CATCH JAPAN (Jan. 2024)
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.
Despite being located just about an hour from the center of Osaka, Hannan City remains a rich natural environment. The rain transforms into high-quality underground water, flowing from the mountains through the area and into the sea, blessing agriculture and fisheries. This program introduces a "circular and unique food culture" that efficiently harnesses the region’s blessings.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertain global landscape, there is a growing awareness of the need to strengthen supply chains. The focus is now on creating new trade mechanisms through digitization. This segment introduces the initiatives of individuals working towards more efficient and stable trade transactions, conducting practical experiments to achieve this goal.
The nature of materials plays an important role in the development of industrial products. Today, materials development is not only about quality, but also about how to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing process. Until now, manufacturers have had to rely on intuition and experience through repeated trial and error, but a method called "Materials Informatics"(MI) , which makes full use of AI, has begun to be put into practice. Hitachi High-Tech, which introduced MI, is now able to recommend appropriate mixing ratios to customers. The manufacturer has been able to reduce the time of tests, which has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions and waste.
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.