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Writer / comedian / American ex-pat David Pavlina hosts Japanatron--a podcast about life, learnings, and cultural experiences in the land of the rising sun. A wide variety of topics related to Japan are covered, all told from the standpoint of an American living in Tokyo.

35 - The Hyponatremia Incident

I narrate and reflect upon a personal medical emergency experience that landed me in a Japanese hospital for a week.

33 - Japanese TV

I discuss reasons why I both hate and love Japanese television and elucidate my professor-like ruminations as to why it is the way it is.

32 - Noise Pollution in Japan

An obnoxious topic covered by a loud ugly American--let's talk about noise pollution in Japan. I rant about Japan's problem with excessive noise, sharing personal experiences and heavily-biased conclusions.

POSTSCRIPT
It occurred to me that the excessive announcements might be for the benefit of blind people.  As the story goes, a famous Japanese politician had a blind son, so he enacted lots of reform to make Japan more accessible and accommodating for the blind.  This is why you find those yellow sidewalk guides everywhere in Japan.  But why did they stop there?  Why not better accommodate wheelchairs, etc?  Don't get me wrong--Japan is gradually getting better at accessibility for the disabled, but it currently seems biased towards certain groups.

FURTHER READING
What Japan Needs - More Anti-Noise Laws
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/10/10/lifestyle/making-noise-keeping-decibels
http://sky.geocities.jp/bunka_so_on/
http://no-senkyo-car.com/

31 - IT Jobs in Japan

I discuss Japan's IT industry for foreigners, specifically Tokyo IT for Western foreigners. I narrate my fascinating personal story about how I got my foot in the proverbial Tokyo IT door, followed by learnings and advice. Recommended if you too are looking into working in Japan's tech world.