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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.

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.

29 - Experiences in Japanese Show Biz

This is an episode of firsts--my first guest and my first video podcast. I discuss experiences working in Japan's talent industry with the beautiful and talented fellow American Cait Meyer. We shot enough for 2 episodes, so please stay tuned for more!  More info about Japan's show biz industry here: http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/japan/show-biz

28 - Tips for Studying Japanese

I present Japanese language study tips and mental shortcuts that have aided me in the quest to learn this often bewildering tongue.

27 - I Don't Get It

No matter how long I live in Japan, there are a few things about this country and its culture that perpetually confuse me. I present my whine list followed by grinch-like groans.