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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: June 27, 2019 (UTC)


Series Information

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.

J-ART

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.

A dance performance at the TURN FES
Turn-noun, def: “Natural or special ability or aptitude”

J-ECO

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.

A serving of rice on an obento lunch
Keiji Saika, Toyo Rice Corp. President

J-CULTURE

“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.

Volunteers preparing the meals
Children at the Kids’ Diner

J-ADVENTURE

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.
For more runAway adventures, check out: https://www.youtube.com/runawayjapan

Uphill marathon
Dean Newcombe, runAway team leader

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
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.
SPIRIT OF JAPAN 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.
Spirit of Resilience In 2020, the novel coronavirus created a worldwide catastrophe. In Japan, communities are attempting to balance social and economic needs while keeping the virus under control. This series features stories of people who are standing strong amidst difficulties and continuing to explore new paths.
At One with Nature – National Parks of Japan In this series, we’ll visit national parks in Japan to meet the people that call them home, enjoy seasonal views that have inspired artists and writers for centuries, and explore their landmarks.
ASEAN Now and the Future II – Discover New Buena Vista This series involved a new set of partners. It was produced by TV broadcasters in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, with advice from visiting program production experts from NHK International in Japan.
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.
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