Japan Radio Wellington
Past and Current Programmes
21 and 28 September 2018: Taeko Yoshioka Braid was among the women known as war brides. She married a Kiwi soldier in Japan and moved to Hawke’s Bay in 1956. In this programme Taeko is interviewed by Daiji Kataoka, and she tells of her early experiences in New Zealand, adapting to the new culture, helping out to connect Japanese businesses to New Zealand trade, and supporting other Japanese immigrants. She was also a speaker in the Japan Society of Wellington seminar in May 2018 about Japanese Immigrants’ Experiences in New Zealand. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/events/899133646956180/.
8 and 14 September 2018: This week's interview is with Matt Gerstenberger, a seismologist at GNS Science doing research on earthquakes.He frequently visits Japan, usually at the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. He will talk about his research there and about his travels in Japan.
24 and 31 August 2018: This week's interview is with Kohno Fumitaka, a rugby referee and rugby referee trainer. He will talk about his stay in Wellington and about rugby in NZ and Japan, including rugby refereeing education and forthcoming rugby World Cup in Japan.
10 and 17 August 2018: Interview with Rob Wilson, who started ghostfishing in Japan; he is the founder and lead diver of Ghostfishing NZ, a volunteer organisation which cleans up the seashore by collecting rubbish from the sea using divers.
27 July and 3 August 2018: Interview with Yuki Sugito, a Japanese high school student who participates in Kapa haka and whose team won second place in the Wellington Regional Kapa Haka Competition.
13 and 20 July 2018: Interview of Jason Cole, who spent time in Japan learning Japanese by listening to pop music. He even took part several times successfully in AKB pop band quiz competitions. He has passed level 1 Japanese proficiency test and will share his experiences in Japan learning the language and about the pop music scene in Japan.
29 June and 6 July 2018: Interview of Jo Hawes, Japanese language teacher in Upper Hutt College.
15 and 22 June 2018: Interview of three players of Nadeshiko, the Japanese women's national soccer team, which played against NZ on 10 June in Wellington.
1 and 8 June 2018: Interview of Mutsumi Kanazawa about her research on Japanese war brides in New Zealand.
18 and 25 May 2018: Interview of Daiji Kataoka, Japanese teacher at Wainuiomata College.
4 and 11 May 2018: Introduction to Japan Radio Wellington, and interview of Noriko Murakami about photo exhibition and seminar "Japanese Immigrants' Experiences in New Zealand."
This radio programme is organised by the Japan Society of Wellington.
The Japan Society of Wellington promotes understanding of Japanese language, culture, and technology in the Wellington region. It holds monthly meetings at the Japan Information and Culture Centre on Willis Street. We wanted to reach out to a wider audience via radio and podcasts to inform about Japanese related events, associations, and businesses in Wellington, and to link together people interested in Japan, including Japanese living or studying here.
The show's content is mostly easy listening Japanese, with English explanations added, lots of traditional and modern music and often a specific theme per episode. Different episodes will feature different amounts of Japanese and English, and music.
Listeners can contact us for comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme broadcasts fortnightly on Fridays, 6-6.30, with each episode repeated the following week.
Programme Producer: Ilkka Havukkala
Announcer, Interviewer, Theme Producer: Jerry Jewett
Interviewer, Theme Producer: Daiji Kataoka
We are grateful to Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund to have funded this pilot stage of the radio programme. We also want to thank Wellington Access Radio for their generous help.