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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: November 26, 2021 (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-TOWN

Wind power in the northern town of Matsumae, Hokkaido is bringing change to the locale. This segment features an initiative to revitalize the town through the development of renewable energy.

Wind power generators in Matsumae Town, Hokkaido
Nunome Kaita, in charge of renewable energy development in Matsumae Town

J-FOOD

“Trehalose,” is a rare carbohydrate found in natural ingredients such as mushrooms. Its most notable characteristic is that it can keep food fresh for a longer period of time, and is expected to contribute in solving global food waste.

Trehalose
Food products kept fresh and longer-lasting with the use of Trehalose

J-TECH

A mountain slope collapsed behind a Japanese shrine with a thousand-year history. However, thanks to reinforcement work done afterwards, the shrine suffered minimal damage from a subsequent typhoon. A unique method in which long bolts were driven into the slope, points are covered with steel plates, and connected the steel plates with wires was utilized. This method is starting to be used worldwide.

Triangular plates used in reinforcement
A reinforced mountain slope

J-ECO

Surrounding Mt. Fuji are forests of natural broadleaf-trees and artificially planted coniferous trees. However, due to cheap imported timber, the manmade coniferous forests are hardly used today. This segment features a project to restore a forest back to an environment teeming with life and biodiversity.

Hitachi High-Tech Science’s Muto Hiroto, member of the forest restoration project
Part of the forest being restored

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.
Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
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.
Exploring the Indigenous Ainu Culture This series will highlight Ainu dance, modern art, crafts, and culture that has made its way overseas, as well as explore the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park that opened in 2020.
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.
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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