*First broadcast on November 3, 2020. A significant portion of Japan's manufacturing industry is handled by small factories known as "urban workshops," with less than 30 workers. Despite their small scale, a number of urban workshops are globally renowned. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is urban workshops. Our main guest is university professor Hashimoto Hisayoshi. He takes us to several workshops, and draws attention to some of their chief characteristics.
Iwai Makoto reduces the thickness of metal rods by hundredths of a millimeter
This machine converts cash in various currencies into electronic money
Kasahara Katsuyuki makes tongs with a very modern design