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Aired: June 27, 2019 (UTC)

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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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Catch Japan 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.
Washoku World Challenge The series will follow the regional qualifying tournaments and the final tournament of the sixth “Washoku World Challenge,” a cooking contest in which non-Japanese Washoku chefs from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Japan will pit their skills against one another, as they strive in earnest to inherit, pass on and cultivate their Washoku cooking skills.
A documentary series that features remarkable industries in Japan. The program introduces the history and wisdom behind Japan’s technological strength and specialties, which are helping to revitalize regional areas of the country.
The Next 100 Years Iconic Japanese company Panasonic is celebrating 100 years in business.What is this leading Japanese enterprise doing to ensure the company thrives for the next 100 years? One key strategy is to take a fresh look at the potential of the people who form the backbone of the company and another key challenge is to create new value.
Future Highway Express As globalization rapidly accelerates, truck logistics routes that connect various countries are playing a key role in supporting each national economy. These are the Future Highways that are creating the path into the future. Seen through the eyes of the truck drivers, this two-part series program depicts the landscapes and places of interest in each region.
ASEAN Now and the Future -Connectivity and Economic Corridors- 2017 is ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. This series was produced as a joint project to commemorate the anniversary with the TV stations of four ASEAN countries,Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – by examining their cooperative relations with Japan and the impact of the East-West and Southern Economic Corridors on the economies and ways of life of the Indochina Peninsula.
The Road to Recovery The coastal areas of Japan’s Tohoku Region suffered unprecedented damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake.This series shines a spotlight on the efforts of people from Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture, who are now working hard toward achieving “Recovery of Industry,” “Recovery of Tourism” and “Food Safety & Peace of Mind.” What are the underpinnings of their ongoing hope?
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