Interpreter for the movie stars, nuclear crisis, Olympus, radioactive tuna and a bizarre meal -- all served up on the JPOD


Join us on the JPOD as we discuss the latest news and gossip about what’s happening in Japan.

Our special guest this week is Sayuri Suzuki who interprets for many top movie stars when they visit Japan. Hear Sayuri talk about the fun aspects of her job, what it’s like interpreting for Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and countless others, some of whom can be a bit difficult.

Turning to news issues, we hear from NPR radio host and journalist John Matthews and Japan Today editor Chris Betros on the nuclear crisis, Olympus’ settlement with its ousted CEO Michael Woodford, Tokyo Sky Tree’s first week, a radioactive bluefin tuna, while Tokyo Comedy Store comedians Cloudy Bongwater and Spring Day digest some weird news about an artist who had his genitalia surgically removed so he can serve them up for dinner to five friends. Ouch!

Don Morton tells us what movies to see and what movies to miss, while Robin Sakai gives us the latest tech news and trends.

All this and lots more on the JPOD!

Listen on:
Japan Today Podcast
Japan Today iTunes
Japan Today Soundcloud

Author Infomation

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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    Hey Kong, Just got caught up with your last podcasts. I hope you didn't get my last comment wrong: I was not referring to "drivel" being about talking about sex. I really don't mind that at all. It is more about keeping an interesting balance and different perspectives. And I enjoyed the program better the last couple times. Your recent guests, especially, Mary King, was very well spoken. Maybe I got you guys on the wrong day what with all the Wendy's buns talk and the windchime bra. Anyhooo... Still listening.

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    Kamasami Kong

    Yokkata88-No problem, we had fun responding to your comments, and comments like yours are -exactly- what we need to help guide our future podcasts. So please, comment away! BTW, CLOUDY from the Tokyo Comedy Store offered a pair of free tickets to whomever made the best comment in this area this week, and so're the winner...unless we get a "better" comment. (Comments to be judged by Cloudy Bongwater. Deadline 6/9/2012.)

    One more thing, if you were to offer a suggestion or opinion about the podcast, what would that be? Thanks!

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    Is there any way to access previous shows?

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    Kamasami Kong

    To "thesedreams" "Is there any way to access previous shows?"

    Answer: Yes...just look over to the right side of this page, under the CAPITAL TAX ad. There's a list, brief description and a link to previous shows there.

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