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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: April 23, 2020 (UTC)


Series Information

Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.

J-VOICES

This segment features real voices from foreign nationals living in Tokyo amidst the spread of COVID-19 in the city. What safety measures and actions do people think are needed to cope with the situation? Program host Maxwell Powers will catch the solutions called for in Japan.

Program host Maxwell Powers interviewing foreign nationals living in Tokyo
An empty street in Tokyo shortly after the state of emergency declaration by the government

J-BIZ

Insurance companies are best known for car and fire coverage, but their business environment has been seeing more diverse services change their conventional image. Examples include farming insurance, research on autonomous driving systems, big data analysis, and management of nursing facilities. This segment features a company’s strategy and new challenges in a rapidly changing society.

Sakurada Kengo, CEO of Sompo Group
Operator at a support center for self-driving car insurance service

J-TOWN

Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto City is undergoing reconstruction work after a major series of earthquakes hit the area in 2016. We’ll visit the castle and its surroundings with guides Takachiho Sakura, Kumamoto City FM radio personality, and local volunteer guide Yoshimura Tetsuo. This segment features the charms of Kumamoto, also known as the land of water, during a time of recovery.

Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Ezuko Park’s spring water

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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