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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 native 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.

Oct 1, 2020

Takenori Kato, an international medical aid worker with the Japan Chernobyl Foundation (JCF), is usually stationed in Iraq. However, because of international travel restrictions due to COVID-19, he's currently working remotely from the JCF headquarters in Matsumoto. In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Kato-san talks about his experiences as a Japanese expat in the Middle East.

Key Words: expat experiences; cultural identity; reverse culture shock; Japan Chernobyl Foundation; JCF; podcast about Japan; interview; Iraq; Japan; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Shinshu; Japan-related conversation; podcasts about Japan; Dave Carlson, host