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From easily navigable train stations to the helpfulness of its municipal staff, Tokyo has earned high praise for its commitment to accessibility for disabled travelers.
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 16, 2024
[Rebroadcast] Japan is doing better on accessibility than you may think
We discuss everything from accessibility in Tokyo to dealing with trains and the country’s shifting attitudes.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
May 3, 2023
[Rebroadcast] The sublime boredom of walking in Japan
Let's revisit this podcast from last year in which we speak with writer Craig Mod about the art of a good stroll.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 8, 2023
I can't believe it's not meat! Is lab-grown beef on Japanese menus?
This week, Oscar Boyd gives us a review of his cultured chicken meal and runs down the environmental implications of such an endeavor, while Tomoko Otake gets us caught up on where Japan stands in the great race to replicate beef.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023
Climate activists say Big Oil is taking cycling fans for a ride
Sports sponsorships have emerged as a major battleground in the push to ban fossil fuel companies from advertising their brands.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Oct 5, 2022
Deep Dive is back! And the climate crisis is still a problem.
Oscar Boyd, Hanae Takahashi and Eric Margolis join new Deep Dive host Shaun McKenna to talk about how people in Japan get their climate news and what we need to do as citizens to aid in the fight.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
May 12, 2022
When will Japan open to tourists?
Kanako Takahara joins to discuss when Japan might reopen to international tourism, and what form that reopening might take.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 27, 2022
Japan is losing people, but is it all bad?
Staff writer Alex Martin joins to discuss Japan's declining population, and why one town in Saitama thinks it's not all bad news.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 20, 2022
Why has the yen fallen to a 20-year low?
Since the beginning of March, the value of the yen has plummeted against the dollar, the euro and the British pound. Bloomberg economy reporter Yuko Takeo joins Deep Dive to explain why.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 14, 2022
Nakagin, Nakagone: Demolishing an architectural dream
Japan Times editor Chris Russell joins to discuss the story of Nakagin and why he thinks it has captivated so many people over the years.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Apr 6, 2022
Tokyo's energy crisis — a decade in the making
Bloomberg energy reporter Shoko Oda joins Deep Dive to explain why the energy crisis was a decade in the making.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 30, 2022
How the pandemic exacerbated Japan's gender inequality
Hanako Montgomery, a reporter for Vice World News in Japan, discusses Japan's poor record on gender equality.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 30, 2022
Cherry blossoms in Tokyo 2022
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 30, 2022
Tokyo's Den voted Asia's best restaurant
The top choice at this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants is known for its modernist reworking of Japan's traditional multicourse menu and a humorous take on a KFC favorite.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 28, 2022
Rishiri Island is a backcountry skiing paradise, as long as there’s a break in the weather
Winter is harsh on this remote island off Hokkaido's northwestern tip, where you can ski above the sea.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 23, 2022
One month into war, a Ukrainian family reunites in Japan
Kanako Takahara explains Japan's efforts to help these refugees, and why the government here isn't calling them by that name.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 16, 2022
Where is Japan's Great Resignation?
This week, senior staff writer Alex Martin joins to discuss the changing face of work in Japan, and why so few people seem inclined to switch roles.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 9, 2022
Sanctions and sanctuary: Japan responds to Russia's war in Ukraine
As Vladimir Putin's grim war in Ukraine escalates, The Economist's Tokyo bureau chief, Noah Sneider, joins to discuss the reasons for the conflict, the lengths to which Japan is supporting Ukraine, and how the war will redefine relationships between Japan and its northern neighbor, Russia.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 2, 2022
The sublime boredom of walking Japan
In a world where getting from A to B is dominated by cars, planes and trains, we all walk far less than people used to. 10,000 steps a day is an aspirational target for many. But for Craig Mod, that's just a stroll before lunch.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 24, 2022
Japan relaxes its border restrictions
Japan's strict border policies are finally relaxing — at least a little bit — and from March, new entrants will be allowed to come to the country once again.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 16, 2022
Where the wild things grow — foraging in Japan
Winifred Bird is the author of 'Eating Wild Japan,' a book that goes deep into the foraging culture of Japan and contains essays on foraging, a selection of recipes and a guide to forageable plants.

Longform

Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan