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International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition

Many people in Japan are determined to live as actively and independently as possible, well into their twilight years. The latest innovations to help them do just that can be found at the International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition. Join reporter Lemi Duncan to see the latest in assistive technologies, "On Site."

International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition

Schedule: Sep. 27 - 29, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

There are a significant number of individuals classified as either elderly or disabled here in Japan. And this country is widely recognized as one of the most rapidly "aging societies" in the developed world. New hardware developments have meant that the elderly and disabled can live with a greater degree of freedom, but software solutions for such ends are still a relative unknown. It remains to be seen whether things like the IoT, cloud computing, and AI will have an impact, but pioneering efforts in this area are ongoing. Our coverage of this globally recognized event focuses heavily on such developments; including the latest in high-tech wheelchairs and mobility devices from specialists in the field, assistive technologies developed by Japanese automakers, cloud-based nursing care solutions, as well as a unique new shower system from a maker of fire extinguishers.

  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition
  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition
  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition
  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition
  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition
  • International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition

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.

- Nissin Medical Industries Co., Ltd.
35-2 Gongen, Okimura, Kitanagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 481-8681 JAPAN

- Miki Corporation.
3-38-10 Yutaka, Minami-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 457-0863 JAPAN

- Sanwa Co., Ltd.
5-21-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051 JAPAN

- Toyota Marketing Japan Corporation.
1-4-18 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8701 JAPAN

- Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
1-2-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-8672 JAPAN

- Morita Holdings Corporation.
3-25-31 Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003 JAPAN

- Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
1-4-1 Chuo, Wako City, Saitama Prefecture 351-0193 JAPAN

A True Life-Saving App

These days there's an app for just about everything. But what could be more important than one that can save lives? In this edition of "App for That," we'll learn about a new smartphone application designed for this purpose. Join reporter Tomoko Maeda for a hands-on look at the future of community-based emergency response systems.

A True Life-Saving App

"Coaido 119" is a new smartphone app now ready for launch. But what exactly does it do? First, some background information. The emergency services number in Japan is "119," and simply dialing the number from any phone allows you to request medical assistance. But, in a cardiac arrest event in particular, every second counts, and the time it takes for an ambulance to arrive can vary greatly in a major city like Tokyo. Enter the new app, which helps to coordinate resources nearby an emergency event. It connects CPR practitioners, facilities where AED devices are stored, and city EMS services with the person who phoned in the emergency, allowing for rapid information exchange and a quick response. According to one of the developers - himself a former paramedic - reducing the time between the event and the application of CPR can literally mean life or death.

  • A True Life-Saving App
  • A True Life-Saving App
  • A True Life-Saving App
  • A True Life-Saving App
  • A True Life-Saving App
  • A True Life-Saving App

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.

- Coaido Co., Ltd.
3-40-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN

Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art

For this week's "+Style" segment, we'll look at some lovely yet surprisingly affordable furniture. Handmade options are beautiful but expensive, while mass-produced products are cheaper but can be lacking in personality. However, thanks to a group of innovative Tokyo area craftspeople, there's now a third choice that's the best of both worlds.

KOMA is a company that makes furniture using high-grade natural wood, but many of the products in their showroom aren't one-of-a-kind items. Their unique concept is furniture that is handmade yet mass-produced, focusing on balancing quality and cost. Their products are made in small lots of a few tens of units and sold at reasonable prices. Their furniture has won competitions and even been displayed at an event in Paris. It received awards for its excellent woodworking craftsmanship and is highly praised both in and out of Japan. Almost all of the concepts and designs for the furniture are the work of company president, Shigeki Matsuoka. But his method strays somewhat from convention in that, as he pictures how the product will be made, he also paints the drawing in watercolors. This visual approach has resulted in beautiful, affordable furniture with a growing global fan base.

  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art
  • Wood Furniture Down to a Fine Art

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.

- Koma Co., Ltd.
1-24-10 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043 JAPAN

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