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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: October 29, 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

Face shields have widely become a standard in the medical field, and they’ve been gathering attention from the fashion industry as well. This segment features the technology behind Hiraoka Industry’s face shield, which combines antiviral properties and transparency with a sleek design.

Face shield developed by Hiraoka Industry
Hiraoka Ryosuke, man behind the development of the HIRAX AIR face shield

J-STUDY

Hitachi High-Tech is a world-renowned manufacturer of electron microscopes. In aims to boost children’s interest towards science, the company has been providing ad-hoc science lessons with the use of electron microscopes at schools all over the world. This segment features one of their electron microscope lesson events held in a totally new style: remotely, via the internet.

Hama Atsushi of Hitachi High-Tech coordinating the event
During the remote lesson event using an electron microscope

J-BIZ

HATO BUS is one of the leading bus tourism companies in Tokyo. However, they are going through a 98% decrease in year-on-year earnings due to the coronavirus crisis. Amidst such a situation, the company launched a special tour package utilizing their buses that are currently out of commission. The tour is one that could only be imagined under the current situation; a gigantic maze comprising of 3.8m-tall buses, a bus-ventilation experience, and a visit to a new attraction in the Tokyo Bay Area. This segment features new strategies in the tourism industry during the corona era.

Ishikawa Yusei, Chief of Public Affairs of HATO BUS
A HATO bus driving near Tokyo Station

J-NATURE

There are currently 34 national parks in Japan. This segment features the Towada-Hachimantai National Park in the northern part of the country. Our reporter, along with park rangers and nature guides, explore the park’s landscapes and the geological history of the moss-rich Oirase Gorge, as well as Japan’s one and only double-caldera lake, Lake Towada.

Travel Journalist Said Karlsson in Oirase Gorge
A geological formation called the Ropposeki on Lake Towada

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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.
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SPIRIT OF 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 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.
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