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.
It’s been almost a year since the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis begun. A new strain of the virus has been discovered, posing a further threat for some time to come. This segment looks back through the past year, featuring efforts being made amidst the crisis and interviews with foreign nationals in Japan on how life has been amidst the corona age.
In 2020, amidst the worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19, a video message of support arrived from New Zealand to Atsugi City, its host town for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. As a token of gratitude, the people of Atsugi sent a video singing a song widely loved in New Zealand. This segment features how a relay song was made as the exchange of support gradually spread among other New Zealand host towns in Japan.
Semiconductors are essential in supporting today’s digital society as it increasingly applies technologies such as IoT, AI, and 5G. Tokyo Electron Ltd. is a manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment, a collection of core technology with micron-level accuracy. The company started as a specialized trading company in 1963 and has grown to be Japan’s top and the world’s 3rd biggest manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment. This segment takes a look at the reason behind its evolution, and the company’s future possibilities.
Chinese Channel Japan is an online media site that promotes the charms and appeal of Japan’s food, culture, and more to an audience of over 15 billion in Greater China. Its website receives over 7 million views monthly. This winter, Chinese Channel Japan covered five different sake breweries to promote a project to export Hokkaido-made sake. This segment documents Tamaki Rie, Chinese Channel Japan’s president as she follows the coverage in Sapporo.
*Available in English original broadcast version, and Chinese/Korean/French/Japanese-subtitled versions.