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Planet Japan Podcast: Ep 189 – Burning Down the House

October 24, 2010




We open the show with a few Notes From the Twitterverse, including a bizarre request for an apology from the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, a new album from Elton John and Leon Russell, the death of America’s favorite mom – Barbara Billingsley, and chubby cheeks.

It’s party time! Our friends at Bad Communication are organizing a big-time “Meet Up” in Kobe (Sannomiya) on Sunday, December 12. It’s a chance for our listeners to meet us and other podcasters from Japan and enjoy a rollicking good time! Details are still being worked out, but you can learn more about it and sign up here.

Suicide is a very big problem in Japan, and now it’s come to light that some families of suicide victims are being extorted for large amounts of money for “purification services.”

Our Dicks of the Week include the Tennessee Fire Department who watched a man’s house burn to the ground, and Mark David Chapman, who deprived the world of 30 years of new John Lennon music.

In our Religion Corner, we try to determine the role that God played in the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners.

If you’re looking for some web design or logo design, check out one of our listeners – The Monkey Man. His name is Brian Richard and he’s from New Orleans – home of the world champion New Orleans Saints!


Jen is getting ready for the rice harvest by donning a cute little bonnet, and Doug is waiting for his free bag of rice.

We end the show with a song called Is It Any Wonder? from a great soul singer named Dona Oxford – courtesy of

That’s all she wrote. Thanks for listening! To listen to more episodes of Planet Japan, visit our website!

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