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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: February 25, 2022 (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-ARTS

Of the nearly 100 traditional brush makers based in a small town in Hiroshima Prefecture, Hakuhodo is widely known for its makeup brushes, loved by professionals in both Japan and overseas. They offer a range of 2000 different types of brushes, all of which are made with the utmost commitment to quality. This segment takes a look at the world of Japanese luxury makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes
Takamoto Kazuo, Founder of Hakuhodo

J-ECO

More than 10 million types of algae exist in the world, and some types contain an abundant amount of lipids. Recently, many countries are developing the technology to turn such algae into biofuel. Watanabe Makoto is a prominent contributor to the research of algae-based biofuel in Japan. He contends that unlike the oil extracted from deep underground, it has the potential to not increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. This segment features the research being done on algae-based biofuel and the progress of utilizing wastewater in the process.

Watanabe Makoto, Chairperson of the Algae Industry Incubation Consortium
Algae that contains a high amount of lipids

J-NATURE

There are currently 34 national parks throughout Japan. In this segment, we follow Janni Olsson and nature guides as they visit Akan-Mashu National Park in northern Japan and encounter natural phenomena that occur only during wintertime while exploring the culture of the indigenous Ainu peoples.

Reporter Janni Olsson visiting Lake Akan Ainu Village
Janni with a nature guide on a walking tour over frozen Lake Akan

Our Series

Exploring the Lands of the Ainu In this series, we visit areas in Hokkaido with deep connections to the Ainu living there and showcase their prayers, dances, and traditional ceremonies passed down through generations.
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.
J-Entertainment Infotainment show featuring young artists full of talent with their unique sense of “Japan.”
Trailblazers We follow Japan’s trailblazers breaking new ground in various fields and discover the purpose that keeps them moving forward.
ASEAN Now and the Future Ⅲ: Plastics in the Ocean This series is the third set of productionsof the ASEAN Now and the Futureproject.
Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
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.
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