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028 Recent Japanese Cinema with Maurice Maloney


CinematsuriIn this episode, Nick and Maurice Maloney (JET Alum, Fukui 2004-06) review the 2015 Cinematsuri Japanese Film Festival and share their opinions on which of these films you should see for yourself.

027 Yurei: The Japanese Ghost


Yurei ImageIn this episode, author, translator and folklorist Zack Davisson shares his vast knowledge of the Japanese supernatural.  Zack has written extensively about this topic  on his website hyaku-monogatari and is the author of the upcoming and much anticipated book, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost.

026 DISCO International Bilingual Recruiting


In this episode, Nick speaks with Catherine Rackley of DISCO International, a human resources firm specializing in Japanese-English bilingual recruitment.  Whether you’re currently job searching or just curious about bilingual employment possibilities, this episode is full of useful information.


025 Making The Most Of Your JET Program Experience


JET ImageIt’s late summer, and that means hundreds of new JET Program participants have recently started their new life in Japan. In this episode, I share my thoughts on what steps they can take to have an enjoyable and memorable Japan experience.

The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching 

Smile Kids Japan

Temple University Japan Testing Center

Monbukagakusho Scholarship Information









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Welcome to a special JET Talks Edition of the Let’s Talk Japan Podcast.  This episode features a panel discussion with the producers of “Kokoyakyu,” a documentary about high school baseball in Japan and the quest to qualify for the national summer baseball tournament at historic Koshien Stadium.  High school baseball in Japan is a national obsession, and the Koshien summer tournament is a wonderful event through which to gain insight into Japanese society.

The 96th National Summer Baseball Tournament will be played at Koshien Stadium beginning Saturday, August 9th, and will end with the championship game on Saturday, August 23 at 1pm (JST).  Here is a list of this year’s teams, a schedule of the games, and the internet live stream link.

Here are some other great Japan baseball related resources:

“JET Talks” is a speaker series organized by the JET Program Alumni Association of Washington, DC (“JETAADC”).   JET Talks is loosely modeled after the TED Talks concept and features dynamic and interesting speakers with the goal of inspiring innovative ideas and conversations on Japan-related themes.