Sponsors

  • bridgestone
  • Kobe Steel, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • omron
  • orix
  • seibu-group
  • skytree
  • Canon
  • JR-EAST
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • SHIMIZU CORPORATION
  • TOYOTA
  • Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd

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#31

UP DATE
Tue 28 Oct, 2014

Accommodating Tourists from Asia. A Waterless Cooking Pot.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 2 Nov, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 8 Nov, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 4 Nov, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 2 Nov, 2014

 The Japanese government has set a target of attracting 20 million inbound tourists annually. Amid the various initiatives underway, the leisure and tourism industries are also taking aggressive steps to reach out to foreign travelers. One of those companies is Seibu Holdings, which operates the Prince Hotel chain nationwide and offers services targeted at international guests. Group President Takashi Goto explains his strategy.

 One cooking pot on the market in Japan is in such high demand that there’s a 15-month waiting list. Called a “waterless cast-iron enameled pot”, it creates soups without the need to add any water and draws out the essence and natural taste of ingredients. We discover the secrets behind this almost magical kitchen tool.

Program A

EXECUTIVE INSIGHT *

 Seibu Holdings has three core businesses – railways, hotels, and real estate. Leveraging their strengths in each of these areas, they are now setting their sights on travelers from overseas. The company has also been engaged in numerous projects, such expanding services offered by Prince Hotel in Shinagawa-Takanawa, considered the gateway of Tokyo, and constructing a multi-purpose facility on the grounds of the former Akasaka Prince Hotel. President Takashi Goto outlines his vision for the future.

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 Brick-and-mortar retailers are countering the rise of online shopping with new strategies. A major shoe retailer uses a tablet PC to instantly check warehouse inventory when a product is not in stock, and delivers them directly to customers’ homes. One home goods retailer has raised the ratio of relatively inexpensive private-label brands to 40 percent. Meanwhile, another home goods retailer is setting up display spaces for individual manufacturers, collecting a monthly fee to generate additional revenue. We take a look at some of the unique tactics of physical stores.

 

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 The bicycle industry in Japan is on the move to tap into new demand. At one retailer, an anime character is used in its promotions to target women customers. Meanwhile, an entrepreneurial venture called Cyma, which operates an online bicycle shopping site, has launched a service to deliver fully-built bicycles assembled by safety mechanics direct to customers’ homes, and sales are said to be brisk. We report on what businesses are doing to ride the growing bicycle boom.

 

Program A

Takumi *

 Renewing aging sewage pipes without digging up the ground and halting operations may seem a tall order. But one craftsman has come up with a solution. But is it really possible? The answer is nothing short of revolutionary. We unveil the secrets of a Takumi.

 

Program A

Takumi *

 One cooking pot on the market in Japan is in such high demand that there’s a 15-month waiting list. It has a surprising feature that allows soups and stews to be made without any water. The secret is the airtight construction between the pot itself and the lid. The craftsmen who worked on this product succeeded in reducing the unevenness of the surface to less than a hundredth of a millimeter. The catalyst was the declining fortunes of a workshop run by the Takumi’s father. What was the motivation for creating this now internationally-acclaimed pot? We uncover the exceptional techniques behind this seemingly simple product and the story of its development.

 

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

 Under Abenomics, the Japanese government has put priority on increasing “medical exports”, and medical technologies and equipment are being seen as a potentially huge advantage for Japan in the international market. Amid this, major corporations as well as small workshops are starting to expand globally on the back of innovative technologies and products. For example, “ultra-small scissors” developed by a former cancer patient to surgically remove tumors, and artificial respirators gentle on the lungs of an infant invented by a company president born in Vietnam but living in Japan. We report on the efforts of small workshops that are hoping to save people in Japan and around the world.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

Latest Episode

#30

UP DATE
Tue 21 Oct, 2014

Japanese People’s Favorite Season. Researching Food Freezing Technologies.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 26 Oct, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 1 Nov, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 28 Oct, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 26 Oct, 2014

  ‘In Japan we have four distinct seasons and the cycle is visible in various ways like in the changes in nature and seasonal foods. What season is the most popular among Japanese people? We’ll show you a report on a company that creates weather information that is utilized in all types of different fields.

 The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. Frozen foods are sold for professional use as well as for home use. We will focus on a scientist who developed a revolutionary food freezing technology that preserves the texture and flavor of frozen food.

Program A

CHANNEL JAPAN RANKING

 ’In Japan we have four distinct seasons and the cycle is visible in various ways like in the changes in nature and seasonal foods. What season is the most popular among Japanese people? We’ll show you a report on a company that creates weather information that is utilized in all types of different fields.

Program A

JAPANESE DREAM *

  The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. Frozen foods are sold for professional use as well as for home use. We will focus on a scientist who developed a revolutionary food freezing technology that preserves the texture and flavor of frozen food.

Program A

GACCHIRI MONDAY *

 Gacchiri Monday is a popular economics program on TBS. We will introduce a company who, ever since their founding, has gone against brand-worshipping trends. Now their sales are increasing both domestically and abroad, even though their prices are rather high. We look into the secrets behind their success.

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

ガイアの夜明け

 Across Japan, there are 218 crafts officially designated as traditional industries. But sales have continued to shrink over the years. Amid this, new initiatives are underway. At one department store, products created by young craftsmen are being actively promoted to draw younger people to a market that has long catered to middle-aged and elderly customers. Meanwhile, a group of young craftsmen based in Kyoto has established a joint brand to push into overseas markets such as the United States. We look at the efforts of a new generation of artisans who want to transform the image of traditional industries.

 

 

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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Sponsors

  • bridgestone
  • Kobe Steel, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • omron
  • orix
  • seibu-group
  • skytree
  • Canon
  • JR-EAST
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • SHIMIZU CORPORATION
  • TOYOTA
  • Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd