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Jul. 28, Sat.

International Tokyo Toy Show

Looking for toys for your children... or perhaps yourself? Then look no further than this edition of "On Site." While playing with her favorite new toys at the International Tokyo Toy Show, reporter Lemi Duncan also found time to bring us this report on everything fun in the land of the rising sun!

Schedule: Jun. 7 - Jun. 10, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The International Tokyo Toy Show is the largest show of its kind in Japan, bringing together all the big players in the Japanese toy industry. From the latest new products to some more offbeat offerings, you'll see firsthand just how fun Japanese toys can really be, with many toys that transcend gender, age and even nationality. Highlights from our coverage include a toy set for making bath bombs disguised as delicious looking sweet treats, a little robot from a popular anime series jointly developed with IBM and VIO that packs some serious AI, an amusing toy slide offering the most unusual way to eat noodles, a lifelike goldfish that swims thanks to magnets, a DIY music box that works with small removable plastic pins for the composer in you, a very popular line of squeezy toys, a creative new teddy bear design project and a unique new line of interlocking blocks.

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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.

- Sega Toys Co., Ltd.
4F, CS tower, 5-20-8 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0053 JAPAN

- Bandai Co., Ltd.
1-4-8 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-8081 JAPAN

- TOMY Company, Ltd.
7-9-10 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-8511 JAPAN

- Megahouse Corporation.
2-5-4 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0043 JAPAN

- Ishikawa Toy Co., Ltd.
1-25-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0004 JAPAN

- BONO Inc.
1-29-6 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014 JAPAN

- CCP Co., Ltd.
2-5-4 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0043 JAPAN

- Yoshiritsu Co., Ltd.
1563 Koshibe, Oyodo, Yoshino Gun, Nara Prefecture 638-0803 JAPAN

The Dragon Awakens

In this "Curiosities" segment, we introduce a drone that can transform mid-flight and looks nothing like a typical quad-copter. Developed by a research team at the University of Tokyo specializing in humanoid robots, it's far more than just a toy. One look at it as it hovers in the air and you'll know why it was named the "Dragon."

A research team at the University of Tokyo is working on the development of human-shaped robots. One of their projects, led by Chinese-born Assistant Professor Moju Zhao aims to incorporate robotic technology into drones, in other words: to create flying robots. Last year, they created a drone capable of transforming while in flight called the "Dragon." The name comes from its unique serpent-like structure composed of four two-rotor units linked together by joints that can adjust their angle in three dimensions, enabling the drone to maintain complex positions as it hovers. The team is working to extend its current maximum flight duration of three minutes. One of its potential uses would be in rescue efforts during disasters as it can squeeze into tight spaces to look for people in need of help. In May 2018, the Dragon received the Best Paper in Automation Award by the IEEE.

  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens
  • The Dragon Awakens

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.

JSK Robotics laboratory : The University of Tokyo
Dept. of Mechano-Informatics.
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Building No. 2, Hongo Campus, 7-3-1 Hongo,Bukyo-ku,Tokyo 113-8656 JAPAN

Sound Quality Well Worth its Price

Digital audio is certainly convenient and has good sound quality. But when a record is played on the state-of-the-art device we have today, it is mind-blowing how great it sounds. We take a look at how a truly high-end record player is made in our "Special Report" segment. You'll be sure to feel it sounds amazing.

The Technics SL-1000R is newly launched record player, the amp and speakers are flagship products compatible with high-resolution audio. The main feature of the SL-1000R is the stable and smooth rotation of its turntable. It's a direct-drive motor system in which the motor's axis turns the platter directly. The motor is a direct current drive system that allows for high-precision rotation control. This product is built at Panasonic's Manufacturing Innovation Center in Utsunomiya city. It's called "Manufacturing Dojo" and employees have high-levels of skill to achieve the top rank of "brown belt" get assigned to work in the record player department. The company hopes to expand their customer base through our showrooms and mobile listening room trailers even younger audio fans that used to listening to music with headphones letting them know the joy of music through speakers letting sounds vibrate through the air.

  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price
  • Sound Quality Well Worth its Price

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.

- Panasonic Center Tokyo.
3-5-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063 JAPAN

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