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Alicia and Mizuki investigate Japanese social issues, diving beneath oversimplified explanations to grasp the fuller picture of critical conversations on topics such as immigration, rights and obligations, and more. Join them in their journey to better understand the country they call home, as they try to make sense of their positions within Japanese culture. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/plus-eight-one/support
 
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Alicia and Mizuki are joined by Fridays For Future Japan member and college student Isao Sakai to discuss climate activism in Japan.Isao Sakai: https://www.instagram.com/isao.sakai_/NoCoalForOurFuture video: https://bit.ly/3qJaIvQFFF JapanWebsite: https://fridaysforfuture.jp/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fridaysforfuturejapan/Twitter: https:…
 
Mizuki and Alicia discuss the steps it takes for a bill to pass through the Diet and become law. Episode guide: https://twitter.com/plus81_pod/status/1356073470363222016 Watch the 2015 強行採決 video from the episode here: https://youtu.be/EsVyWNqCQJ4 Follow and Support +81: https://plus81.carrd.co/ Email: plus81.pod@gmail.com Music by Stone Stewart --…
 
This week, Alicia and Mizuki are joined by Keno Katsuda to discuss the 2016 blockbuster hits Your Name (Kimi no Nawa) and Shin Godzilla in the context of 3.11. Find Keno here: https://twitter.com/kenokatsuda Follow and Support +81: https://plus81.carrd.co/ Email: plus81.pod@gmail.com Music by Stone Stewart --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.f…
 
[CW: Transphobia] Alicia and Mizuki interview representatives from Justice for Pato-chan to better understand their efforts and demonstration marches in support of Pato-chan, a transgender woman from the Philippines who had been detained at the Immigration Services Agency of Japan (Nyukan) for over a year. They discuss Pato-chan’s case, the interse…
 
Alicia and Mizuki discuss the branches of the Japanese government as Japan prepares for a new Prime Minister. Mizuki guides us in learning how the different branches interact, what our power as citizens are, and the latest baffling turn of events as the LDP elects their new leader. Find and Support +81: https://plus81.carrd.co/ Email: plus81.pod@gm…
 
Alicia and Mizuki discuss the BLM marches in Tokyo and protests culture in Japan. What were the Tokyo marches like? Are marches/protests effective in Japan? What is protest culture in Japan like? How do they compare to other countries? BLM Tokyo: https://twitter.com/blmtokyojp BLM Kansai: https://twitter.com/blmkansai BLM Kyoto: https://twitter.com…
 
Alicia and Mizuki discuss the candidates for the Tokyo governor election! The two parse out each candidates’ stance toward key issues and histories to better grasp how the election fits into the greater Japanese political narrative. Listen to learn more about the differences between the opposition (ya-to) candidates, Utsunomiya Kenji (Utsuken) and …
 
Alicia and Mizuki tackle Japanese political parties in their latest episode. They discuss the ruling coalition (yo-to) and the opposition (ya-to), and their respective histories of separation, conversion, and bids for power. Check out the Episode Guide on our instagram to reference the the political parties' names, figures, and histories while you …
 
Live from their bedrooms (still): Alicia and Mizuki discuss the enforceability and legal aspects of the state of emergency in the context of the constitution, clashes between regional and federal governments, and the coronavirus financial aid packages. Update: the state of emergency now includes all 47 prefectures, and there are discussions in the …
 
In Part 2, Alicia and Mizuki continue to discuss foreign workers - specifically the nefarious Technical Intern Training Program (TITP). The two examine Japan’s declining labor force, the underlying issues of Japanese immigration policy, and how foreign workers and their working conditions affect Japanese people and their livelihoods. Find and Suppo…
 
Alicia and Mizuki discuss the different spheres foreign workers occupy in Japan, and how their visibility affects their vulnerability. Alicia talks about her work with POSSE, a labor rights NPO and their efforts to help foreign workers. Donate to help Brenda reclaim her passport! English Crowdfunding Page: https://gogetfunding.com/help-us-reclaim-a…
 
Live from Tokyo: Alicia and Mizuki quiz each other on Japanese mascots, then spiral into a conversation about their upbringing, identity, and how that affected the way they navigate Asian America. Find and Support +81: https://plus81.carrd.co/ Email: plus81.pod@gmail.com Music by Stone Stewart. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/plus-eight…
 
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