Nuclear-free Japan, Senkakus, Sony, shopping, entertainment, Olympics and more -- all on the JPOD!


Join me on the JPOD this week as we discuss the latest news and gossip about what’s happening in Japan. We are joined by Japan Today editor Chris Betros, NPR radio host and journalist John Matthews, Tokyo Comedy Store stand-up comedian Dave Guttterage, Metropolis movie critic Don Morton, soul music expert Masaharu Yoshioka, bluesman Steve Gardner, Tokyo American Club’s Amy Jorrisch, narrator Doug Kirkpatrick and Ted Tsakiris of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.


Tokyo Gov Ishihara wants to use taxpayers’ money to buy the disputed Senkaku islands. Tokyo Sky Tree’s builders say it can withstand a massive earthquake and will not fall. On May 6, Japan will become nuclear free as the last of its 54 reactors go offline. Hear our guests discuss these topics.


Jetstar Japan is selling one-way tickets from Narita to Sapporo for 4,590 yen to mark the launch of its service in July. But how much is the fuel tax? Three big shopping malls open in Tokyo this week. Sony is cutting 10,000 jobs amid a restructuring plan. Our guests discuss what has happened to once-great Sony.


The lovely Jessica Alba was in town to attend the opening of the Tommy Hilfiger flagship store in Omotesando. She appeared in Japan Today’s Picture of the Day along with Hilfiger and Gackt. Our readers weren’t sure what to make of Gackt. Tokyo American Club is hosting an evening of glamour, opera and fashion as Jammin’ for Japan, the hugely successful musical fundraiser for the victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, returns to the club on April 27.

Some one-time only events not to miss are Earth, Wind and Fire’s concert and an English performance of “Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Party!” In movies, Don Morton gives us his list of must-see and must-miss movies, while Dave Gutterage tells us what’s happening at the Tokyo Comedy Store.


As London grapples with questions over its transport network for the summer Olympics, Japan is counting on the sympathy vote to be awarded the 2020 Olympics.


Attracting lots of from readers this week was the story on mind-controlled mechanical cat ears that perk up when the wearer is concentrating and lie flat when the wearer relaxes.

All this and lots more on the JPOD!

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Kamasami Kong
Kamasami Kong
Kong is a long-time radio veteran in Japan, having started in the late 1970s on a record album project with DJ Katsuya Kobayashi and musician Tatsurou Yamashita, called "COME ALONG II." Since then, he has had radio programs on FM YOKOHAMA, INTER-FM, TOKYO-FM and FM802 in Osaka. His programs are currently being heard in the Kansai area on FM COCOLO. He pioneered the Tokyo MetPod, and is now publishing the Kong Show, a podcast featuring news, interviews, entertainment and more.
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    My gawd - painful to listen to. Turn off the vending machines? How about the jpod studios first?

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    The website says taxes are included, the assumption is fuel tax is included too. Why do you think it is extra? Where on Jetstar's website does it even suggest that?

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    Keep the stuff honest and sincere! Also use some nice background music ie. like classical which would change mainstream music crap in this country.

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    A modicum of knowledge/research by the talking heads would be appreciated. The islands are owned by "some guy in Saitama" because his family had earlier tried to set up a fishery there. "Wiki is your friend."

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    Someone on the podcast said that the nuclear plants are just as dangerous offline in a disaster but a number of people I mentioned this too said this was unlikely. Maybe you could elaborate on this in a future podcast. Also guys try not to be so Tokyo-centric if possible, remember there's a whole country out there besides often overrated Tokyo, thanks!

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