Author Rochelle Kopp shares what she learned interviewing people affected by Japan's re-entry ban for the Japan Times, and probably credits the buoys for getting Abe to lift that ban.
Ollie recommends a river boat business that might not stop for you unless you hold up a sign that says "Nihongo OK." Bobby asks hard questions about a boat that is taking a weird approach to a subsequent wave.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- Our favorite way to find out when other gaijin we hate are leaving
- Why Ollie is getting extra value out his masks and LESS value out of his personal grooming items
- What item in a tray of raw meat looks most like Ollie's chin
- How Japanese razor company "Feather" clearly didn't listen to our episode on sustainability
- Japan's new "no free bag policy" in practice
- Ollie's awesome and now largely irrelevant language hack for avoiding bags
- Another, cheaper way to avoid having to get a bag
- What Rochelle thinks about the rising covid figures, in light of our last discussion about how well Japan was doing with it
- One POSITIVE effect Rochelle has identified of the rising second wave
- How upset Bobby is that the Japan Times Staffers aren't answering his emails
- Abe's announcement about the gradual lifting of the re-entry ban, and what he did or did NOT actually say
- Who is still left out in the cold by the entry policies
- The ways in which people and some countries are protesting these policies
- French consultant and influencer Lily's experience trying to get back to France for her father's funeral
- How the experience has affected what Lily thinks about her future in Japan, and the respect that Japan fails to accord her as a resident
- The relatability of her story
- Does the Japanese culture of sacrificing personal life for a greater good tie into a lack of empathy around going home to see family, or is it just that they didn't take foreign residents into account?
- Visas for musical artists and the outrage about them
- Insights from Rochelle's interviews that she wanted to use in the article
- The privilege of BEING ABLE to decide that you don't want to seek life and employment in Japan, and the potential consequences for non-skilled foreign labor that don't have that privilege
- How Japan has ruined all of the work it did to try and attract foreign investments
- Is shooting yourself in the foot the new harakiri?
- Go To Travel
- Rochelle's experience with the transition to Kitakyushuu's all online classes
- How online teaching can further hamper class participation
- WHY live online teaching can create an unfair learning environment for students
- What Japanese companies and universities are trying to do to ensure equitability
- How online learning makes it easier to cheat/dodge classes
- BOBBY's HONG KONG JOKE THAT WAS TOO HOT FOR THE FINAL CUT
- The point at which having someone take a test for you becomes counterproductive
- creative zoom techniques that we have seen other people do online
- Rochelle's thought on Go To Travel
- Japan using English to Name their Stuff without being able to speak English
- Travel Trouble
- Bobby's conflicted opinions about the travel subsidies
- How and why Ollie likes to deny Bobby's identity
- Why Japan should not have jumped the gun, and listened to the epidemiologists
- How those same epidemiologists are saying that it seems like we're most likely to get through this
- What Rochelle thinks about herd immunity and vaccines for Covid-19
- Our horrible visions of the future for humanity
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What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.