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#21

UP DATE
Tue 19 Aug, 2014

Hospitality from the Airport. A Taste-Quantifying Technology.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 24 Aug, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 30 Aug, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 26 Aug, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 24 Aug, 2014

 Haneda Airport is now one of the two sky gateways of Japan. Linking it to central Tokyo is railway company, Keikyu Corporation. As the number of foreign tourists grows, they have been expanding services to help passengers find and reach destinations across Japan. At the Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, multilingual staff are on hand to handle inquiries from travelers around the world and offer a distinctly Japanese style of hospitality. At the same time, the company faces looming questions about the future as the population shrinks in the domestic market. President Kazuyuki Harada speaks with us about their current strategy.

 A Takumi has overturned the notion that “taste can’t be objectively measured” by developing the world’s first “taste-quantifying” device. His invention incorporates a sensor and was based on in-depth research of the functions of the human tongue. We follow him on his journey to standardize the sensation of taste.

Program A

EXECUTIVE INSIGHT *

  Keikyu Corporation is a railway operator that offers a wide range of services. In addition to free wi-fi access and travel information booths for foreign tourists, they have been gaining fans across Japan for a so-called “Tuna Ticket”, which comes with a free tuna course and other attractions on the Miura Peninsula. Company president Kazuyuki Harada talks about their new hospitality strategy.

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 Amid population declines nationwide, one village is succeeding in sparking a baby boom. The local government has built an apartment complex specifically geared toward young families with children. In addition to low rent, they also subsidize nurseries and school meals, and provide free medical care until high school. The budget for this ambitious project is said to have been secured by reducing the number of public employees. We report on the new matchmaking, marriage, and maternity strategies taking shape across Japan.

 

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 A ranch in Gunma Prefecture is raided every night by deer that ravage the grass. Their population has swelled by nine times compared to 20 years ago and the cause is said to be linked to global warming. What’s more, scientists are forecasting that the habitat of tropical and subtropical mosquitoes will expand into Japan by the end of the century. Amid this, research is being carried out to develop products such as stronger insect repellant and heat-resistant rice plants. How will the increasingly subtropical climate affect the country? We take a look at how businesses are adapting to rising temperatures.

 

Program A

Takumi *

 A newly-developed technology is overturning the notion that taste can’t be measured. The key is six sensors. When sour or bitter substances are placed on a special film, a device detects the changes in electrical potential, making it possible to measure the variety of tastes around the world with a single yardstick. We follow an engineer on his quest to standardize taste.

 

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

 The earthquake and tsunami in 2011 left scores of people stranded. Unable to escape, many wheelchair users were swept away by the massive waves. Affected by that tragedy, craftsmen in various industries are working on revolutionary products to save as many lives as possible in the event of a disaster. One of those is Japan’s first rescue airboat. Propelled by wind and not by an underwater screw, it can maneuver through debris-filled waters to reach people in need. Another is an attachment for wheelchairs that allows them to be pulled like rickshaws with significantly less force. We follow engineers on a mission to save lives.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

Latest Episode

#20

UP DATE
Tue 12 Aug, 2014

Developing New Games to Increase Sales. Helping People Suffering from Sleeping Disorders.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 17 Aug, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 23 Aug, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 19 Aug, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 17 Aug, 2014

 The way people play games are changing with the spread of internet use. What kind of the devices are used among people who play video games? The increase in smartphone users has helped the growth of the game market. We will take a look at a game company that is developing new types of games to increase their sales.

 The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. Narcolepsy is a sleeping disorder that causes sudden sleep attacks and excessive sleepiness regardless of time or place. We will introduce a researcher who is trying to help people with this disease.

Program A

CHANNEL JAPAN RANKING

 Although the way people play games are changing with the spread of internet use, what kind of the devices are used among people who play video games? The increase in smartphone users has helped the growth of the game market. We will take a look at a game company that is developing new types of games to increase their sales.

Program A

JAPANESE DREAM *

  The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. Narcolepsy is a sleeping disorder that causes sudden sleep attacks and excessive sleepiness regardless of time or place. We will introduce a researcher who is trying to help people with this disease.

Program A

GACCHIRI MONDAY *

  Gacchiri Monday is a popular economics program on TBS. This week, we will focus on ‘Multiple Trade Businesses,’ or companies that not only succeeded in their original business, but also succeeded in taking on completely different fields. We will introduce strategies for companies to survive as times change.

 

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

 Japanese food is gaining fans around the world, with over 50,000 so-called Japanese restaurants internationally. That number has doubled in the past three years, but it’s said 80 to 90 percent are operated by non-Japanese. Hoping to deepen appreciation of genuine Japanese food, Tohru Okuda of Michelin three-star restaurant Kojyu has decided to branch out into Paris. We follow him as he sets out from Ginza across the sea.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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Sponsors

  • bridgestone
  • Kobe Steel, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • omron
  • Panasonic
  • skytree
  • Canon
  • JR-EAST
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • SMBC
  • TOYOTA
  • Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd