactive workshops for enthusiasts of every skill level. Highlights of our coverage include the latest cordless battery-powered innovations from Japan's leading manufacturers, tools that are as cute as they are useful, thermally bonded fabric glue, tool kits for making art, and a hands-on project that will have you sitting pretty.

  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show
  • Japan DIY Homecenter Show

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.

- Kyoto Tool Co., Ltd.
128 Sayama-Shinkaichi, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 613-0034 JAPAN

- Ryobi Limited.
762 Mesaki-cho, Fuchu City, Hiroshima Prefecture 726-8628 JAPAN

- Makita Corporation.
3-11-8, Sumiyoshi-cho, Anjo, Aichi Prefecture 446-8502 JAPAN

- Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
Shinagawa Intercity Tower A, 20th Floor, 15-1, Konan 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6020 JAPAN

- B&W Trading Japan.
3-3-3 Minamino, Namerikawa-cho, Hiki-Gun, Saitama Prefecture 355-0814 JAPAN

- Konishi Co., Ltd.
1-7-1 Doshomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 541-0045 JAPAN

Keep an Eye on Bacteria

Reporter Tomoko Maeda has a bit of an issue with bacteria; let's just say she's not a fan. And while some bacteria can be beneficial, for the food industry they can also be a real issue. In this edition of "Gadgets" however, Tomoko has a solution that works with a smartphone to help keep a close watch on unwanted germs.

Keep an Eye on Bacteria

Aqua System is a company manufacturing and selling machinery that produces electrolyzed water. Electrolyzed water is a weak acidic solution that's a very effective disinfectant. And in an effort to showcase just how useful it is, the company ended up developing an interesting new product. It's a microscope, which lets you easily observe bacteria at 1,000X magnitude, without the need for prepared slides. The microscope is gathering much attention from representatives of a wide range of industries, mainly food related. Of particular note is that, by installing their specialized app, a smartphone serves as the microscope's display, while allowing you to control things like magnification power and focus. This compact and simple design makes it ideal for use on production lines or in remote facilities to check for bacterial contamination on the spot. It may also have potential for use in education.

  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria
  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria
  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria
  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria
  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria
  • Keep an Eye on Bacteria

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.

- Aqua System Co., Ltd.
191-1 Tajima, Fujimi-Cho, Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture 371-0114 JAPAN

Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water

Alternative energy solutions are picking up real momentum as the effects of climate change are being felt worldwide. Our "Special Report" features a collaboration between business and local government in Yokohama. Combining wind and hydrogen power, it may just be the next big leap forward in the quest for truly green energy.

In the city of Yokohama, in a harbor near the city center, is a wind-power plant where the 80-meter long blades of a wind turbine spin, as they do every day. The turbine has been running for some time, but this summer, a new experiment facility was set up on the site. Adding in a hydrogen gas storage tank, electrolysis system and a bank of repurposed hybrid car batteries, a trial is underway for a system that can use the wind-generated electricity to help produce and distribute hydrogen. The batteries are used to store power so the process can continue regardless of weather conditions. After water is electrolyzed to create hydrogen, the gas is pressurized and stored, and then distributed to a network of fuel-cell powered forklifts in the area which are constantly monitored so they can be refueled when needed. And unlike a battery that takes hours to charge, they can be filled up in just a few minutes.

  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water
  • Forklifts Powered by Wind and Water

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.

- City of Yokohama
1-1 Minato-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0017 JAPAN

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