CNBC Asia: Sun 30 Nov, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 6 Dec, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 2 Dec, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 30 Nov, 2014
Small products purchased online are typically sent in what’s called “mail delivery packages”. But because of their size, these parcels don’t fit into regular mailboxes and often need to be redelivered when recipients aren’t home. To solve this problem, a new mailbox has been developed. We report on a small company that’s changing postal services in a big way.
A technology has been invented to print on curved and irregular surfaces such as mobile phones and eyeglass frames with surprising clarity. They say it’s also possible to print on electronic circuit boards and semiconductors. We follow the work of a “Takumi” as he expands the possibilities of this niche market.
PROJECT JAPAN *
The growth of “mail delivery packages” has created a new problem. For example, parcels carrying books ordered online are often too big to fit inside regular mailboxes, and if the recipient isn’t home, they have to be redelivered at a later time. To reduce the hassle, time and cost, Amazon Japan and Japan Post partnered with a small manufacturer to develop a new type of mailbox. We report on how a seemingly small and simple idea is set to transform the foundation of postal services.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
”Valldemossa Ginza” is a new facility that opened in Ginza, Tokyo. With a glass-encased chapel, a rooftop garden and other luxurious facilities, it is a wedding and banquet hall built on the concept of a “splashy wedding”, with the average cost reaching 50,000 dollars. Another company is offering more reasonable wedding services in unusual locations and held the first wedding in Japan at an outlet mall. We introduce some of the modern twists to tying the knot in Japan.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
Technologies that were once on the verge of extinction may have the chance to be reborn with a shift in perspective. One example is magnetic tape used in cassette tapes and VHS tapes. Storage capacity has been greatly enhanced, allowing it to be used in a cutting-edge field. Another is “pagers”, which took the world by storm in the early 1990s. They have been transformed into an emergency radio terminal. We look at how technologies once considered obsolete are making a comeback in the digital era.
A “Takumi” has developed an unprecedented technology to print on dimensional objects. Until now, graphics printed on curved or irregular surfaces would end up looking stretched or unclear. But one craftsman developed a technology to solve that problem. How does it work? We follow the work of an engineer who is expanding the possibilities of this niche field.
Dawn of GAIA *
Companies across Japan are joining hands to counter competition. For example, convenience store chain “Family Mart” and karaoke chain “Daiichi Kosho”. The aim is to bring in core customers of their partner into their own stores. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings and Japan Post have also teamed up to merge the department store chain’s branding power and the postal service provider’s logistics network. We explore how businesses are joining forces to complement strengths and supplement weaknesses to take on rivals in fiercely competitive markets.
* Available only on CNBC Asia.