Indeed. I figured you knew me well enough. Hence no additional clues that I was joking.I’ll assume you were making a joke about “Hanzi”. (It’s “Hanzai”...the Japanese word for “Crime”)
Intellectually it makes sense. In a country of 127 million people there should be a big enough crime blotter to fill 10-20 minutes a week. It's still a tiny amount on a per capital basis.With the current news editions, when I first started this I really thought I would have trouble finding enough stories each week even to make a 5 minute mini-show. Turns out you can fill up 30 minutes and still leave lots of stories completely untouched... I also think the news stories can serve a very valuable function in that they show people the unvarnished Japan...Japan doing things they’d probably rather nobody else took a look at. The purpose of including the news stories isn’t to titillate or to show Japan being whacky or quirky...although that sometimes unavoidably happens...I’m trying to include news that gives a more complete context for knowing or understanding the place and the people, and showing people at their worst behavior certainly throws the polished and carefully curated PR image into sharp contrast. I let Japan show itself as it is when it thinks nobody else is looking.
I don't doubt it.I wish I had an intern. You wouldn’t believe the number of hours this eats up every week. I think it takes me at least 10 hours of work to create 20 minutes of a podcast, whether that be a historical case or a news roundup.
That's what I figured. If you could get more details you'd let us know.I include what details I can dig up. Not all the information I would like to have is available. Japan is still a bit behind on having all the old stuff you would like to have access to actually available. I’ve had several stories I started to do but had to drop because there was no information available on what happened in the end, regarding even such basic stuff as the outcome of a trial.
Yes, I meant anything related to Aum that may not have shown up in the Japan Times. There must be various Japanese-only stories out there about those events. Just a thought.I probably won’t do Aum, for the simple reason that it has been covered in English. My primary criterion for deciding which historical cases and which current news items to handle is that they not be available in English elsewhere (to my knowledge, anyway).
Hopefully you can turn this labor of love into something that yields pocket money. Win for you and win for the public. By the way in order to give added appeal to language learners you could throw in the occasional vocabulary word. For example you had a prime opportunity to introduce the term 援助交際 which every beginning student of Japanese should know. But you only mentioned the English translation.I would dearly love to have sponsors. I will be 100% frank and tell you that at some point it is going to have to generate some degree of revenue or it will be dropped like a hot rock. I am able to access the information that goes into the podcast for myself without going to all the effort and bother that goes into putting it into a digestible format for others and I am not so large-hearted or possessed of such a volunteer spirit that I will continue to spend 20 or more hours a week doing this forever if it doesn’t eventually bring in a few bucks. I have other things that I have put aside in order to try to get this going as a side source of income and if at some point that isn’t happening, I will put this aside and go back to those things instead.
You mentioned that abortion was illegal in 1930. If there was such a glut of unwanted babies, why was it illegal? And, when did it change and why?Episode 5 Earn Extra Money in the Comfort of Your Own Home
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There was such a glut of unwanted babies in part because it was illegal.You mentioned that abortion was illegal in 1930. If there was such a glut of unwanted babies, why was it illegal? And, when did it change and why?
The biggest challenge putting together the news reports is the often very vague nature of the original articles. Especially in the case of anything having to do with a crime of a sexual nature. Not that I think the Japanese consumer of news or the foreign consumer of news has any particular right to know all the details of what a victim was put through, but as a general thing they are so lacking in specifics that it is impossible to do anything except resort to the lame "engaged in lewd acts" in order to avoid the danger of just making it up. Often it is impossible to tell whether it was a solo lewd act, physical contact with the victim, both, or just what the hell took place.Not much trigger unless you use your imagination. The way these things are referred to in the podcast i.e. "lewd acts" doesn't bring to mind the actual horrors that are probably happening. As compared to how these things are referred to in the U.S. i.e. "criminal sexual conduct" or "criminal sexual assault" which sound much more serious.
Thank you very much. I will try to get that process started this week.I've been inspired to support you but paypal is still not set up
Thanks very much indeed for the very kind review of the podcast. I don't understand it myself, but I am given to understand that reviews increase search engine visibility and other things that help one particular show stand out above others and increase its chance of growing its listener base.