Episode 72.- Labor Problems

Greetings Everyone!

Apologies for the long wait!

Today’s episode is a especial two parts, the first half we have the presence of Brent’s son while the gang talks about the new Live Action series of Cowboy Bebop and some the Konami-Kojima drama which still continues. This starts a debate about the different changes that some companies and the government are promoting in the working environment and time, but… are they really in the best interest of the people?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Episode 71.- The Princess Got Engaged!

Brent opened this week’s conversation by asking Motoi and Edgar about their thought’s on the recent arrival of Carl’s Jr. to Japan, specially because their presentation is very different to the image this fast food chain has in Japan. Next, we talk about our main topic, the engagement of Princess Mako and the debate about the role of women on the Japanese Imperial Family. Finally, the gang discussed about some weird posters with a nationalistic message that appeared in Kyoto.

Join the conversation! Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Episode 70.- Tokyo-Tokyo

Greetings from the Living Japan Crew!

Apologies for being late to upload this new episode. This week, Motoi, Brent and Edgar discuss about what they did during the Golden Week, the different celebrations for Children’s Day that exist in Mexico and Japan, as well as explain a little bit of the folklore behind this celebration.  Next, Edgar talks about his experience attending the Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival, to celebrate the LGBT community and create awareness of sexual diversity and inclusiveness. Finally, we talk about our main topic which is Tourism. Recently, Japan has made a great effort to bring more visitors from abroad, but the Living Japan crew questions if their marketing approach has been the best. Join the discussion, have you visited Japan? Have you seen any of the tourism campaigns of Japan? How does your country attracts international tourism? Let us know in the comments!

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Episode 69.- Reactivation of Nuclear Power Plants

It’s time for a new episode of Living Japan. On today’s Episode, Motoi, Brent and Edgar talk about the reactivation of the nuclear plants that were closed after the Fukushima disaster. Join us, as we talk about the implications of using and not using nuclear energy in Japan. Join the discussion, let us know what you think about the usage of nuclear energy.

 

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Episode 68.- Myths about school

Hello Everyone!

We want to apologize for getting behind our schedule, but finally we were able to meet and record a new episode. Today, we have a fun episode talking about a recent trend on Twitter with the hasthag #gaijinconfessions. The Living Japan crew tell us some confessions of their own before moving on to our main topic: Myths about the Japanese schooling system. There are many articles that try to describe how education works in Japan, however, not everything they say is true. Join us while Brent, Edgar and Motoi talk about some of this issues and discuss how truthful are this Internet articles. Join the discussion, tell us your opinion about the Japanese schooling system in the comments.

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Episode 67.- The Death of the Harajuku Style

As every two weeks, the Living Japan crew is back! Bringing you the latest news on what is happening in Japan. In this week’s episode we talk about MariCar, a company that is being sued by Nintendo for using its characters and the concept of Mario Kart to make business in Tokyo. Later on, Motoi, Brent and Edgar address an issue that has been recently trending on social media: The Death of the Harajuku Style. FRUiTS, the magazine that brought the Harajuku fashion style to the spotlight is closing, which has created a debate around the disappearance of street culture in Japan. Is the Harajuku style really death? Which places can young people use to express themselves in a huge city? Where you live young people face similar problems?

Join the debate! Let us know in your comments!

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Episode 66.- Train Etiquette

Welcome to a new episode of Living Japan! As the month of love ends, Motoi, Brent and Edgar discuss about the protest against Valentine’s Day that a cranky group of Marxist had in Tokyo, opposing the discrimination against unattractive men. Later on, the crew talks about our main topic “Train Etiquette.” There are many written and unwritten rules that everyone that uses a train in Japan should know. Are they different from those in your country? Let us know in the comments!

*We’ve been having some trouble with our audio equipment. Apologies in advanced if there are some parts that are not very clear.

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