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Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Masterly Skills | Beyond the Naked Eye |

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Polishing Rainbows, Manipulating Light

DC299810Documentary

ハイテクの職人たち | 虹を磨く 光を操る [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

The production of finely-tuned optical lenses and prisms - used in cameras, telescopes and semiconductor manufacturing equipment - necessitates the sensitive touch of the human hand. Akira Hozumi produces prototype optical lenses and pentaprisms, which then become the standard for mass-produced goods. He uses his hands, fingertips and a sense of timing and intuition that has been honed over the years to produce these articles, some with angles to within 1/360 of a degree.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Steel Cable Braiding

DC299811Documentary

ハイテクの職人たち | ワイヤーロープは手でつなげ [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

Mr. Ugajin (74) and Mr. Suzuki (72) are among only a handful of people in the country who possess the skills and experience necessary to braid steel cables - used in construction of massive bridges and ski-lift equipment and requiring a high level of safety - into continuous loops. This work is done manually as it requires a sure hand and a well-trained eye that machines do not have. This episode focuses on these two senior citizens as they pass their skills on to the next generation of cable braiders.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Old Skills for New Integrated Circuits

DC299812Documentary

ハイテクの職人たち | 竹串でつくる集積回路 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

As technology has advanced, many firms have had to adjust by developing new products. One such company in Kyoto has switched from the manufacture of metal molds for automobile parts to high-precision molds for integrated circuits. Mr. Ebata's job is "mirror polishing," and he employs a wide range of tools, including willow wood and bamboo skewers. His skills in precision processing are essential, and it's just one example of how skills from an earlier era are now being employed in new, cutting-edge technology.

[New Artisans of Japan] The Artisan in the Machine – Takeshi Fukuda, Maker of Metal Materials –

DC290013Documentary

新ニッポン職人列伝 技を機械に写しとる 金属材料製造・福田健 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 2000

The circuit boards which lie at the heart of devices such as personal computers and mobile ohones are criss-crossed by numerous fine lines. These are the lifelines connecting up the various electronic components which together make up large-scale integrted circuits. The copper foil used to make these lines is extremely thin - 35 microns to be exact.

SERIES Masterly Skills | The Race to Ship 4000 Cars

DC290214Documentary

技~極める | 積み込め 自動車4000台 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2002

The largest number of cars is shipped through the port of Tahara, located in Aichi Prefecture, in Japan,a leading car manufacturer. There are special drivers who move a number of cars to car-transport vessels with remarkable teamwork. They can park cars inside the vessel, while maintaining a 30 centimeter space between them, and a 10 centimeter space on both sides of the car. Car-transport vessels usually anchor at the port only a few days. Drivers must load a total of 4000 cars in 2 days into a vessel, with a 12-storey structure.

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