CNBC Asia: Sun 21 Sep, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 27 Sep, 2014
USTREAM: Wed 24 Sep, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 21 Sep, 2014
Orix is now a multinational corporation. Originally focusing on leasing services, it has diversified into a wide range of fields, including hotels and facilities such as an aquarium. What’s their secret to overcoming drastic changes in the global economy while remaining firmly in the black? Senior Chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi reveals his strategy.
Purikura, or picture sticker printing booths, is continuing to evolve. Among the younger set, it has become a popular form of entertainment. And with advancements in technology, pictures can now be “tweaked” to make users look “kawaii (cute)”. We report on the evolution of Japan’s version of selfies.
EXECUTIVE INSIGHT *
Beside the Tokyo Skytree lies the Sumida Aquarium, a popular facility packed with people on weekdays and weekends. It is being operated by Orix, which is better known for its leasing services. The company is involved in a variety of businesses and has recently been focusing on solar power generation. While seemingly unconnected, they are all part of a larger expansion and diversification strategy. Senior Chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi explains.
PROJECT JAPAN *
Purikura, or picture sticker printing booths, is a staple of amusement facilities. First introduced in 1995, the machines have continued to evolve over the past two decades. Pictures can be “tweaked” to make users look younger or their eyes bigger. And now, the latest device will even print out a figurine in your likeness. We take a look at the next generation of purikura.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
Amid a shortage of bus, taxi and delivery truck drivers, new initiatives are being introduced to more actively recruit homemakers. One delivery company has created a system to hand off packages to homemakers, who make sure the parcels reach customers within a two kilometer radius of their homes. Meanwhile, a railway operator has started a program to enlist more women drivers. We report on how businesses are tapping into homemakers to ride out the labor crunch.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
There are now moves across Japan to reduce national medical care costs by encouraging people to walk properly. One school that offers walking lessons is seeing skyrocketing demand, forcing it to turn away new applicants. Meanwhile, a research lab at Ochanomizu University has developed shoe-type sensors to measure pressure on the soles of the feet to define the best walking form for people in various age groups. We report on a new trend of walking properly for health.
Dawn of GAIA *
Tokyo hosts numerous so-called “antenna shops” set up by regional governments to promote local specialties, but most only carry “famous” products. Towns and villages nationwide still have plenty of hidden attractions. We report on new initiatives to unearth this buried treasure.
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