CNBC Asia: Sun 12 May, 2013
CNBC TV18: Sat 11 May/Sun 12 May, 2013
USTREAM: Tue 14 May, 2013
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 12 May, 2013
A new style of manufacturing is afoot as major manufacturers in saturated industries such as home construction and electronics start to team up with smaller firms and startups. Unique lighting equipment and interior fixtures have been born out of such collaborations, which leverage the specialization and individual strengths of partnering companies. This week, we take a look at the evolving trends in Japanese craftsmanship.
In 2012, Japan received the second biggest number of overseas visitors on record, suggesting that tourism is rebounding from a sharp slowdown following the earthquake and tsunami the previous year. Especially noticeable was the growing number of tourists from emerging countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. We speak with Kazuyoshi Togawa, president of major travel firm KNT-CT Holdings, about his strategy to court visitors from Asia.
In this segment, we introduce various businesses and initiatives that are being launched in Japan. This week, we report on how major manufacturers, with their vast resources but tendency to develop “generic” products, are collaborating with resource-poor startups with big ideas. Learn about the innovative products born from these new partnerships.
In this segment, we interview the top managers of Japan’s leading companies. This week, we hear from Kazuyoshi Togawa, the president of major travel firm KNT-CT Holdings, about his strategy to court visitors from Asia.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
In this segment, we bring you episodes from “WBS”, a popular program produced by TV Tokyo that covers the latest economic and business trends in Japan. This week, we report on a new patent strategy that’s being implemented by a growing number of Japanese companies. Proposed reforms to the patent application system may allow for speedier approval, helping to drive corporate growth. But will patents lead to a revival of Japanese industry?
*The part unavailable on CNBC TV 18.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
We report on new initiatives aimed at transforming farmers from simple manufacturers into business managers. This spring, a new school called the “Japan Institute of Agricultural Management” was opened with the support of 200 food makers and other major corporations to nurture young farmers into agricultural proprietors. Big firms and farming cooperatives are also starting to work closer together to expand sales channels. But will Japanese agriculture be able to turn a new leaf?
Dawn of GAIA
A Scramble for the Asian Utopia
Low-cost, fast-fashion brands are capturing the hearts and wallets of consumers around the world. A major issue for apparel manufacturers is keeping costs low, while also ensuring quality. Amid this, attention has been shifting towards Myanmar, where labor costs are a fifth of that in China. Often referred to as the “Last Frontier of Asia”, Myanmar is at the center of a fierce tug-of-war between fast-fashion brands seeking a new low-cost manufacturing base. We take a look at the battle being waged in the seat of our pants.
*Program B available on CNBC Asia only.