Best Japan Podcasts for Business and Pleasure

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For the aurally inclined, podcasts are a great way to connect with a subject or area of interest without having to invest your full attention. So if you’d like to get a primer or keep up with what’s happening in Japan while doing the dishes, having a shower or commuting to work, here are our picks of the best podcasts for your listening enjoyment.

The Japan Venture Show

Website: http://japanventureshow.com/
Feeds: Feedburner, iTunes

Hosted by French expatriate Frederic Peyrot, JVS is an interview driven podcast about the start-up scene in Tokyo. The host has been living in Tokyo since 2009 and is well connected with the startup community. To date, interviewees have included founders from a wide range of industries – from biotech to funeral services.

Disrupting Japan

Website: http://www.disruptingjapan.com/
Feeds: iTunes, RSS Feed

There were no English podcasts on the Tokyo startup scene and now we have two! Tim Romero is a well connected long term Tokyo resident as well as an author and entrepreneur. As the name suggests, this podcast examines the disruptive Tokyo start-up scene of Tokyo. Due to Tim’s involvement in the community, he gets access to some high level interviewees. So far, interviewees have included Akiko Naka of Wantedly, Taku Harada of Peatix and Jay Winder of Make Leaps.

The Japan Show

Website: http://thejapanshow.com/
Feeds: iTunes, RSS Feed

The Japan Show isn’t strictly a business podcast, but the hosts – John Matthews and Gavin Dixon – discuss a wide range of topical subjects including “Abenomics”, politics, international relations and societal trends.

The Just Japan Podcast

Website: http://busankevin.com/category/just-japan-podcast/
Feeds: Soundcloud, RSS Feed.

This podcast is produced by Kobe resident and YouTuber Kevin O’Shea. The show features interviews with foreign expats resident in Japan.

The GPod

Website: http://blog.gaijinpot.com/tag/podcast/
Feeds: iTunes, RSS Feed

The GPod is the Gaijin Pot podcast. Gaijin Pot has been a fixture on the English language web scene in Japan for more than 15 years. Host Anthony Joh interviews a wide variety of guests. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in a Host bar or you’re wondering about how you go about renting an apartment in Tokyo, this podcast is for you.


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