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JP 09-3The-Mob-Yakuzaやくざ

This is the final part of our yakuza episode. It’s certainly a topic that we will be revisiting at some point in the future and next time it may be possible for us to include a couple of interviews with our local yakuza or even some covert audio of yakuza bosses discussing Jpop, Japanese snacks, gyaru fashion and whatever else mobsters talk about. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Durati read more

JP 09-2-The-Mob-Yakuzaやくざ

Here is part two of our in-depth investigation into the seedy underworld of Japan. We discuss many aspects of the Yakuza and their unique way of life. The third and final part will follow shortly. Bet you can’t wait… Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:05 — 16.6MB) read more

JP 09-1-The-Mob-Yakuzaやくざ

Despite what many people think, Japan is a corrupt, lawless country. In this, the first part of a 3-part episode, we look at one of the most stylish aspects of corruption in Japan; the Yakuza. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:06 — 18.0MB) read more

‘At the Sharpe End’ by Hugh Ashton – part 2

Here’s part two of the interview I did with author/tech writer/longtime Japan hand Hugh Ashton, at the recent Japan Writer’s Conference. His new book, ‘At the Sharpe End‘, is a fast, fun read, and in fact, depicts Japan, tech culture in Japan and being a very fluent foreigner here very well. In the guise of a thriller, no less. The book is well written, fast-paced, and well worth... read more

‘At the Sharpe End’ by Hugh Ashton – part 1

Here’s an interview I did with author/tech writer/longtime Japan hand Hugh Ashton, at the recent Japan Writer’s Conference. His new book, ‘At the Sharpe End‘, is a fast, fun read, and in fact, depicts Japan, tech culture in Japan and being a very fluent foreigner here very well. In the guise of a thriller, no less. The book is well written, fast-paced, and well worth reading if... read more

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