CNBC Asia: Sun 26 Apr, 2015
METRO TV:Sun 26 Apr, 2015
USTREAM: Tue 28 Apr, 2015
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 26 Apr, 2015
Cancer and other lifestyle-related diseases are on the rise across Asia which is in the midst of an economic boom. In response, Nagoya University has teamed up with medical equipment makers to promote Japanese medical techniques and technologies throughout the region, with a focus on endoscopic diagnosis and treatment. We look at the various activities being carried out under this program, such as the training of young doctors, to improve healthcare throughout Asia.
Drinking water, which many people take for granted, contains various impurities. A new water purifier was recently developed to filter out even microscopic substances invisible to the naked eye. The inventor, who has carried out water quality surveys nationwide, speaks about the inspiration for the product and the underlying technology.
PROJECT JAPAN *
Endoscopic diagnosis is regularly carried out in hospitals across Japan. As the condition of the stomach and intestines can be checked directly using a small camera, it is effective in detecting lifestyle diseases and cancer at early stages. To promote such cutting-edge techniques and technologies in other Asian countries, Nagoya University has launched a program under which it invites doctors to Japan for internships and holds local medical seminars. We report on the effect of such programs on healthcare in the region.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
The Sports Ability Discovery Association has designed a sports test using the latest measurement equipment to identify the hidden physical talents of children. There are eight components, including a dash to check starting and top speeds and a jumping test to check jumping ability and springiness. The results are evaluated to pinpoint abilities children themselves aren’t aware of and derive the best sport for each of them. We report on the latest moves to discover top athletes.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
Japanese manufacturers are developing new smart glasses with an eye on the corporate market. On a production line at one company, workers wearing the devices are able to see a picture manual of veterans carrying out each process, helping to improve efficiency. And at the University of Tokyo Hospital, doctors preparing patients for dialysis wear smart glasses to see ultrasonic images displayed at eye level, allowing them to insert needles accurately and without looking at a separate monitor. We report on the next market for smart glasses.
The water we drink every day contains numerous substances that may be harmful for the human body. Since they are microscopic, they can’t be removed by a typical water purifier. But one Takumi has developed a device to filter even the smallest of impurities. What’s more, it runs on low power and could play a role in disaster-hit regions. A man who has long been involved in water quality inspections nationwide speaks about the inspiration and technology behind the product.
Dawn of GAIA *
Across Japan, there are more than 3,000 shopping malls, and with over 50 new facilities opening up every year, competition is intensifying. The key to survival is said to be differentiation. Amid this, Seven & i Group worked with all of its companies to open a new mall in Musashikosugi, Kawasaki. What makes it different from the competition? And in another town, a local mall that’s become shopping central for local residents. The business model is one that can take on even the biggest mall franchise operator. We find out the secret to its popularity.
* Available only on CNBC Asia.