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TOYOTA’s Drive to the Top


トヨタ 世界一への条件 ~グローバル企業の苦闘~ [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 2007

The day is fast approaching when Japan's first automaker will become the world's largest. The company is TOYOTA, which now produces nine million cars a year. Over the next two years, TOYOTA plans to further extend its global reach, building new plants in China, Thailand, North America, and Russia. But this expansion will still be a steep hill to climb. TOYOTA is gearing up to localize its overseas operations so they can integrate into the local communities and trying to develop the "TOYOTA Man" in those factories to ensure product quality. TOYOTA's Drive to the Top takes a first-hand look at the frontline operations of a company fighting to become a premier company in the world.

Japan, the World Leader in Long-Established Companies


長寿企業大国にっぽん [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 2007

Japan is the world leader in terms of the number of long-established companies;there are more than 100,000 Japanese companies with a history of over 100 years. Why is it that so many companies have survived such a long time in Japan ? This programme unlocks the secrets and essence of these long-established companies through a detailed investigation of their business conditions, management philosophies.

Design Wars – Mobile Phone in Japan –


デザインウォーズ ~ケイタイ開発の舞台裏~  [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 2007

Each year, ten million Mobile phones are sold in Japan.Makers , both foreign and domestic,are engaged in a fierce battle to develop phones for the Japanese market that are smaller and lighter with bigger screens and more functions. South Korea's LG Electronics has tried to crack the Japanese market with its unique Chocolate Phone. Putting the latest technology on hold, Japan's NEC is searching for a mobile phone design that will capture consumer's fancy. Sony Ericsson has launched the concept of a "design whose value will increase with time." Design Wars looks closely at the intense efforts companies are making to develop the most unique and competitive designs.

Japanese Figures – Plastic Idols, Fanboy Dreams –


新しい文化「フィギュア」の出現 プラモデルから美少女へ [NHK]

|Length : 89min. |Year : 2009

Japan is acquiring a global reputation for sculpted plastic figures based on fantasy characters and items found in the pages of manga and on screen in anime. One leading sculptor of so-called "bishojo" figures -- statuettes that depict fan-favorite fictional beauties -- has made himself a legend in the field with his extraordinary mastery of this craft. He goes by the name Bome. This program takes you inside Bome's studio and explores the secrets of bishojo figure modeling. Host Toshio Okada, himself prominent in the figure subculture, guides viewers through the history of the medium from its origins in plastic kit models through its emergence as a flagship of Japanese pop culture's global onslaught. Interviews with artists and intellectuals including Takashi Murakami, Hiroshi Aramata, Goro Yamada and Noriyuki Ueda help illuminate this unique medium that juxtaposes fandom, craft, and art, within the larger context of Japanese culture.

New York Wave : Girls’ Comics


ニューヨークウェーブ ~少女漫画のカリスマ!~ [NHK]

|Length : 20min. |Year : 2009

A Japanese girls' comic artist is gaining attention in New York City. Misako Takashima a.k.a Misako Rocks! has released three comic series through a major publisher. The secret to her popularity is that she writes her comics in English and most of her characters are American. In order to depict a realistic portrayal of American high school life, Misako interviews many local students. She has never worked as a professional comic artist in Japan. With her characteristic vigor and unwavering dedication, Misako has seized her chance to succeed in the United States. This program delves into Misako's private life and professional career as she continues to fight for recognition.

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