The Japan Considered Podcast Archive
August 2006

Weekly programs of analysis and commentary on Japan’s domestic politics and foreign relations. Role of the prime minister and cabinet, changes in Japan's domestic political environment, connecting voters and candidates, constitutional revision, and Japan’s relations with other Asian nations. These broadcasts are created by Japan Considered Project creator/maintainer, Robert Angel, and include short interviews with other specialists on Japanese politics and international relations

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Show Notes

August 25, 2006. Volume 02, Number 31.

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Welcome again to the Japan Considered Podcast. Today we return to Japan's international relations with brief updates on the Russian arrest of the Hokkaido fishing boat and negotiations for return of the crew, and the territorial dispute with Mainland China in the East China Sea. Following a quick look in on the LDP presidential race we begin our look at the Democratic Party of Japan. Focusing on three areas: leadership; diversity in membership; and agreement on unified policies for the Party. We conclude with response to a listener question last week about the origins of the Japan Considered Project and my qualifications to produce the podcast.

Finally, in response to several listener questions a week about the technical aspects of producing the podcast, I provide information about Bruce Williams' website and his "Building the Pod" podcast. You can find Bruce's material at An excellent site, highly recommended to those of you who wish to improve the sound quality of your production.


August 18, 2006. Volume 02, Number 30.

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Thanks for tuning in again. This is the week in which Japan celebrates its annual O-Bon festival. Folks leave the metropolitan areas to return home, there to commune with the spirits of their ancestors and with their extended families. Nothing much is supposed to happen, because Tokyo has become a ghost town of another sort. Well, that didn't happen this week. Lots going on, much of it of importance to our program.

This week we begin with a discussion of Japan's response to the incident in which a Russian patrol boat fired on a Japanese fishing vessel, off Hokkaido, killing one of the crewmen. Then we discuss the real significance of Prime Minister Koizumi's visit on Tuesday, August 15th, to Yasukuni Shrine. And we close with consideration of the role Prime Minister Koizumi will play in Japan's domestic politics and international relations once he leaves the premiership. It will be important, I think. And virtually nothing has been written about it in the Japanese political press.

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August 11, 2006. Volume 02, Number 29.

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Glad to have you back again this week. I've enjoyed a long ten-day vacation, traveling clear to the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. But it's good to be back with you to consider the longer-term significance of recent events in Japan's domestic politics and international relations.

This week we don't have time to cover international events since so much has happened in the LDP presidential race. Hopefully more time for that next week.

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