Wendy's burgers, nuclear power, same-sex marriages, movies and music - all on the JPOD, plus we're giving away Wendy's gift certificates


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

Our special guest this week is president of Wendy’s Japan, Ernest Higa, who tells us why he brought Wendy’s back to Japan and what he is doing with the hamburger chain.

To mark the occasion, Wendy’s Japan is giving 20 “free meal” gift certificates for its store in Harajuku. Simply send an email to editor@japantoday.com with your name, address and the keyword mentioned in the JPOD to be eligible. The first 20 applicants will receive the certificates.

Turning to news issues, we hear from NPR radio host and journalist John Matthews and Japan Today editor Chris Betros on the Oi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government’s cyber-charm tourism offensive, Lady Gaga, same-sex marriages at Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan’s possible extinction in 1,000 years and Triumph’s keep-cool bra.

Tokyo Comedy Store stand-up comic Ian Gibb provides some witty insight, Kaleb James previews upcoming concerts and pays tribute to the late Donald “Duck” Dunn, while Don Morton lets us know what movies to see and what movies to miss.

All this and lots more on the JPOD!

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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.
Website: http://www.japantoday.com/
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    Charles Rovira

    "Japan’s possible extinction in 1,000 years"

    Its ultimately all about demographics isn't it?

    To paraphrase René Lévesque(): *The future of the Japanese people is up to the power of their loins.

    ) Google him. He was the premier of Québec, Canada. He was the ultimate victor of the three century long "War of the Cradle*" which saw the French become secure in its dominance of Québec life.

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    I am desperate for an intelligent forum for current events and culture in Japan. This podcast could be so much more and, usually it is more, when you have at least one woman on the show. Otherwise there are so many comments going in the gutter and it kinda sucks, as a woman, to listen to the drivel. I am not giving up yet and am hoping for better things in the future.

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