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#22

UP DATE
Tue 26 Aug, 2014

Businesses with Innovative Strategies. New Technologies to Reduce Noise Pollution.

AIRTIMES

CNBC Asia: Sun 31 Aug, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 6 Sep, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 2 Sep, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 31 Aug, 2014

 Lately in Japan, there is a trend where izakayas, or Japanese-style bars, focus on a theme to generate word-of-mouth publicity and interest from their customers with the goal of attracting more regulars. What kind of izakayas are becoming popular dating spots? What are their strategies?

 The popular TBS-produced documentary ‘Japanese Dream’ focuses on people from all walks of life who are following their dreams. It is said that certain noises not only affects hearing, but can also trigger illnesses. We will introduce a new technology that reduces noise pollution which has been under development for the past 30 years.

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CHANNEL JAPAN RANKING *

 Lately in Japan, there is a trend where izakayas, or Japanese-style bars, focus on a theme to generate word-of-mouth publicity and interest from their customers with the goal of attracting more regulars. What kind of izakayas are becoming popular dating spots? What are their strategies?

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 certain noises not only affects hearing, but can also trigger illnesses. We will introduce a new technology that reduces noise pollution which has been under development for the past 30 years.

Program A

GACCHIRI MONDAY

  Gacchiri Monday is a popular economics program on TBS. Across Japan, there are local transportation companies whose revenues are soaring even though they are small-scale systems. This week, we will focus on the popularity of public transportation systems that are loved by local residents.

 

Program B

Dawn of GAIA *

 Companies across industries are testing out new human resource strategies. While the employment rate for university students has been improving over the past several years, the situation remains unstable for part-timers and contract workers, who comprise 20 percent of the country’s entire labor force. What’s more, full-time employees are said to be increasingly inward-looking and reluctant to go overseas, preferring security and the “status quo” rather than “new challenges”. Amid this, some companies are beginning to seek out new ways to encourage their workers to reach their true potential. We take a look at the latest trends in the job market in Japan.

 * Available only on CNBC Asia.

 

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#21

UP DATE
Tue 19 Aug, 2014

Hospitality from the Airport. A Taste-Quantifying Technology.

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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.

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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.

 

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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