CNBC Asia: Sun 22 Mar, 2015
METRO TV:Sun 22 Mar, 2015
USTREAM: Tue 24 Mar, 2015
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 22 Mar, 2015
From the Ebola Virus running rampant across West Africa to the first outbreak of Dengue Fever in 70 years in Japan, infectious diseases are posing a threat to people around the world. Amid this, the Nikkei Asian Conference on Communicable Diseases was held in Okinawa, bringing together international experts from industry, government and academia to discuss specific strategies to tackle the issue. We report on efforts being made across national boundaries.
In Takumi this time, we introduce a technology that’s been invented to machine-weave the world’s thinnest silk fabric, which some have likened to a material appearing in a Japanese folktale called, “The Robe of the Celestial Maiden”. But developing a machine capable of mass-producing such a fabric faced numerous challenges such as threads breaking during processing. We find out how one Takumi overcame numerous difficulties in the pursuit of an unprecedented product.
PROJECT JAPAN *
Infectious diseases not only affect the health of people, but can also cause significant social and economic disruptions such as reducing or shutting down corporate activity. The “Nikkei Asian Conference on Communicable Diseases” was recently held in Okinawa to strengthen international cooperation and discuss strategies to tackle the issue. What’s needed to thwart and eventually eradicate infectious diseases? We hear from experts at the conference.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
New “sharing” businesses are popping up one after another to take a slice of a market forecast to reach one trillion yen globally. One necktie rental website allows members to choose and borrow as many as they want from a selection of 1,000 for a flat monthly fee. And an accessory rental service offers a similar deal, letting women borrow necklaces, earrings and other fashion items. We report on a new runway opening up for the apparel industry.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
The integration of IT and health management services is giving rise to new businesses. One example is a service called “Diet Tutor” offered over a smartphone application, which allows users to send in pictures of their meals to be assessed by certified nutritionists. Another service offers shopping rewards based on the number of steps a person walks during the day. We report on the growing trend of personal health management powered by IT.
There’s a silk fabric said to be the thinnest in the world. Its color shifts constantly depending on the angle of the light. The secret behind its thinness, flexibility and beauty is the use of tiny threads almost invisible to the naked eye. They’re said to be one-sixth the thickness of a strand of hair. So how was the Takumi able to mass produce such a fine fabric using such thin threads? We find out how one man overcame the odds in pursuit of his passion.
Global Navigation Front *
Global Navigation Front is an economic program produced by BS-TBS. In this episode, we focus on ‘Sport Equipment Industry.’ The industry is showing strong sales as it is backed by the popularity of running sports and health trends, however there are concerns about whether or not this trend will continue as Japan’s declining birthrate may have a direct impact on number of participants in sports activities. We will look into strategies of the Japanese top selling sports equipment company who is seeking more business opportunities in overseas markets.
* Available only on CNBC Asia.