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Tokyo on Fire is a video series on Japanese politics by the team at Langley Esquire. It focuses on news and (our) views on the latest issues, scandals, and policies. With weekly updates from our Tokyo-based team, we aim to deliver our audience a snapshot of Japan’s latest political developments.

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  • Another Scandal for Shinzo Abe? | Tokyo on Fire: Inside Baseball

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    For those of you who thought that the Moritomo Gakuen scandal could not be beaten (we sure did) - here is a new contestant! Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is again in boiling hot waters as this new scandal emerges. How closely was he involved in the creation of this new school? Will this be the scandal that takes him down? Shinzo Abe and the arrogance of power http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/201...

     

  • Russia & North Korea | Tokyo on Fire (with Dr. James Brown)

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    We are delighted to welcome Dr. James Brown and his expertise on Russian relations with Asia back to our show. In this episode of Tokyo on Fire, join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Brown in trying to decipher the enigma which is the North Korean regime. What is Russia’s approach to find a solution to the rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula? Will we see the regime change in our l...

     

  • “It’s good that it was Tohoku” Scandal | Tokyo on Fire

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    Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura told it was good that the natural disaster in 2011 had hit northern Japan (Tohoku) instead of Tokyo. This controversial comment "Tohoku de yokatta (Good it was in Tohoku)" resulted in his resignation. But was this justified or misinterpreted? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in another Tokyo on Fire discussion! Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bow...

     

  • Revision of Article 9 by 2020? | Tokyo on Fire: Inside Baseball

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    Welcome to our first episode of Tokyo on Fire: Inside Baseball! In this new series hosts Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek take a deeper dive into certain political topics. This week we start with the comments from Prime Minister Abe aiming to revise the constitution by the summer Olympics in 2020. Will the LDP be able to pull it off? Join us in this episode to find it out! Abe Reaches for a Co...

     

  • Introducing the New Tokyo on Fire Segment! | Tokyo on Fire: Inside Baseball

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    We are excited to bring you a new Tokyo on Fire segment! Stay tuned for new episodes soon! Subscribe to the Langley Esquire YouTube channel for more weekly videos! http://www.youtube.com/langleyesquire Tokyo on Fire is also available on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tokyo-on-fire!/id981400702?mt=2 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/langleyesquire To learn more about Langley ...

     

  • Introducing the New Tokyo on Fire Segment! | Tokyo on Fire: Inside Baseball

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    We are excited to bring you a new Tokyo on Fire segment! Stay tuned for new episodes soon! Subscribe to the Langley Esquire YouTube channel for more weekly videos! http://www.youtube.com/langleyesquire Tokyo on Fire is also available on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tokyo-on-fire!/id981400702?mt=2 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/langleyesquire To learn more about Langley ...

     

  • The U.S. - Japanese Space Programs | Tokyo on Fire (with Chris Blackerby)

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    This week on Tokyo on Fire, we welcome Chris Blackerby, the NASA Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Chris Blackerby in this episode where we discuss the Japan - US relationship in their mutual space programs. Japan to launch record 8 rockets in fiscal 2017 http://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Japan- to-launch- record-8- rockets-in- fiscal-2017...

     

  • LDP and DP in Trouble | Tokyo on Fire

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    Michael has returned! In this week's episode host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek catch up on all that has been going on in Japanese politics over the last month. Governor Yuriko Koike looks set to win big in the upcoming election. Will Prime Minister Abe maintain the LDP together or will it keep suffering defectors like the opposition party DP? Join the discussion in the comment below! Rulin...

     

  • USA - Japan Outlook | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    What is the outlook for USA-Japan relations over the next three months? Will president Trump get closer to China, Japan or Russia? Join host Timothy Langley, Dr. Nancy Snow and returning guest Glen S. Fukushima in another episode of Tokyo on Fire! Abe backs U.S. missile strike on Syria but might draw backlash from Putin http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/07/national/politics-diplomacy/abe...

     

  • Trump Diplomacy | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    Despite repeated 2012 tweets accusing former president Obama’s red line incident, this week President Trump launched missiles at Syrian airbases. Then, in an effort to double down on his hardline message, he has had the USS Carl Vinson sail closer to the North Korean coasts. What does this brand of Trump diplomacy mean for Japan? Join host Timothy Langley, Dr. Nancy Snow and returning guest Glen...

     

  • Anti-Conspiracy Bill | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    The third time is a charm! Prime minister Abe is trying once again to get his anti-conspiracy bill passed to protect the country against terrorism. However, opponents of the bill have voiced their concerns that it may end being used to oppress free speech in Japan. How likely is the bill to pass? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and returning guest Glen S. Fukushima in anot...

     

  • US-Japan Dialogue on Trade and Economy | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    We welcome Mr. Glen S. Fukushima back to the show to talk about the US-Japan dialogue on trade and economy in the Trump era. How likely is Prime Minister Abe to get a trade deal with Donald Trump? Will Japan be No.2? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and the returning guest Glen S. Fukushima in another discussion of Tokyo on Fire. Investment, jobs to be focus of talks http...

     

  • The Abuse of Foreign Trainees in Japan | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    Japan - with its declining demographics - is in a labor crisis. One solution has been to bring foreigners in to do low-skill (and sometimes high-skill) work under special immigration regulations. However, it has become apparent of the last years that this has been a scam, often resulting in abuse of the foreign trainees in Japan. Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and the ret...

     

  • The Nationalist Kindergarten Scandal | Tokyo on Fire

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    A nationalist kindergarten has sparked a scandal which has put the Abe administration in danger. The controversial school teaches students pre-war era ideologies, and has been heavily criticized for referring to Korean and Chinese nationals as “those with wicked ideas” and calling the latter “Shinajin” - which is a derogatory word for Chinese people. Will Prime Minister Abe make it through...

     

  • Relax - it’s Premium Friday! | Tokyo on Fire

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    Once a month at 3pm - work is over! This campaign was launched by METI (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to boost consumer spending and (maybe) give Japanese workers a chance to increase the very low birthrate. But how likely will this idea work? Is it just a PR stunt? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in another polarizing episode of Tokyo on Fire. Premium...

     

  • Trump & Trade in Asia | Tokyo on Fire

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    The first weeks of the Trump Presidency have been rocky to say the list. Yet, Prime Minister Abe still seems to long for the U.S. to return to the TPP table. How likely is this? And will Japan join the Chinese-led RCEP agreement instead? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in this Tokyo on Fire discussion. Abe-Trump summit eases fears but trade unresolved: U.S. congressi...

     

  • Japan's SDF, South Sudan & Somalia | Tokyo on Fire

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    We are pleased to welcome Mr. Bulhan Hersi, the representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to Japan. As Defense Secretary Inada faces difficult questions over SDF troops in South Sudan, what is the situation in the neighboring Somalia? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and guest Bulhan Hersi in this special in-depth edition of Tokyo on Fire! Defense Minister suggests word 'combat'...

     

  • The Trump-Abe Meeting | Tokyo on Fire

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    Prime Minister Abe's meeting with President Trump has been well received by the Japanese diet. Will the "Golf Diplomacy" keep the Japan-US ties strong for the next four years? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in another episode of Tokyo on Fire! Trump welcomes Abe with warm White House embrace http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/11/national/politics-diplomacy/trum...

     

  • The 2017 Budget | Tokyo on Fire

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    The diet has been in session for the past month trying to work out the budget for 2017. How is Japan scoring this year? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in another inside baseball episode. Elusive primary balance goals http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2017/02/01/editorials/elusive-primary-balance-goals/#.WKEd1BKLSRs ‘Amakudari’ scheme at ministry systemized by ’13, educatio...

     

  • Shinzo Abe’s re-election? | Tokyo on Fire

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    Up until the end of last year it seemed to be a given that Prime Minister Abe would be allowed to run for his third term. However the beginning of 2017 has shaken this up and it looks as if a new contender has emerged. Host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek share their take on the possibilities for 2017. Kishida’s stock rises as future leader after Obama’s Hiroshima visit http://www.japanti...

     

  • End of LDP-Komeito Alliance? | Tokyo on Fire

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    The LDP-Komeito alliance, one which has been strong for the past 16 years, might be coming to an end in the next election. Join us in this (very) inside baseball edition of Tokyo on Fire. Komeito an essential election partner for LDP http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/23/national/politics-diplomacy/komeito-an-essential-election-partner-for-ldp/#.WI60v7aLSRs Opposition parties could win ba...

     

  • James Mattis to Visit Japan | Tokyo on Fire

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    With President Trump moving into the oval office and implementing many executive orders, the new U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be visiting Tokyo next week. How will Japan and the U.S. continue their cooperation in the future? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in this episode of Tokyo on Fire. 'Mad Dog' Mattis to re-assure Japan, South Korea that Trump won't bite http://w...

     

  • Yuriko Koike Still Rising | Tokyo on Fire

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    We are back! Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike is gaining grounds in the political by moving toward creating her own party...despite still being a member of the LDP. How far will she be able to keep rising? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in this discussion. Koike political group to field some 40 candidates in Tokyo assembly election http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/07/national/po...

     

  • Snap Election Update | Tokyo on Fire

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    With the bilateral Russia-Japan relations cooling, Prime Minister Abe might not be riding on the wave of success that he expected for the potential snap election in January. Will the LDP still call it? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another episode of Tokyo on Fire! Another snap election? http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2016/10/21/editorials/another-snap-election/#.WC0iiu...

     

  • Tsunami Alert Success | Tokyo on Fire

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    Japan suffered from a 7.4 earthquake this week in the same area that was devastated nearly 6 years ago. This time, however, the response of emergency authorities was swift and efficient. Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another episode of Tokyo on Fire! M.7.4 quake was triggered by vertical split in undersea rock: experts http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/22/national/m-7...

     

  • Awkward Meeting between Putin & Abe | Tokyo on Fire

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    Prime Minister Abe has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss trade agreements and… the return of the northern territories? The atmosphere has changed substantially since the U.S. election results and the official visit of to Tokyo might be a little more awkward than expected. Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another episode of Tokyo on Fire! Possible impact to Japa...

     

  • Updates on the Trump & Abe Meeting | Tokyo on Fire

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    After the Trump-Abe meeting last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced this week that the U.S. would be leaving TPP “on Day 1”. What does this mean for the Japan-U.S. relations? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another episode of Tokyo on Fire! Trump vows to quit TPP ‘on day one’ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/22/business/trump-vows-quit-tpp-day-one/#.W...

     

  • The Trump and Abe Meeting | Tokyo on Fire (with Dr. Gerald L. Curtis)

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    On this week's Tokyo on Fire we are pleased to have a renowned veteran Japanese political expert Dr. Gerald L. Curtis. Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and Dr. Gerald L. Curtis in this discussion about the recent Trump - Abe meeting and what we can possibly expect as the US-Japan relations over the next 4-8 years. Abe: 'I have full confidence' in Trump http://asia.nikke...

     

  • Trump and Japan | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump: boon or bane for Japan? Plenty of uncertainties: Will the U.S. protect Japan in war? Is TPP dead? Join Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and this week's special guest U.S.-Japan relations expert Mr. Glen S. Fukushima to discuss this bombshell and our insights on the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship! President Trump? Among U.S. allies, Japan ...

     

  • Presidential Transition -From Obama To Trump- | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    In the next 10 weeks, U.S. President-elect Trump will be inaugurated and step into the White House. How will the transfer happen between President Obama and newcomer Donald Trump? Join Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and special guest U.S.-Japan relations expert Mr. Glen S. Fukushima to discuss the event! Trump wins U.S. presidential election in stunning upset http://www.japant...

     

  • U.S. Election Results | Tokyo on Fire (with Glen S. Fukushima)

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    In an unexpected turn of events, Donald J. Trump has been elected as the 45th U.S. President. Join our discussion, analysis, and debate on perhaps the most surpirising political event of 2016. This week, we have the pleasure of welcoming U.S.-Japan relations expert Mr. Glen S. Fukushima to Tokyo on Fire. Nikkei falls 5.36% on Trump’s shock win in U.S. election http://www.japantimes.co.jp/new...

     

  • Yet Another Nobelist for Japan | Tokyo on Fire

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    On Monday, Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy. This process helps the body remove unwanted proteins. Japan has had a steady number of nobelist over the last decades, and it has become a point of pride for the nation. But with young people becoming less and less interested in the hard sciences, will we continue ...

     

  • The LDP Dodges a Bullet | Tokyo on Fire

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    Prime minister Abe has dodged a bullet with last Sunday’s double victories in Tokyo and Fukuoka. But as a result of winning in the capital, Koike Yuriko’s popularity and power is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. She has been revisiting promises and terms made by the capital to the olympic committee, which has in return threatened to move some events to South Korea. Will prime minister Abe h...

     

  • Duterte, Prince Mikasa and Halloween | Tokyo on Fire

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    So much is happening this week in Japan! First of all, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made an official visit to discuss relations with Japan and his growing reluctance to work with the U.S.A, favoring instead China. Secondly, as we were about to start filming the death of Prince Mikasa was announced. The prince was the younger brother of emperor Hirohito and was 100 years old. Lastly, Ha...

     

  • What Constitutional Revision? | Tokyo on Fire

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    Revising the constitution? Who said that? Did you say that? I don't remember anyone saying anything! This week the LDP has backtracked from their 50-year-old dream of changing the Japanese constitution. But why would Prime Minister Abe suddenly get cold feet after finally getting two thirds majority in both Lower and Upper houses? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in this episode to ...

     

  • More on Death by Overwork | Tokyo on Fire

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    In this episode we revisit the Death by Overwork problem which has plagued Japan's brand for many years. Is the government working towards a solution? Or will this topic stay a favourite amongst Western journalists looking for an easy story? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in this episode to find out more about karoshi and possible solutions. 2014 death of overworke...

     

  • Thorny Elections for the LDP | Tokyo on Fire

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    This weekend we will see the election of the Niigata Governor - which seems mundane for the isolated prefecture on the western side of Japan. But it actually holds a lot of weight for Japanese LDP politicians as the discipline in the ranks start to whither. Will the likely January elections be a guaranteed win for Prime Minister Abe? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another lively...

     

  • 3 Important State Visits | Tokyo on Fire (with Toshio Nagahisa, Ph.D.)

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    In the coming weeks Japan will host the visits of 3 important foreign state leaders: Phillipines ever-so-calm president Rodrigo Duterte, Brazil's Michel Temer and Jordan's King Abdullah. How will each of those visits affect Japan? Join Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek, Dr. Nancy Snow and Dr. Toshio Nagahisa to discuss the likely outcome of meeting! Philippine president, Jordan king, Brazil presi...

     

  • Wasabi Terrorism | Tokyo on Fire (with Toshio Nagahisa, Ph.D.)

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    In the last few weeks 2 incidents have impacted Japan's image of friendliness towards tourists... Firstly - a Japanese sushi chain is being called out for seasoning-linked “terrorism” and “hate crimes” against foreign customers. The chef have been accused of hiding excessive and inedible amounts of wasabi in food served to foreigners. The second incident comes from a conductor who blamed ...

     

  • Death from Overwork | Tokyo on Fire (with Toshio Nagahisa, Ph.D.)

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    On December 25th 2015, a 24-year-old woman who worked for advertising giant Dentsu Inc committed suicide. This week the death was ruled as "Death by Overwork" after it was found she logged around 105 hours of monthly overtime. In this episode Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow welcome Dr. Toshio Nagahisa to Tokyo on Fire to talk about the issue of productivity and overworking in Ja...

     

  • 1000 Subscribers! THANK YOU!!! | Tokyo on Fire

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    We have just passed the 1,000 subscribers mark! The entire Tokyo on Fire team would like to thank you all for your wonderful support and comments. We love doing the show and hearing your feedback. Keep tuning in for more weekly episodes and let's take it to 10,000! Also, we are deadly serious: there is a sweepstakes and if you send us a postcard (postmarked by October 31, 2016), you might be sel...

     

  • Fractures in the LDP? | Tokyo on Fire

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    When Yuriko Koike decided to run in the election to become Governor of Tokyo, she did so without asking for permission in "the proper way”, creating a lot of discord among the LDP ranks. Entrepreneurs and opportunists are getting ready to jump ship. Will Koike's rise continue, and will she go on to create her own party? Host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek work out the possible scenarios. R...

     

  • Japan & Dual Citizenship | Tokyo on Fire

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    After her success in becoming the leader of the opposition Democratic Party, Renho has been faced with a constant stream of accusations of being a foreigner (gasp!) by not having correctly renounced her Taiwanese citizenship. Is she really at fault for not disclosing this? And how problematic is it to have two passports in Japan anyway? Host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek clarify the issue....

     

  • Snap Election in January 2017? | Tokyo on Fire

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    For the past few months we have been predicting the possible snap election in January of next year - but how realistic has this prediction become? Prime Minister Abe - who currently has a majority in both houses - and therefore should be passing his long loved constitutional revision - seems to be focusing on other matters (the possible discord within his own ranks?). Host Timothy Langley and Mi...

     

  • Japan's Female Political Leaders | Tokyo on Fire

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    With Renho, Yuriko Koike and Tomomi Inada all rising to power in the last few months, Japan is joining the rest of world in having a strong female presence amongst its top ranks. But does this reflect on the general population or is this just a smoke screen? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in this discussion of feminism in Japan! Women gain a new political leadershi...

     

  • PM Abe - More of the Same? | Tokyo on Fire

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    Prime minister Abe called for an extraordinary session of the diet, with a possible election in early 2017. Are we set for more of the same or is there political turmoil on the horizon? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in this episode! Abe opens extra Diet session, urging action on Constitution and TPP: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/26/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-opens-e...

     

  • Nearly at 1000! | Tokyo on Fire

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    We are getting closer to our 1000 subscriber goal! A warm thank you is in order to all of you for your wonderful support, likes and comments. We are going to be launching Tokyo on Fire 3.0 soon, so please let us know if you have ideas on improving the show further! Subscribe to the Langley Esquire YouTube channel for more weekly videos! http://www.youtube.com/langleyesquire Tokyo on Fire is a...

     

  • Renho to head Japan's DP? | Tokyo on Fire

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    Elections for a new leader for the Democratic Party are underway, and Upper House member Renho is currently the top contender. Her bid for leadership has raised issues surrounding her mixed heritage and potential dual citizenship, a topic that has set social media aflame. Will she overcome these hurdles to become the first female (and mixed race) leader of the DP? Join host Timothy Langley and Mi...

     

  • Is this the End of Tsukiji? | Tokyo on Fire

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    Upon returning from her trip to Rio, newly elected Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike declared that the scheduled Nov. 7 relocation of the world famous Tsukiji Market to a new location in Toyosu would be delayed indefinitely. In a first-ever for Tokyo on Fire, we took our crew and went to Tsukiji to do exclusive interviews with tenant wholesalers. Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for a great...

     

  • North Korean Missiles... Again | Tokyo on Fire

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    North Korea - perhaps feeling left out - demanded attention by launching a few missiles into Japan's EEZ - luckily not hitting anything. The launch occurred right as the Chinese government were welcoming the G20 leaders. Will the DPRK stop testing boundaries anytime soon? Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in this dialogue! Subscribe to the Langley Esquire YouTube channel for more wee...