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Aug. 25, Sat.

SPORTEC 2018

Japan is a country that takes its health quite seriously. In addition to nutrition and sleep, fitness is a major component of a healthy lifestyle. In this "On Site" segment, reporter and Pilates based fitness instructor Tomoko Maeda discovers some of the newest products designed to keep us in shape at SPORTEC.

Schedule: Schedule: Jul. 4 - 6, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

With the Tokyo Olympics coming in 2020, Japan is more enthusiastic about sports than ever. A comprehensive sporting goods exhibition, SPORTEC is one of the largest events of its kind in Japan, attracting a huge number of visitors during its 3-day run. Highlights from this coverage include a machine made in Japan for Pilates training, an exercise machine with a rotating saddle for more efficient stretching, a chest extension machine using springs to provide resistance, a bench press that was developed with the collaboration of a world-champion, a training device that can help improve concentration and promotes relaxation, an auto belay system that lowers you safely when bouldering, an exercise program using a special surfboard to get you ready to hit the waves, and a chair designed for a well-balanced inner muscle training session without the need for an instructor.

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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.

-- imk Co., Ltd.
2-12 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825 JAPAN

- ZERO initialize Co., Ltd.
4-12-44 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023 JAPAN

- Bodymaker Co., Ltd.
3-23-25 Tarumi-cho, Suita City, Osaka Prefecture 564-0062 JAPAN

- Senoh Corporation.
250 Matsuhidai, Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture 270-2214 JAPAN

- Sandstone, Inc.
4-2-1-105 Nagatsuda Minamidai, Midori-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 226-0018 JAPAN

- Life Create Co., Ltd.
5-1 Kita 4 jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0004 JAPAN

- Panasonic Tokyo Office.
1-39-9 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002 JAPAN

Vending Machines Go High Tech

If you find yourself thirsty in Japan, just walk in any direction for a few meters. You'll probably bump into a vending machine. In this land of convenience, you can find them anywhere. For this "Gadgets" segment, Akira Daniel Duncan introduces the high tech that's going into the latest versions of them.

In all of Japan, there are over two million beverage vending machines. And JR-East Water Business operates about 10,000 vending machines located mainly in Japan Railway, or JR, train stations. Some of the more recent models they developed are equipped with a face-recognition system that determines your gender and age group to recommend drinks especially for you. Just like their older models, their latest release allows you to make purchases using cash and IC cards, but in addition, it also links up with a dedicated smartphone app called "acure pass." The app shows you what drinks are currently available, and lets you choose your beverage and pay on your portable device, eliminating the need for coins. There's even a function that lets you offer what you purchased as gifts to friends and family. It's now even easier to get that refreshing drink whenever and wherever you need it.

  • Vending Machines Go High Tech
  • Vending Machines Go High Tech
  • Vending Machines Go High Tech
  • Vending Machines Go High Tech
  • Vending Machines Go High Tech
  • Vending Machines Go High Tech

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.

- JR East Water Business Co., Ltd.
1-5-5 EbisuMinami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0022 JAPAN

Distilling the Taste of Japan

Alcoholic drinks like sake have always been a part of Japanese culture. In recent years, Japanese whisky has won a number of awards, and today Japan is in the midst of a craft beer boom. When he heard of a new kind of craft beverage produced in Kyoto, Matthew Masaru Barron went there for a sip or two in this "Special Report."

Founded by two gentlemen from the UK, the Kyoto Distillery produces a special kind of gin. "KI NO BI" is a craft dry gin made by distilling eleven botanicals gathered in six different groups. Procured from local producers in Kyoto, the botanicals include gyokuro green tea, bamboo, red shiso, lemon, yuzu, ginger, and many more combined into elements that give the gin a complex and rich flavor. Many gin distilleries process all botanicals in the same tank, but each of KI NO BI's botanical combinations is macerated and distilled individually before being finally blended. The Kyoto Distillery also insist on the quality of the water used, taken straight from the wells of a sake brewery in the famous Fushimi area. And their gin is made with a base of rice spirits, a more high-end ingredient. Their efforts have made KI NO BI a popular premium brand in Japan as well as overseas.

  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan
  • Distilling the Taste of Japan

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.

- Number One Drinks Co., Ltd.
15 Kisshoinshimanomazume-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8363 JAPAN

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