Volume 02, Number 15.
Thanks for tuning in again, and for subscribing. I have to spend the latter half of next week in Washington, D.C. So there will be no Podcast on Friday, April 21. But I'll be back the Friday after that, April 28th. So stay subscribed.
This week we take a closer look at Ichiro Ozawa's first week as President of the Democratic Party of Japan. I focus on what his selection and presidency can tell us about the distinction between factionist and populist party leaders. Then we consider a surprising development in the North Korean abduction issues. And finally we take a web audio tour of this site, www.Japan Considered.org.
Best wishes for the Easter weekend, and drop back by on Friday, the 28th.
Fri, 28 April 2006
April 28, 2006. Volume 02, Number 16.
Thanks for tuning in again. No program last week. I was in Washington, D.C., visiting old friends and attending a meeting of the Washington and Southeast Regional Japan Seminar. Current Chair, Professor Tomoka Hamada, arranged a splendid program, the best one in years.
This week I've focused on the outcome of the Chiba # 7 district by-election in which DPJ candidate, Kazumi Ota, bested LDP candidate, Ken Saito. And the significance of that election outcome for Japan's politics in the short and medium-term. My interpretation differs somewhat from that of most of Japan's political journalists and commentators. Or, at least, differs from what they were writing during the week following the election.
Fri, 14 April 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
Volume 02, Number 15.
Fri, 7 April 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006,
Volume 02, Number 14
Fri, 31 March 2006
Friday March 31, 2006. Volume 02, Number 13
Thanks for tuning in again this week. Our subscriptions numbers still are climbing steadily. But many more of you are downloading the audio file and/or the transcripts directly. That's unusual for a podcast. But, I guess, the result is the same. Glad to have you listening. Please continue to send your comments and suggestions to me at JapanConsidered@gmail.com. I'm looking into adding a resource that will allow you to submit short audio comments as mp3 files. But that will take a while.
This week's events tended to pile up toward the end of the week. With important developments today, in fact. We consider first the background of Seiji Maehara's resignation today from the DPJ presidency, and its implications for national politics in Japan. Then we look at positive and less positive developments in Japan's relationship with China. And finally we consider the current legislative agenda. I'd hoped to cover recent developments in the relationship with North Korea, but that will have to wait.
Last week I ran across a podcast that those of you studying Japanese language should find useful. It is called Japanesepod101. You can find it by searching on iTunes, or through a Google search. Here is their website, which, I understand, is about to go through major revisions. A group of four language specialists produce a daily program. Quite an accomplishment. So have a look at: