Season 4 "Safety and Security"
Aired: January 22, 2016
Episode #01: Tokyo Metro
This show features the new faces of Tokyo, where many professionals gather creating the Tokyo culture with their passion and technology.
Not only is Tokyo’s subway system one of the largest in the world—with a daily ridership of 9.35 million people—it is also one of the cleanest and most punctual. In this episode, we will be following a station staff member, Kazutaka Dobashi, as he goes about his daily duties. As an employee of Tokyo Metro, one of Tokyo’s biggest subway operators, Dobashi is responsible for keeping crowds under control during rush hour, responding quickly to emergencies, and taking inventory of lost items. The passengers who pass through the station he works at include locals as well as foreign tourists. Sometimes, they will come to Dobashi for assistance, and he takes his time to properly deal with every inquiry, either in Japanese or in English. In this way, Dobashi helps ensure that every day ends without incident, and that passengers continue to recognize Tokyo’s subway system as one of the safest and most convenient ways to get around the city.
In this segment, we will explore the Oizumi-gakuen district in northwest Tokyo. It is a residential area that is also home to a dairy farm, vegetable fields, as well as vegetable stands—elements that give this area a pastoral vibe that is worlds apart from the bustle and hustle of central Tokyo. The people here are more relaxed, and some of them can be found on their days off growing vegetables in plot-share farms. Oizumi-gakuen is a place where the urban and the rural combine in interesting ways.
TOKYO HOT TOPICS
At the start of every year, the Tokyo Fire Department organizes a major event known as Dezomeshiki. In the event held in January, the Tokyo Fire Department introduced audiences to its new Air Hyper Rescue Unit, while other units performed disaster response demonstrations. There was also hashigo-nori, a tradition that goes back over 350 years, in which firefighters perform acrobatics on top of ladders. Although the event is designed to entertain, it is also informative of the types of activities that Tokyo’s firefighters conduct everyday to keep the city safe.
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.
This series features various aspects of Japan's culture, tradition and technological innovation, casting a spotlight on Japanese ingenuity and uniqueness demonstrated in a wide range of fields.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?