The Japanofiles Podcast
Welcome to the Japanofiles, a podcast about Japan. This podcast, which began in 2009, presents interviews that have been recorded in Japan. Most of the interviewees are English-speaking foreign residents of Nagano Prefecture who live in the greater Matsumoto area. They share their stories about living and working in Japan. The host of this Japan podcast, Dave Carlson, is a long-time resident of Matsumoto.

Have you ever wished you could take a half year off from what you're doing and move to another country? Today's guest, Michael, did just that. Michael and his wife took a break from their work, moved to Japan, rented a house in Matsumoto, and spent six months doing various things in Japan. On today's Japanofiles Podcast, Michael talks about his half-year stay in Japan.

Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; minka; traditional Japanese architecture; renewable energy; Matsumoto area and the things that Michael likes best; podcast about Japan; English-language interview 

Direct download: Japanofiles_66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

Crime in Japan and the yakuza are the two main topics of discussion on today's Japanofiles Podcast. Journalist Paul Murphy returns to the podcast to talk about the research for his forthcoming book on crime in Japan.

Key Words: crime in Japan; yakuza; Japan related podcasts; organized crime; Japanese criminals; chikan; podcasts about Japan; court cases in Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; Shinshu area; honesty in the courtroom.

Direct download: Japanofiles_65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

For Episode 64 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Paul Murphy, a journalist from Ireland who was living in Matsumoto until this past September.

Key Words: Matsumoto Sarin Incident; Aum Shinrikyo; Fukushima nuclear disaster; genpatsu rikon; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; interview; podcast about Japan; Japan-related discussion

Direct download: Japanofiles_64a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Nate Shelton, a student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, talks about his experiences living and studying in Japan.

Key Words: Shinshu University; international studies; Salt Lake Sister City; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; podcast about Japan; interview; English language podcast

Direct download: Japanofiles_63.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Nick Harling visits the Japanofiles from Washington, DC, via Skype. Nick shares many interesting experiences from his time in Japan, and he also explains how he has been able to remain connected to Japan since returning to the US. Nick is also the host of the popular Let's Talk Japan podcast.

Key Words: Japan-related podcasts; interview; from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Dave Carlson, podcast host; podcasting; Japan podcast

Direct download: Japanofiles_62.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Today Dave talks with Shuhei Fukawa. Shuhei grew up in the US, and then he moved to Japan to attend university. Shuhei is now a first-year student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto.

Key Words: Shinshu University; kikokushijo; English-language interview; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcasts

Direct download: Japanofiles_61.mp3
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For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Wayne Douglas, a New Zealander currently residing in Matsumoto. Wayne recently launched a Japanese and English bilingual website devoted to raising awareness about benzodiazepine drugs. Wayne's story has been featured in The Japan Times, the Yomiuri Newspaper, and the New Zealand Herald.

Key Words: benzodiazepines; Benzo Case Japan; Raising Awareness about benzodiazepine drugs; dangers of misprescribing drugs; Japan court case; English-language interview; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcast; Dave Carlson, host

Direct download: Japanofiles_60.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

Kevin Leahy, a long-time Matsumoto resident, revisits the Japanofiles Podcast to talk a little about his work as teacher and as translator of the popular Vampire Hunter D novels, and then to explain his favorite pastime.

Key Words: Japanese-English translation; Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi (author); English language teaching; Japan-related podcast; English-language interview; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; raising turtles in Japan; podcasts about Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Steve Rubin and Tomoko Oguchi about their move from New York City to Matsumoto last year, their experiences working in both cities, and their plans for the future.

Key Words: Teaching in a Japanese preschool; English language teaching; filmmaking; film festivals; English-language interview; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcast; Dave Carlson, podcast host

Direct download: Japanofiles_58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37am EDT

What do you do if you’re an English-speaking foreigner in Japan and you don’t teach English? Today John Koons, erstwhile language teacher, revisits the Japanofiles Podcast to talk about why he has taken a ‘leave of absence’ from English teaching, and then he shares some of the many interesting activities he's been pursuing the past several years.

Key Words: Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcast; Pacific Ocean voyage; Taiji, Japan; dolphin drive hunting observer; podcast about Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT