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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.