Sponsors

  • bridgestone
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • ORIX Corporation
  • skytree
  • the Tokyu Group
  • TOYOTA
  • Keisei Electric Railway
  • Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
  • Nippon Rent-A-Car Service, Inc.
  • SEIBU HOLDINGS
  • SHIMIZU CORPORATION
  • Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
  • Toray Industries, Inc.

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#36

UP DATE
Tue 29 Nov, 2016

One-of-a-Kind Umbrella Craftsmanship. 3D Mapping the Worker Shortage.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 4 Dec, 2016
METRO TV:Sun 4 Dec, 2016
USTREAM: Tue 6 Dec, 2016
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 4 Dec, 2016

 Fukui Yougasa President Hajime Hashimoto says umbrellas aren’t simply for warding off rain. The company’s strengths are its unconventional ideas and development capabilities. Merging traditional materials and embroidery of high-end kimonos with cutting-edge technologies, it creates products brimming with the essence of Japanese culture and is continually growing its fan base.
 
The construction industry in Japan is facing a severe shortage of workers. A potential solution may be 3D mapping. We report on new technologies that may help enhance labor productivity.

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE *

 The construction industry in Japan is facing a severe worker shortage. With the increasing number of projects, such as the repair and renovation of public facilities, the country is expected to face a shortage of 1.3 million workers by 2025. The forestry cooperative of Oita Prefecture, which has a large forestry industry, has adopted 3D mapping to digitalize every forest and every tree to address the problem. Will IT really enhance labor productivity?

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE *

 Many companies are working to address the problem of long work hours. One worker dispatch firm adopted what’s called a “free attendance” system two years ago. Employees can effectively have three days off a week as long as they can take emergency calls when they’re outside the office. As a result, they say turnover has been drastically reduced and individual performance has improved.

Program A

Takumi 

 This time, we feature a specialist in making prosthetic legs for everyday use. Users of prosthetic legs complain of a certain problem. How will the Takumi solve that? The answer is a new type of prosthetic leg that incorporates not just technology, but also design.

Program A

Dream Weavers 

 Umbrellas using Ohshima pongee, Shantou embroidery, Wajima lacquer for its handles, and ultra-lightweight carbon for the ribs. Featured this time is a manufacturer of high-end umbrellas that integrate traditional crafts, cutting-edge technology, and Japanese culture. The president says his aim is to create original products that can’t be copied by big companies and only sell in small numbers.

Program B

Wafusohonke  

The Current

 Asakusa is becoming a world-renowned tourist destination. The streets still retain a historical feel, with all kinds of artisans carrying on traditions handed down over the ages. This time, we follow artisans working behind the scenes ahead of the Sanja Matsuri Festival held in May every year and introduce their passion for the event and seasoned techniques.

 

 

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

Latest Episode

#35

UP DATE
Tue 22 Nov, 2016

Which Foods Are Most Commonly Wasted? New Material That Is Stronger Than Iron.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 27 Nov, 2016
METRO TV:Sun 27 Nov, 2016
USTREAM: Tue 29 Nov, 2016
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 27 Nov, 2016

 ’Food loss’ means food thrown away despite the fact that it’s still edible. Which foods are most commonly wasted in home. We’ll introduce ways to use the food that might otherwise be wasted.

 ’Cellulose Nanofiber’ is a new material that is produced from plants. And it’s said that the material is stronger than iron. We followed the efforts of a university professor who developed cellulose nanofiber.

Program A

CHANNEL JAPAN RANKING

 ’Food loss’ means food thrown away despite the fact that it’s still edible. Which foods are most commonly wasted in home. We’ll introduce ways to use the food that might otherwise be wasted.

Program A

JAPANESE DREAM 

  ‘Cellulose Nanofiber’ is a new material that is produced from plants. And it’s said that the material is stronger than iron. We followed the efforts of a university professor who developed cellulose nanofiber.

Program A

GACCHIRI MONDAY *

 Our topic today is ‘the companies that are doing well in the sunset industries.’ There are companies, although in these ‘sunset industries,’ that are surviving by coming up with creative ideas and successfully increasing profits. We’ll introduce the secrets of their successes.

Program B

Wafusohonke  

The Current

 Yamagata is known for its cherries and peaches and often referred to as the Kingdom of Fruits in Japan. It is also home to numerous traditional crafts such as shogi carving and metal casting. This time, we carried out an extensive search for little-known artisans with exceptional skills and meet people who’ve overcome hardships to carry on tradition.

 

 

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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Sponsors

  • bridgestone
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • ORIX Corporation
  • skytree
  • the Tokyu Group
  • TOYOTA
  • Keisei Electric Railway
  • Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
  • Nippon Rent-A-Car Service, Inc.
  • SEIBU HOLDINGS
  • SHIMIZU CORPORATION
  • Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
  • Toray Industries, Inc.