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J-TECH

HIRAX AIR: High-Technology Face Shield from Japan

J-STUDY

Bringing Science Closer to Children through the Electron Microscope

J-BIZ

Tokyo’s HATO BUS: New Tourism Ideas Amidst the COVID-19 Situation

J-NATURE

Exploring Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge of Towada-Hachimantai National Park

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HIRAX AIR: High-Technology Face Shield from Japan
Face shields have widely become a standard in the medical field,...
Aired: Oct. 29, 2020
Bringing Science Closer to Children through the Electron Microscope
Hitachi High-Tech is a world-renowned manufacturer of electron m...
Aired: Oct. 29, 2020
Tokyo’s HATO BUS: New Tourism Ideas Amidst the COVID-19 Situation
Hato Bus is one of the leading bus tourism companies in Tokyo. H...
Aired: Oct. 29, 2020
Exploring Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge of Towada-Hachimantai National Park
There are currently 34 national parks in Japan. This segment fea...
Aired: Oct. 29, 2020
Highly-Concentrated Oxygen in Daily Life
Oxygen makes up 21% of the air we breathe. Research is ongoing r...
Aired: Sep. 24, 2020
The Okura Tokyo: Preparing for a Post-Corona World
One of Japan’s most highly reputed hotels, beloved by visitors f...
Aired: Sep. 24, 2020
Climbing Mt. Daisen of Daisen-Oki National Park
Japan has been receiving attention as one of the top countries p...
Aired: Sep. 24, 2020
Tsukiji Market Coping with the Effects of COVID-19
“Now is the time to take on new challenges” says vice chief dire...
Aired: Jul. 30, 2020
Harmonica Yokocho Back Street Alley in Tokyo
The second installment of J-Street featuring “Yokocho,” or stree...
Aired: Jul. 30, 2020
An Introduction to the National Parks of Japan
Japan has 34 national parks throughout the nation. They are char...
Aired: Jul. 30, 2020
Helping out people stranded in Tokyo due to COVID-19
Due to the coronavirus crisis, many foreign nationals have been ...
Aired: Jun. 25, 2020
The GUD Sheet: Copper Fiber Mask Technology Against COVID-19
GUDi, a venture company based in Gunma University, developed a c...
Aired: Jun. 25, 2020
Interviews with residents in Japan’s “Brazil Town” about the COVID-19 situation (Jun. 2020)
Oizumi is the smallest town in Gunma Prefecture. Many major comp...
Aired: Jun. 25, 2020
Reenergizing Tourism in Osaka for the Post COVID-19 World
Featured on CATCH JAPAN one year ago, the Osaka Wonder Loop Bus ...
Aired: Jun. 25, 2020
Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho: Coping with the COVID-19 situation
“Nonbei Yokocho,” is an area where about 40 cozy eateries and wa...
Aired: May. 28, 2020
Interviews with foreign nationals in Tokyo about the COVID-19 situation (May 2020)
This segment features the voices of foreign residents in Tokyo a...
Aired: May. 28, 2020
A Kids’ Diner Making a Difference: Coping with the COVID-19 situation
This segment features the changes caused by the COVID-19 situati...
Aired: May. 28, 2020
Interviews with foreign nationals in Tokyo about the COVID-19 situation (Apr. 2020)
This segment features real voices from foreign nationals living ...
Aired: Apr. 23, 2020
SOMPO: Diversifying Insurance Business
Insurance companies are best known for car and fire coverage, bu...
Aired: Apr. 23, 2020
Kumamoto City: The Land of Water
Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto City is undergoing reconstruction wo...
Aired: Apr. 23, 2020
Nekka Rice Shochu: A Fukushima Spirit
Nekka Shochu is a distilled spirit manufactured in the town of T...
Aired: Mar. 26, 2020
Takanawa Gateway Station: Building a New International City in Tokyo
In March 2020, a brand-new train station debuted in Tokyo – the ...
Aired: Mar. 26, 2020
Washoku World Challenge 2019 Finals
The Washoku World Challenge is a culinary competition for non-Ja...
Aired: Mar. 26, 2020
runAway: Ending Our Adventure in the Oki Islands
After 50 days of travel through Japan covering over 1,800km, the...
Aired: Mar. 26, 2020
Anpokaki Dried Persimmons: A Winter Specialty from Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Anpokaki is dried persimmon fruit characterized by its natural s...
Aired: Feb. 27, 2020
Nurturing Leading Artisans
Furniture company Akiyama Mokko is well-known in the industry fo...
Aired: Feb. 27, 2020
Ho-Me-I-Ku Method: Compliments for a Productive and Happy Workplace
Kunio Hara, president of the Ho-Me-I-Ku Foundation, is the man b...
Aired: Feb. 27, 2020
runAway: Exploring the Mystical Mt. Mitoku
The runAway team head for Mount Mitoku. It’s located just outsid...
Aired: Feb. 27, 2020
The Story of Shibuya’s Drunk Alley: Nonbei Yokocho
As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach, Tokyo has been undergoing r...
Aired: Jan. 30, 2020
Highlights of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Ibaraki Prefecture is about 2 hours away from Narita Airport by ...
Aired: Jan. 30, 2020
2019 Blue Planet Prize Winner Prof. Jared Diamond
Established by the Asahi Glass Foundation, the Blue Planet Prize...
Aired: Jan. 30, 2020
Washoku World Challenge in Spain: Young Chefs and Japanese Cuisine
The Washoku World Challenge is a culinary competition for non-Ja...
Aired: Jan. 30, 2020
runAway: Adventures at Tottori Sand Dunes
After a harrowing 200km cycle ride from Kyoto to Tottori Prefect...
Aired: Jan. 30, 2020
Sanpo Yoshi: Japan’s Triple-Win Philosophy
Iwase Cosfa is a specialized trading company with a nearly 90-ye...
Aired: Dec. 26, 2019
Sanpo Yoshi: Japan’s Triple-Win Philosophy to the World
Iwase Cosfa is currently eyeing further global expansion, partic...
Aired: Dec. 26, 2019
2019 Blue Planet Prize Winner Prof. Eric Lambin
Established by the Asahi Glass Foundation, the Blue Planet Prize...
Aired: Dec. 26, 2019
runAway: Into the Heart of Kyoto
The team are in Kyoto, once Japan’s capital, and one of the best...
Aired: Dec. 26, 2019
A Winning Formula of Revitalization
While many foreign visitors are discovering the appeal of the Ja...
Aired: Nov. 28, 2019
A Garden of “Omotenashi” Hospitality
Hotel Niwa Tokyo is located in the heart of the city, but is kno...
Aired: Nov. 28, 2019
Japan’s Research Edge
NTT, Japan’s largest telecommunications company, develops cuttin...
Aired: Nov. 28, 2019
runAway: Exploring Todaiji Temple
Dean and his team have made it to Nara Pref. in western Japan.&n...
Aired: Nov. 28, 2019
Achieving the Pinnacle of Technology
Longstanding manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. has la...
Aired: Oct. 24, 2019
Japan’s Scallops Taking On the World
A qualifying round of the 7th Washoku World Challenge culinary c...
Aired: Oct. 24, 2019
Passing Down High Technological Skills
Hitachi High-Technologies manufactures cutting-edge equipment su...
Aired: Oct. 24, 2019
runAway: Sacred Pilgrimage Deep Into Nature
In one of runAway’s greatest adventures to date, Dean Newcombe a...
Aired: Oct. 24, 2019
Tokyo 2020 -Appetizing Hospitality-
The Host Town House visitors’ facility will be launched in Tokyo...
Aired: Sep. 26, 2019
The Roots of Beautiful Eyelashes
In Japan, the eyes are considered to be the most important area ...
Aired: Sep. 26, 2019
Heritage of Tradition and Rebirth
One of Japan’s most highly reputed hotels, beloved by visitors f...
Aired: Sep. 26, 2019
runAway: Hiking Ancient Trails
This month, the runAway team are stepping back into ancient Japa...
Aired: Sep. 26, 2019
The Himeji “White” Tour
Himeji Castle, also known as the White Heron Castle, is the symb...
Aired: Aug. 29, 2019
IT Rugby
In 2015, Japan’s national rugby team achieved a historic victory...
Aired: Aug. 29, 2019
Peachy Fukushima
There is a straight road in Fukushima Pref. called the Peach Lin...
Aired: Aug. 29, 2019
runAway: Kayak Adventures in Mie
It’s time for the runAway team to take to the seas! They’re trav...
Aired: Aug. 29, 2019
Japan Trip Navigator
The number of visitors to Japan reached 30 million in 2018. Soci...
Aired: Jul. 25, 2019
Wearable Robot for Work
In February 2019, a wearable robot was introduced at Narita and ...
Aired: Jul. 25, 2019
Into the World of Japanese Cuisine and Knives
Jon Klip from Toronto, Canada is training as a Washoku or Japane...
Aired: Jul. 25, 2019
runAway: Flavours from the Sea
The runAway team find themselves back beside the sea. As they fo...
Aired: Jul. 25, 2019
Social Inclusivity and Art
With one year to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic...
Aired: Jun. 27, 2019
Japanese Rice for Sustainability
In Japan, various rice-related industries are cooperating toward...
Aired: Jun. 27, 2019
A Kids’ Diner Making a Difference
“The Kids’ Diner” is a Japanese film released in spring of 2019,...
Aired: Jun. 27, 2019
runAway: Running to Shizuoka’s Hidden Valley
This month, the runAway team are heading deep into the mountains...
Aired: Jul. 27, 2019
The Osaka Wonder Loop
The city of Osaka in western Japan now has the highest growth ra...
Aired: May. 30, 2019
Designing Top Performance
The Ninja H2R motorcycle launched in 2016 by Kawasaki has record...
Aired: May. 30, 2019
Weaving Connections Through Art
TURN is a socially inclusive art project lead by Katsuhiko Hibin...
Aired: May. 30, 2019
runAway: Cycling Nature-rich Izu
The runAway team are back! After conquering Mt. Fuji, they now h...
Aired: May. 30, 2019
What is EGING?
“Egi” is a traditional lure to catch squid and squid-fishing. Us...
Aired: Apr. 25, 2019
Creative Washoku
Shimo-kitazawa is a vibrant hub of Tokyo culture and trends. A r...
Aired: Apr. 25, 2019
Paper Made of Stone
Increased awareness towards the use of plastic are beginning to ...
Aired: Apr. 25, 2019
runAway: Conquering Japan’s Highest Peak
Mt. Fuji is an icon of Japan. Situated on the border of Yamanash...
Aired: Apr. 25, 2019
Fusion of Food Culture
The KIKKOMAN LIVE KITCHEN TOKYO in Ginza, the heart of Tokyo, op...
Aired: Feb. 28, 2019
Behind the Transparency of Acrylic Panels
Acrylic sheet manufacturer Shinshi plays a significant role in t...
Aired: Feb. 28, 2019
Clean Water for All
Motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor has developed a water purif...
Aired: Feb. 28, 2019
Collecting the Charms of Shizuoka
“Host Towns” are cities and municipalities all over Japan that w...
Aired: Feb. 28, 2019

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