Looking beneath the surface of Japan.
We hear from Japan Times journalists and guests about current events and trends in Japan.
Hosted by Oscar Boyd. ポッド疲れ様.
Chaos at Japan's borders w/ Rochelle Kopp
Japan announced on Monday that it will ban all new foreign entries for at least one month in an effort to prevent the omicron variant from spreading domestically.
What did Japan bring to COP26? w/ Masako Konishi
COP26 was billed as the world's last chance to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.
Japan's loneliness epidemic w/ Alex K.T. Martin
Surveys of the Japanese public show that 1 in 2 people in their 20s and 30s have felt lonely during the pandemic.
How Japan is already being impacted by climate change w/ Eric Margolis
Japan Times contributor Eric Margolis walks us through how Japan is already being affected by climate change.
Princess Mako's not-so fairytale wedding w/ Natsuko Fukue
After a three-year delay, Princess Mako finally married her university sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday this week.
Why is Kyoto going bankrupt? w/ Eric Johnston
In 2019, tourists spent ¥1.2 trillion in Kyoto. Now the city faces bankruptcy.
The best podcast on current events in Japan!
I’ve been listening to this podcast since 2018 and it’s so consistently good. I never tire of it! Even at the times when the topic for that week’s episode, on its face, doesn’t seem like it will be of interest to me, I listen anyway, and even then I find myself engaged and so glad to have listened. Oscar Boyd is a greater presenter and interviewer. He’s the rare gaijin on a Japan-focused podcast who is, well, normal and not a clown. He’s professional, smart, thoughtful, and just runs things so well. I’m so glad this podcast exists. I became a digital subscriber to the Japan Times mostly because I wanted to do something to support this podcast. Keep up the great work, Oscar and everyone at the Japan Times!
Engaging and Informative
You learn a lot about topics that you might not find in other sources. The topics are always interesting and well researched. In each episode a guest who has knowledge on the subject talks to the host who carries the conversation with comments and questions. The mood is never overly somber and even has some lighthearted funny moments. I recommend listening to any episode to understand how entertaining and easy to listen to it is.
Unusual stories, interesting guests — Great podcast!