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.
The “Sado Island Gold Mines”, off the coast of Niigata, were central to Japanese gold production, serving as a major source of funding for the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867), and producing about 10% of the entire world’s mined gold in the first half of the 17th century. Explore the vast history of Sado Island through the eyes of 88-year-old Sado resident Dakurige Hiroshi and find out how important the most productive mines in Japanese history were to the nation.
Kansai International Airport is the international gateway to western Japan, located in Izumisano City, Osaka. In this segment, we showcase the latest entertainment spots for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences near the airport; whether they are visiting Osaka or Kyoto for sightseeing, or just in transit with limited time between flights. We simulate a short, easy, half-day trip in the “Rinku Town area" of Izumisano City.
Higashi-Osaka City is one of Japan's leading "manufacturing cities." It is home to many technology companies involved in the creation of a wide range of products, from everyday necessities to essential parts for state-of-the-art aircraft and trains. With the fifth-largest number of manufacturing businesses in the country and #1 in terms of density, the city is characterized by facilitating collaboration between related businesses in order to undertake challenging projects that would be difficult for the company receiving the order to complete alone. This segment highlights the technical capabilities and attractiveness of the companies of Higashi-Osaka City.
COVID-related lifestyle changes have led to a rise in health concerns. “Terminalia bellirica,” a plant rich in polyphenols that effectively manages blood sugar and neutral fat levels has recently become a focus of interest. Multiple companies are developing products in the hopes of harnessing its potential. This segment features one of the latest health trends.