294 - Japan’s Tattoo Dilemma

June 02, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a dilemma facing the Japanese Government...How to accommodate foreign visitors who have tattoos. This potential problem is a reflection on cultural sensitivities in Japan that associate tattooing with organised crime. This means that tattooed people are banned from places such as public baths and hot springs. Yet with Japan set to host two massive sporting events the dilemma is - what to do with these tattooed visitors? How will this problem be solved?

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June 02, 2017
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267 - Japanese Icon - A Bad Influence?

November 06, 2016


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on the worrying news from India and Pakistan for one of Japan’s most iconic animated characters – Doraemon. The blue robotic-cat is being blamed in these South Asian nations as having a bad influence on young Indian and Pakistani children. There have even been calls to ban the character from India and Pakistan! Why is Doraemon causing such a big fuss?

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November 06, 2016
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254 - Culture? Sport? Or Just Cruel?

July 15, 2016


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on the controversial sport of bullfighting. The sport has once again been in the world news as this week saw the tragic death of a Spanish bullfighter during a contest in northern Spain. The bullfight was being broadcast live on Spanish TV when the bullfighter died. What was the reaction in Spain? What was the fall-out?

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July 15, 2016
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234 - Meow! Cat Day Turns 30

February 26, 2016


This week’s English News Weekly podcast reports on a special day for cat lovers – Cat Day. Although not an official national holiday in Japan, every February 22nd all things feline are celebrated across the country. You can buy special cat shaped food, for both humans and felines, and some Japanese companies even encourage their office workers to dress up as cats for the day. Why is Cat Day such a big hit in Japan...?
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February 26, 2016
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221 - G7 Manga Character Courts Controversy

November 20, 2015


Japanese manga is one of the country's most famous pop- culture exports. The colourful comic books cover topics as wide-ranging as elderly people, gender issues and blue robotic cats. Yet, manga has also been used to highlight controversial topics in Japanese society. Why has some manga characters become controversial?
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November 20, 2015
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