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Discover the extraordinary role that Japan plays in driving innovation and improving lives in cities and societies around the world. Join us as we meet the inventors and inspirational figures at the heart of these stories of progress in technology, sustainability, inclusivity and establishing global benchmarks.

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How rice husks could help the world:

We look at a new technology called Triporous – a porous carbon material made from rice husks – and discuss the various global issues it could help to solve. These range from the disposal of biomass waste to purifying water in developing countries.

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727 Aug 2020
11 min

How rice husks could help the world: 

We look at a new technology called Triporous – a porous carbon material made from rice husks – and discuss the various global issues it could help to solve. These range from the disposal of biomass waste to purifying water in developing countries.

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620 Aug 2020
15 min

The friendly face of robotics: 

Robots are well established in industrial settings but could they ever successfully work alongside humans in the service industry? We find out how they are being adapted in Japan for use across all sectors, from coffee shops to disaster relief.

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513 Aug 2020
12 min

Navigating our oceans’ plastics crisis: 

As the issue of plastic pollution in the seas climbs the agenda, we meet Dr Sanae Chiba from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology to find out about the country’s efforts to clean up its oceans, and how Japan’s research into microplastics could help other nations around the world.

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46 Aug 2020
13 min

Buckling down to create a sustainable future: 

We visit the city of Kiryu to find innovative new models for sustainable fashion businesses, which are using a combination of locally sourced materials and labour, technology and traditional techniques. We also discover how, when it comes to eco-friendly clothing manufacturing, Japan’s fashion history continues to inspire contemporary designers.

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330 Jul 2020
14 min

Re-energising local ecology and economy: 

We visit Toyooka City, where organic farming has boosted biodiversity and enticed back its emblematic bird – and the return of the oriental stork has attracted more visitors. We also visit Yonago City to learn how generating energy locally is as good for the economy as it is for the environment.

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214 Jan 2020
18 min

Taking strides to empower women: 

We head to Nagai City and Dar es Salaam to find out how Japan is encouraging equality in sport through Ladies First, which helps female Tanzanian athletes achieve their potential.

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123 Nov 2019

Talking to the world: 

We visit Tokyo to find out how Japan is driving innovation for inclusive societies. We meet the minds behind two technologies, ‘LiveTalk’ and ‘Nin_Nin’, which are helping people become better connected, whether it's by creating conversation between those who speak different languages or giving disabled people the independence to navigate cities.

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021 Nov 2019
1 min

In Focus: 

Introducing our brand-new programme exploring Japan’s role in driving innovation and improving lives worldwide, through technology, sport and cultural exchange. We meet inventors, athletes and communities looking forward to a more inclusive future.

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