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#12

UP DATE
Tue 12 Jun, 2018

The World’s Thinnest Fiber. / Oden in Hokkaido

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 17 Jun, 2018
METRO TV:Sun 17 Jun, 2018
USTREAM: Tue 19 Jun, 2018
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 17 Jun, 2018

Teijin has developed what’s called the world’s thinnest polyester nanofiber. “Nanofront” is one-7,500th the thinness of a strand of hair. The company is now working on an even thinner fiber.
We head to Sapporo, Hokkaido, to get a taste of genuine oden. From regional oden served at a long-standing restaurant to creative and Italian-style fare, we discover the depth and breadth of this Japanese culinary tradition.

 

 

 

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Nanofront: The World’s Thinnest Fiber

Teijin has developed an ultra-thin fiber called “Nanofront”. It’s said to be the thinnest among fibers commercially produced around the world. A key characteristic is that it’s slip resistant and the material is being used to make products such as duvet covers and gloves for people who’ve lost their fingerprints. It’s also being utilized for dust filters at a cement factory in China. Teijin is now working on even thinner fibers.

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Long-Seller Lab: Nabtesco’s Automatic Doors

Development on the first automatic door in Japan began in 1952. In 1956, Nippon Air Brake, the predecessor of Nabtesco, gave birth to the first domestically-made automatic door. At the time, a single door cost as much as building a house. Now, the company has more than a 50 percent share of the domestic market. The automatic door continues to evolve to this day.

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Long-Seller Lab: Hakata Salt

Hakata Salt is made from salt crystals imported from Mexico and Australia. The material is first melted in seawater to give it “bittern” and then heated in a cauldron at 110 degrees Celsius to boil off the moisture. Later, it’s naturally dried. 44 years have passed since the company first started producing the salt using non-chemical methods. The product is now shipped across Japan and to 30 countries around the world.

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Oden in Hokkaido

This time, we visit oden shops in the Sapporo area of Hokkaido. “Oden Ippei” is a popular shop established in 1960. “Shizuoka Oden Fujinomiya” serves Shizuoka-style oden which has a black-colored broth. “Shin Oden 49” boasts a new style of oden made from ingredients such as camembert and mozzarella cheese. And at “Shiki no Aji Bunjiro”, customers can taste novel ingredients such as “raw tofu skin” and “yukina”.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

Latest Episode

#11

UP DATE
Tue 05 Jun, 2018

A Walk in Ueno / Discovering Food Scenery

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 10 Jun, 2018
METRO TV:Sun 10 Jun, 2018
USTREAM: Tue 12 Jun, 2018
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 10 Jun, 2018

Our own, Makiko Utsuda, heads out to Ueno Park just in time to see cherry blossoms in full bloom
Touring Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, in search of a local specialty, fried noodles, and various dishes cooked with mountain vegetables.

 

 

 

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Ueno

Called the northern gateway of Tokyo, Ueno is a railway hub and bustling with people. This time, we take a walk through Ueno Park, just beside Ueno Station. We see cherry blossoms in full bloom and some interesting exhibits at the National Museum of Nature and Science.

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AI on the Ground

Abeja, an entrepreneurial venture working on artificial intelligence, is taking the lead in introducing AI systems on-site at various businesses. Starting with retailers, the company has quickly expanded its footprint. The systems are now being adopted by the manufacturing industry, transforming the way work is carried out on the ground.

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Long-Seller Lab: Maruman’s Sketchbook

Maruman’s “Zuan Series Sketchbook” was put on the market 60 years ago. It’s a long-selling product, with sales continuing to grow on the back of demand from schools and stationery shops. Underpinning its popularity for so many years are the quality of the paper suited to various materials such as watercolor paints and crayons, and reasonable price.

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Long-Seller Lab: Azuki Bar

Imuraya’s “Azuki Bar” was introduced 44 years ago and is a popular product with sales of 250 million bars annually. It was the idea of the company president at the time who wanted to create a product made from bean paste that could be eaten during the summer. It is now a core product for the company, accounting for 20 percent of total revenue.

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Maniwa Fried Noodles

Okayama Prefecture is known in Japan as a place abounding in foods from both the sea and the mountains. This time, we visit Maniwa on the inland side of the prefecture and discover award-winning fried noodles made with a secret sauce, as well as various dishes made with mountain ingredients.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • TOYOTA
  • Nippon Rent-A-Car Service, Inc.
  • SHIMIZU CORPORATION
  • Toray Industries, Inc.