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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: September 24, 2020 (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-TECH

Oxygen makes up 21% of the air we breathe. Research is ongoing regarding the efficacies of highly concentrated oxygen generated by a special technique, using oxygen in the air. For the past 40 years, VIGO MEDICAL has been developing a highly concentrated oxygen generator that can be safely used by everyone. This segment features new uses of highly concentrated oxygen that goes beyond the medical field and high altitudes.

Researching the effects of highly concentrated oxygen on the body
Suzuki Gaisei, VIGO MEDICAL CO., LTD., CEO

J-ART

One of Japan’s most highly reputed hotels, beloved by visitors from overseas throughout the years, has been reborn. Here, you can find the heritage of tradition. This segment features the endeavors of hoteliers and artisans to emulate the original space, long regarded as a masterpiece of Japanese modernism. A year after its reopening, program presenter Maxwell Powers visits the hotel to take a look at its current efforts to tackle issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and their vision for the future.

Maxwell Powers interviewing Umehara Shinji, general manager of The Okura Tokyo
The Okura Tokyo’s lobby

J-NATURE

Japan has been receiving attention as one of the top countries people want to visit once the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end. This segment features Daisen-Oki National Park’s Mt. Daisen, filmed in autumn 2019. Together with park rangers, our reporter explores various spots in and around the mountain such as Ogamiyama Shrine, the lush beech forest, and takes a look at people’s efforts to protect the natural landscape in the national park.

Mt. Daisen
Views from Mt. Daisen

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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.
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.
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.
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.
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