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Aired: July 25, 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.


The number of visitors to Japan reached 30 million in 2018. Social media and smartphone applications are becoming their main source of travel information. One of Japan’s major travel agencies has developed a free app that provides guides to travel the country. This segment features new ways of enjoying travel through the eyes of tourists.


In February 2019, a wearable robot was introduced at Narita and Haneda airports. It’s a powered wear that detects motion and provides power assistance to workers during the loading and unloading of cargo and was developed by a venture firm with 27 employees. This segment documents the efforts to enhance its comfort and weight, with the aim to reduce the physical burden on employees at worksites.


Jon Klip from Toronto, Canada is training as a Washoku or Japanese cuisine chef in a time-honored restaurant in Kyoto. He came to pursue this career after his encounter with Wabocho or Japanese knives. This segment spotlights the charm and appeal of Japanese knives, which draw out the natural taste of ingredients, and of Japanese cuisine.


The runAway team find themselves back beside the sea. As they follow the coastline through Shizuoka and into Aichi Prefecture, they take the opportunity to try some local delicacies - Unagi eel from Hamanako Lake, one of the top producing regions in all Japan, and Octopus from the seafood paradise of Morozaki.
For more runAway adventures, check out: https://www.youtube.com/runawayjapan


Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

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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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