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Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 30, 2020
Episode 66: Kōji — the magical mold of Japan
Japan Times food editor Claire Williamson joins Deep Dive to discuss her new found passion for Aspergillus oryzae, the mold better known in Japan as ku014dji.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 23, 2020
[Bonus episode] The making of the Walkman
This episode is based around an extract from the audiobook of 'Pure Invention.' We join in the middle of chapter 5, which is all about the invention of the Walkman.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 16, 2020
Episode 65: Where is Japan's green recovery?
Staff reporter Ryusei Takahashi joins Oscar Boyd to discuss the idea, opportunities and difficulties of a green recovery in Japan.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 9, 2020
Episode 64: The end of Shinzo Abe: What will his legacy be?
In part two of this two part look at the end of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's time in office, we look at Abe's legacy as Japan's longest-serving prime minister.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 2, 2020
Episode 63: The end of Shinzo Abe: What happened and who's next?
This is part one of a two part look at the end of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's time in office.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 28, 2020
[Rebroadcast] What's the secret to Shinzo Abe's longevity?
This episode was originally recorded in December 2019, in a world that had not yet gone through the trials of the coronavirus, and when Japan was looking ahead to hosting the Olympics this summer.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 25, 2020
Episode 62: How Japan's border closures have affected international students
Since Japan imposed entry restrictions on April 3, many students and academics have been left stranded outside the country, unable to pursue their studies and research. Many have also lost the scholarships that have funded their studies so far.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 19, 2020
Episode 61: Tough times for Tokyo, the world's dining capital
With more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is something of a dining mecca. But in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has turned Tokyo's restaurant and hospitality industry on its head.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 13, 2020
Episode 60: Japan's foreign residents are trapped — Part 2
It's now August and many of Japan's residents are still stuck inside or outside of the country.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 6, 2020
Episode 59: Hiroshima, 75 years after the atomic bomb
75 years on from the bombing, the number of survivors able to tell their stories is dwindling as they grow old and die.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 29, 2020
[Rebroadcast] Fear and loathing on Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is closed to the public this summer so, in tribute to the mountain, we're rebroadcasting Deep Dive Episode 20: Fear and loathing on Mount Fuji.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 58: A brief history of mask wearing in Japan
The Japan Times' Alex Martin discusses the history of mask wearing and how it's changed from the Edo Period to the Spanish Flu to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 15, 2020
Episode 57: Has Japan's pop culture conquered the world?
From the karaoke machine and the Walkman to Hello Kitty and the Game Boy, Japan's cultural influence can be felt almost everywhere.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 8, 2020
Episode 56: A second term for Koike, a second wave for Tokyo?
Ryusei Takahashi gives us the lowdown on Yuriko Koike's victory, as well as the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in the capital. Hosted by Oscar Boyd.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 6, 2020
Two-Michelin-starred Inua becomes a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic
On July 3, two-Michelin-starred restaurant Inua announced it would be closing indefinitely due to the effects of COVID-19.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 1, 2020
Episode 55: The case to legalize same-sex marriage in Japan
Japan is the only country in the G7 not to offer any form of legal recognition to same-sex couples, despite a 2018 survey showing almost 80 percent of 20 to 59 year olds in Japan are in favor of same-sex marriage.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jun 24, 2020
Episode 54: Yuriko Koike and the race for Tokyo governor
Tokyo will host elections for governor on July 5, 2020, no small event for the largest city in the world.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jun 12, 2020
Episode 53: Why Japan needs Black Lives Matter
On May 25, George Floyd was killed by members of the Minneapolis Police Department, sparking protests across the United States and the rest of the world — including in Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 6, 2020
Photo essay: Kyoto without tourists
It is rare to see Kyoto's most popular tourist spots with so few people, but due to COVID-19, the number of visitors to Japan, and to Kyoto, has plunged to record low levels, leaving many of sightseeing destinations deserted.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jun 5, 2020
Episode 52: Can 'Terrace House' continue after Hana Kimura's death?
Alyssa Smith and Tom Hanaway have been writing recaps of 'Terrace House' and join Deep Dive to discuss Kimura's death, and what it might mean for the show going forward.

Longform

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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals