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#25

UP DATE
Tue 16 Sep, 2014

Driving toward Diversification. Purikura’s Pretty Evolution.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 21 Sep, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 27 Sep, 2014
USTREAM: Wed 24 Sep, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 21 Sep, 2014

 Orix is now a multinational corporation. Originally focusing on leasing services, it has diversified into a wide range of fields, including hotels and facilities such as an aquarium. What’s their secret to overcoming drastic changes in the global economy while remaining firmly in the black? Senior Chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi reveals his strategy.

 Purikura, or picture sticker printing booths, is continuing to evolve. Among the younger set, it has become a popular form of entertainment. And with advancements in technology, pictures can now be “tweaked” to make users look “kawaii (cute)”. We report on the evolution of Japan’s version of selfies.

Program A

EXECUTIVE INSIGHT *

  Beside the Tokyo Skytree lies the Sumida Aquarium, a popular facility packed with people on weekdays and weekends. It is being operated by Orix, which is better known for its leasing services. The company is involved in a variety of businesses and has recently been focusing on solar power generation. While seemingly unconnected, they are all part of a larger expansion and diversification strategy. Senior Chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi explains.

Program A

PROJECT JAPAN *

  Purikura, or picture sticker printing booths, is a staple of amusement facilities. First introduced in 1995, the machines have continued to evolve over the past two decades. Pictures can be “tweaked” to make users look younger or their eyes bigger. And now, the latest device will even print out a figurine in your likeness. We take a look at the next generation of purikura.

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 Amid a shortage of bus, taxi and delivery truck drivers, new initiatives are being introduced to more actively recruit homemakers. One delivery company has created a system to hand off packages to homemakers, who make sure the parcels reach customers within a two kilometer radius of their homes. Meanwhile, a railway operator has started a program to enlist more women drivers. We report on how businesses are tapping into homemakers to ride out the labor crunch.

 

Program A

WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE

 There are now moves across Japan to reduce national medical care costs by encouraging people to walk properly. One school that offers walking lessons is seeing skyrocketing demand, forcing it to turn away new applicants. Meanwhile, a research lab at Ochanomizu University has developed shoe-type sensors to measure pressure on the soles of the feet to define the best walking form for people in various age groups. We report on a new trend of walking properly for health.

 

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

 Tokyo hosts numerous so-called “antenna shops” set up by regional governments to promote local specialties, but most only carry “famous” products. Towns and villages nationwide still have plenty of hidden attractions. We report on new initiatives to unearth this buried treasure.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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#24

UP DATE
Tue 09 Sep, 2014

A Popular Japanese Low-Cost Airline Carrier. Researching New Ways to Predict Earthquakes.

放送日時

CNBC Asia:2014年9月14日(日)
METRO TV:2014年9月20日(土)
USTREAM:2014年9月16日(火)
日経CNBC:2014年9月14日(日)

 There are 147 LCC airline companies worldwide. As for Japan, Narita airport is adding a new LCC exclusive terminal that will be completed in 2015. Which LCC has the highest number of passengers? And what strategies do LCCs use to increase their presence in the market?

 The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. It is said that earthquakes are still very difficult to predict. We will introduce a scientist who is taking on this difficult challenge of earthquake prediction by detecting changes in the bottom of the sea, several thousands meters deep.

Program A

CHANNEL JAPAN RANKING

 There are 147 LCC airline companies worldwide. As for Japan, Narita airport is adding a new LCC exclusive terminal that will be completed in 2015. Which LCC has the highest number of passengers? And what strategies do LCCs use to increase their presence in the market?

Program A

JAPANESE DREAM *

  The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. It is said that earthquakes are still very difficult to predict. We will introduce a scientist who is taking on this difficult challenge of earthquake prediction by detecting changes in the bottom of the sea, several thousands meters deep.

Program A

GACCHIRI MONDAY *

 Gacchiri Monday is a popular economics program on TBS, and this episode focuses on “Stores for Professional Use.” Retailers and cooks go to the Tsukiji Fish Market to buy their supplies, but many general customers buy seafood there as well. We will introduce other “shops for professionals” for various different industries.

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

ガイアの夜明け

 The restaurant industry in Japan is struggling to find both full-time and part-time workers. The average pay for part-timers is continuing to rise, and still applicants are few and far between. Amid this, some companies are starting to implement their own, unconventional store operation methods. One ramen noodle chain is working on the development of cooking equipment that can reduce headcount in the kitchen. Meanwhile, a high-end steak chain worried that the labor crunch will put a wrench in their expansion plans has introduced an entirely new store format. In this report, we take a look at surprisingly efficient systems and unique strategies that restaurants are employing to overcome the worker shortage.

 

 

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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  • 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