CNBC Asia: Sun 19 Oct, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 25 Oct, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 21 Oct, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 19 Oct, 2014
Shimizu Corporation boasts a history of 200 years and is one of five so-called “Super General Contractors”, responsible for constructing and renovating iconic structures in Japan, including the Yoyogi National Stadium, which was the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics 50 years ago, and the Kabuki-za theater. How has the company managed to wither the changes in the industry over the past two centuries? President Yoichi Miyamoto explains.
Glare from the sun can make it difficult to see the color of traffic signals. This time, we introduce a craftsman who developed an innovative product to combat this potentially life-threatening phenomenon. The technology behind it requires controlling various forms of light. The takumi shows us how he came up with this revolutionary traffic signal.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
Crowdfunding is on the rise in Japan. Last year, Akinori Takahagi set up a company to develop a product called “Moff Band”, which is worn on the wrist and generates various sounds based on movement. To mass produce this toy, he tapped into Kickstarter, one of the world’s biggest pre-purchase type crowdfunding site, and secured commitments of nearly 80,000 dollars from supporters. We report on a new financing channel for the country’s budding entrepreneurs.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
While the number of prospective nurses in Japan grows, the nursing care industry is struggling to attract recruits. Takuya Baba, a manager at one senior citizens home, left a successful career in the apparel industry to make nursing care a more attractive profession. Meanwhile, a French-born nursing care technique is also generating interest as a way to reduce the physical burden on workers. We report on the latest initiatives in the nursing care industry to overcome the labor crunch.
Glare from the sun can make it difficult to see the color of traffic signals, posing a danger to drivers and pedestrians. The phenomenon occurs because sunlight bounces off the inside of a traffic lamp. To prevent this, it’s necessary to ensure that sunlight isn’t reflected and only the light of the signal shines out. We put the spotlight on a craftsman who solved this paradox.
Dawn of GAIA *
A slew of new structures was built across Japan during the so-called economic boom period. But with the passage of time, their utility and value have eroded. For example, the many apartment complexes constructed to house working families and the massive telephone exchange offices of NTT. There are now moves to draw out new value from these old buildings. We take a look at businesses turning the “outdated” into the “contemporary”.
* Available only on CNBC Asia.