Japan By River Cruise

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Summary

Investigative journalist, and author Jake Adelstein actually shows up to settle his beef with the boys, and also breakdown the David and Goliath story that is the FCCJ's battle over its Covid-19 Olympic Logo parody. Spoiler alert: Goliath has more money.

Show Notes

Investigative journalist, author, and all around terrible human being Jake Adelstein actually shows up to settle his very contentious beef with the boys, and also breakdown the David and Goliath story that is the FCCJ's battle over its Covid-19 Olympic Logo parody. Spoiler alert: Goliath has more money.

Plus, Ollie recommends a river cruise that might be just what the admiral ordered, and Bobby talks about the enormous (medical) advantages Japan's riverboats have over ocean liners.

Topics discussed on this episode range from:
  • Tourism plummeting 99.9 percent in Japan 
  • Who the 0.01% are
  • Why tourism is better without tourists
  • Matthew Perry (not the Friends one)
  • River Cruises being a safer bet for travelers because of their proximity to hospitals
  • Jake Adelstein’s yakuza expertise
  • The HBO TV series adaption of Jake’s book “Tokyo Vice”
  • What it takes to recreate 1999 Japan, when apparently, Jake was much, much handsomer
  • How none of us have met Ken Watanabe
  • How the “FAX JBRC” button is not actually a fax button, but WILL STILL CONTACT US
  • Why we may have expected too much analytical thinking from Brian
  • How our entire message policy has been largely wrongheaded since the beginning
  • What the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) actually is, and what they do
  • The state of freedom of the press in Japan
  • The FCCJ as a way to get global media coverage when the Japanese media won’t cover you
  • The Shiori Ito case and her press conference with FCCJ
  • Instances in which the Japanese press “doesn’t totally suck”
  • The FCCJ’s Internal newspaper The Number 1 Shimbun
  • A Covid-19/Tokyo Olympic mash-up (in parody logo form, and not in actual infected athlete form)
  • AN IN DEPTH DISCUSSION OF COPYRIGHT LAW IN JAPAN AND HOW IT APPLIES TO THE USE OF THE LOGO AS PARODY IN THIS CASE
  • Ollie’s thoughts on the strength of the FCCJ’s legal position
  • Why that really doesn’t matter, it’s all about the money
  • How The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee ended up giving a whole bunch of free publicity to this newspaper that they hate
  • How ironic it is that the TOKYO OLYMPIC LOGO IS CALLING SOMEONE OUT FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
  • Why “self-censorship” on the part of the FCCJ at the TOC’s suggestion is akin to “self-keeping your kneecaps intact” at the Yakuza’s suggestion
  • Dissension within the FCCJ about the decision to ”self-censor”
  • Which is MORE DAMNING for the president of the FCCJ: Being a member on the Olympic’s Media commission, or NOT REMEMBERING THAT HE is?
  • How going after the parody logo ensured that it would be more widely seen
  • Jake’s candidacy for editor of the Number 1 Shimbun
  • Other uses for the undistributable newspaper copies
  • The potential future of the FCCJ/press freedom in Japan, depending on how this controversy plays out
Topics discussed in the extras range from:
Exclusive to those who buy us a monthly coffee, download bonus content from this episode, including: 
  • Dynamics of police department and organised crime in a decade ago versus today
  • What the red light district in 1999 was like, and how that can be accurately portrayed on TV
  • Tokyo Vice set design
  • Who Jake called "a cancer on the face of journalism"
  • How many syllables in the word 'jurisprudential' 
  • When you could parody Banksy artwork
  • Banksy's gender 
  • The merits of holding the Olympics in the Summer
  • The Olympic budged and how cardboard beds didn't solve hundreds of millions of dollars of overspending
  • Jake's best ever journalistic scoop involving the VC of the Japan's Olympic committee
  • Whether yakuza have any personal image rights
  • The hottest of Japan's four seasons
  • Daft solutions to make the hot Japanese summer bearable for Olympic athletes. 
  • How punative law suits work in Japan
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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.