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21 minutes | May 17, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 27 - Changing the Japanese school year
This week, Steven, Michelle and Yasushi discuss the impacts and possible changes to the school year due to Covid-19. Discussions from the Japanese governments address starting the school year in September as opposed to April to coincide with international schooling systems. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/1071/ https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Education/September-school-year-to-put-Japan-in-line-with-world
21 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 26 - Why Japan's numbers seem so low
This week, Steven, Yasushi and Michelle discuss why the Covid-19 cases in Japan seem to be on the lower end compared to the rest of Europe and the US.
23 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 25 - Getting to know your podcasters - Part 3
The last of getting to know your podcasters as we discuss the cultural aspects we want to adopt into our home countries vs. the aspects we are glad aren't apart of our home culture.
25 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 24 - Getting to know your podcasters - Part 2
We're back again this week discussing more about ourselves and what we miss about our travels, as well as the things we were glad to get back in our home countries
20 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 23 - Getting to know your podcasters
In this episode, we decided to take an escape from the real world and let our listeners get to know the real us and our experiences in each other's respective countries. So come listen to Yasushi's take on American culture and Steven and Michelle's first impressions of Japan. Enjoy!
20 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 22 - The Role Reversal of Nations with COVID-19
In our last episode, the Coronavirus was mostly a focus only in Asia and eastern countries. Yet within a couple of weeks, the whole world has been affected and in this episode, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss why Japan goes about business as normal while the rest of the world shuts down.
19 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 21 - The Coronavirus... of course we are talking about it
The hot topic this week all over Japan (and all over the rest of the world too) is the Coronavirus, so of course Yasushi, Steven and Michelle are discussing it. School closures, limited large gatherings, the reasoning behind it all -- we talk about all of it and how it's affecting everyone's lives and the Japanese economy.
16 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 20 - Banning sexism at the University of Tokyo
This week, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the recent decision of the University of Tokyo (Todai) to ban clubs that discriminate against women. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13082948 http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13054988 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/world/asia/tokyo-university-women-japan.html
17 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 19 - Overtourism
In this recording, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the ever rampant topic of overtourism in Japan's most popular areas and ways the government is hoping to tackle the crowds for the future https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005970099 http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13060063 https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190920/p2a/00m/0na/022000c
14 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 18 - Face mask culture
This week, Yasushi, Steven, and Michelle discuss the face mask culture in Japan. We discuss customer service staff wearing masks, the fashion statements of mask-wearing and the outbreak of the coronavirus and the lack of masks available. https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/policies-differ-concerning-retail-staff-wearing-face-masks-to-ward-off-colds https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/why-do-japanese-people-wear-surgical-masks-its-not-always-for-health-reasons
16 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Amakara Japan Ep. 17 - Nissan CEO's disappearing act from Japan
On this episode, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the international headline of Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape from Japan to Lebenon and the Japanese legal system.
16 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Amakara Japan - Ep 16. - Japan's gender gap
On this episode, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the ever rampant gender inequality in Japan, the reasons why and ways to try to narrow the gap. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/12/17/national/social-issues/japan-121st-global-gender-equality-ranking/#.XfmMX2T7TIU https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/07/04/commentary/japan-commentary/japans-systemic-barriers-gender-equality/#.XfmO7WT7TIU
18 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep 15. - Privatized entrance exam English tests postponed
This week, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the recent postponement of the new university entrance exams due to economic issues. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201911010039.html https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191101/p2a/00m/0na/013000c
17 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 14 - The tragedy of the elderly taking care of the elderly
This week, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the recent tragedy of a 71-year-old woman taking the lives of her husband and in-laws after the emotional exhaustion associated with caring for them for years. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201911230046.html https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191118/p2a/00m/0na/004000c
16 minutes | Nov 23, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 13 - Bullying in school... by teachers to a teacher
On this episode, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss a tragic story of an elementary school teacher in Kobe who suffered awful bullying from his teacher co-workers, so much so that he quit his job. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910150030.html
18 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 12 - Free childcare: is it a good thing or a bad thing?
In this episode, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle talk about the recent change allowing the majority of childcare programs to be free for most parents https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/d00489/japan%E2%80%99s-free-childcare-program-no-panacea-for-daycare-waitlists.html https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-daycare-birth-rate-mothers-childcare-education-family-a8952276.html
13 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 11 - Olympic Marathon change of venue
This week, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss the recent change of venue for the Olympic Marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo due to summer heat concerns. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/01/national/tokyo-governor-gives-up-sapporo-olympic-marathon/ https://qz.com/1740231/tokyo-olympics-marathon-moved-to-sapporo-over-heat-concerns/
11 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 10 - Consumption Tax Hike
Yasushi, Steven, and Michelle discuss the recent consumption tax rate hike from 8% to 10% in Japan and how it has affected businesses and consumers. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191001/p2g/00m/0na/001000c
31 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 9 - Performing for the Yakuza, genome editing, and child discipline gone wrong
This week, Yasushi, Steven and Michelle discuss Japanese comedians taking side jobs performing for the Yakuza just to make ends meet. We also discuss the relaxed rules in Japan regarding genetically edited foods as well as talk about an extreme case of a father accidentally murdering his child in the name of discipline. Yoshimoto http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201907300063.html http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201907250040.html Genetically-edited foods http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201907110024.html http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903190038.html Educational Abuse http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201907140034.html
23 minutes | Aug 8, 2019
Amakara Japan Ep. 8 - Whaling, Royalty fees, and hotel bookings for the 2020 Olympics
In this episode, Yashushi, Steven and Michelle discuss Japan starting the whaling industry again for commercial purposes, along with the royalty fees lawsuit with JASRAC against a music school. We finish up the podcast discussing the lack of hotel rooms available for lottery ticket winners for the Olympic Game.
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