Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.
With one year to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, this segment features a leading project in the cultural program of the Paralympics called TURN. Lead by the Arts Council Tokyo and Katsuhiko Hibino, an artist and professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts, the project seeks to create new forms of expression through interaction between artists and people with disabilities.
In Japan, various rice-related industries are cooperating toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs set by the United Nations. Toyo Rice Corporation plays a central role. This segment introduces the milling technology and fertilizer they developed and its potential contribution to a more sustainable society.
“The Kids’ Diner” is a Japanese film released in spring of 2019, depicting children who don’t have access to sufficient meals despite living in Japan’s seemingly opulent society. The screenplay was based on an actual facility located in Tokyo. Run by Hiroko Kondo, the facility provides children with hot meals at low cost. With fresh ideas and determination, Kondo works to rebuild a lost connection within society.
This month, the runAway team are heading deep into the mountains of Shizuoka in search of a hidden valley called Sumatakyo. They start their journey at Mount Kuno, the location of Toshogu Shrine. Megan then joins Dean for a grueling uphill marathon off the beaten track and into the lesser known region of Kawanehoncho. A 2-day struggle is rewarded with reaching the valley, also famous for its heart-stopping suspension bridges.
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*Available in English original broadcast version, and Chinese/Korean/French/Japanese-subtitled versions.