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Planet Japan Podcast: Ep 182 – Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Train

July 8, 2010



We open the show with exciting news about Doug’s new iPad and Jen’s new computer – and Jen wins free tickets to the big game!

Tokyo Billy wants to know why people in Japan sometimes eat placenta, and ponders the question on his very own blog.

America once again celebrated the Fourth of July with the big Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest. The happy event was marred when Japan’s very own eating champion, Takeru Kobayashi, got himself arrested after storming the stage to protest his inability to participate.

Some Subway Sandwich shops in Japan are installing hydroponic growing systems so that they can grow their own lettuce. (Unless, of course, it’s just a cover for some other type of crop!)

We take a look at smoking in Japan and the growing success of anti-smoking campaigns.

The Japanese are hoping to land the big contract to build a high-speed rail system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It would be awesome, but would take about 8 years to finish.

Exciting news from Japanese porn actress Anri Suzuki – after studying the Rape of Nanking in China, she has decided to apologize to China in a very unique way.

(UPDATE: This story is apparently a hoax – dashing the dreams of Chinese students everywhere!)

Our Dick of the Week comes from the world of sumo, as yet another scandal rocks the nation. This time, wrestlers have been caught betting on baseball – a big no-no. Just ask Pete Rose. The scandal has also brought to light the extent to which the sport is tied to the yakuza (Japanese mafia).

No Nihongo a Go Go this time. We promise to do a double NaGG next time.

We close out the show with a song called Life is Good by David Silva, a folk singer from California. Hat tip to Edward at the Japan Talk podcast!

That’s it for now. Thanks for listening!

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