Japan Times journalist Magdalena Osumi joins the buoys to talk about Japan's priorities in reopening international travel, which can be summed up as "Let the money in, keep the foreigners out," even though, typically, it's the money that carries more germs.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- How Tokyo is doing as it prepares to engage with the second wave of the pandemic
- Which is greater 6ft or 40 km?
- The current working practices for journalists at the Japan Times
- How easy it is to make cheesecake? (bc wtfnot)
- How Ollie is (most-likely) eating cream cheese
- What TBeanpod stands for
- How many fingers Bobby has
- What Japanese foreign travel restrictions actually do
- How Japan doesn't care if you leave, but you'd better get permission to come back
- The people who happened to be out of the country when the ban was put in place
- How many people Magdalena has been in contact with who are in these various boats
- Why and how Japan draws the line between who is allowed in and who isn't
- What the differences are between the rights of foreign national and Japanese passport holders
- The ridiculous hypocrisy of the travel restriction policies
- What terminology is best to describe a non-Japanese foreign national legal resident expat gai(koku)jin
- How Japanese nationality is SO strong that they're not the foreigners no matter where in the world they are
- What constitutes the humanitarian grounds that allow for exceptions to re-entry
- The additions to the countries that are banned, and the additions to the exceptions for re-entry
- How there is no timeline for lifting re-entry restrictions for foreign residents
- BUT how business travelers are being prioritized, and Student visas holders are being screwed
- Whether or not this is related to what Japanese culture prioritizes on a larger level
- The potential broader effects of these policies
- Is it possible that the Japanese government introduces reactionary unimaginative policy without a critical analysis of the effects of those policies?
- IS IT?
- IS IT THOUGH?
- How the Japanese government sees/fails to see foreign nationals as a part of society
- And how we're not just moaning here, we've got legal precedent to back this up
- A bad way to make soup
Topics covered in the Extras include:
- What Japanese people tell Magdalena about her name
- The drawbacks to having a difficult Katakana name
- Good and Bad Ateji for our names
- Why Magdalena occasionally gets confused with a Japanese man
- Who Ollie gets confused with
- How Japanese expectations around language change the way they see people
- Why Ollie's Japanese is the way it is
- Why Magdalena finds working in a second or third language easier than doing it in her first
- A third or fourth telling of Ollie's tenji-block story
- Magdalena's insights into family law/child custody law in Japan and how they affect international families
- How Japanese cultural attitudes around family structure affect things like visitation rights/post divorce relations
- How Bobby once translated for a divorce mediation and what surprised
- What is the difference between the approach to visitation rights in Japan and in the West
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