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The Voncujovi Brothers: What is Vodu?

The Voncujovi Brothers: What is Vodu?

December 10, 2019

Episode 71 (Part 2 of 2): This episode is a continuation from Episode 70 featuring Ghanaian-Japanese brothers, Sena and Pele Voncujovi. In this episode, Sena (a Vodu priest) and Pele (a Vodu practitioner) give us insights into the West African spiritual and herbal practice of Vodu (also spelled Voodoo or Vodun). 

The influence of Christianity and Islam in the African continent has long been apparent. Subsequently, Vodu has been demonized globally. Many Ghanaians and other West Africans have denounced it as "satanic" and there are fewer and fewer priests and practitioners today.

Through their social media platforms "ReVodution" and "Afrikan Magick Temple", Sena and Pele's mission is to destigmatize Vodu and restore a lost pride among Africans. [Episode length: 36 minutes]

ReVodution - Facebook

Afrikan Magick Temple - Website | YouTube | Facebook 

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The Voncujovi Brothers: Black on Both Sides

The Voncujovi Brothers: Black on Both Sides

December 3, 2019

Episode 70 (Part 1 of 2): Sena and Pele Voncujovi are Ghanaian-Japanese brothers, who relocated to Japan from their home country of Ghana. Sena is a Career Development Coordinator at Ashinaga and Pele is a Marketing Analyst at Rakuten Mobile.

Both Sena and Pele, along with Oulimata Gueye, are co-founders of the group and community event called Jaspora. Jaspora aims to facilitate networking, learning and collaborating among people of the African diaspora (as well as their allies) with the purpose of accelerating contributions to the development of Africa.

In this episode, we chat with Sena and Pele about their educational background, biracial identity, and cultural experiences in both Ghana and Japan. Stay tuned for part 2 of this conversation (Episode 71) next Tuesday! [Episode length: 28 minutes]

Jaspora - Facebook | Instagram

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MyMizu: Japan’s First Free Water Refill App

MyMizu: Japan’s First Free Water Refill App

November 27, 2019

Episode 69: Robin Lewis and Mariko McTier are co-founders of MyMizu, Japan's first free water refill app. In this episode, we chat with Robin and Mariko about Japan's excessive use of PET bottles and learn how the MyMizu app is one simple step to help tackle a major environmental issue for Japan and many other countries. [Episode length: 31 minutes]

Would you like to support? Make a pledge to the MyMizu crowdfund campaign and download the app (iOS version)!

Follow mymizu - Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

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Supporting Foreign Entrepreneurs in Japan

Supporting Foreign Entrepreneurs in Japan

November 19, 2019

Episode 68: Miho Tanaka is a former public relations manager, who recently established her own company Startup Japan. Startup Japan's mission is to support foreign entrepreneurs with starting businesses in Japan. In this episode, Miho tells us what you should consider before starting your own business in Japan. We talk about different types of visas, legal advice, company bank accounts, and picking a location (city) to start your own company. [Episode length: 25 minutes]

Miho Tanaka - LinkedIn | Facebook

Startup Japan - Website 

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Women Who Code Tokyo

Women Who Code Tokyo

November 12, 2019

Episode 67: Tutti Quintella is the Director of Women Who Code Tokyo; a branch of the global non-profit organization Women Who Code. Tutti is also an engineering manager at the Japanese e-commerce company Mercari. In this episode, we discuss Women Who Code Tokyo's efforts to inspire and help women advance in the field of software engineering and other tech-related fields. [Episode length: 32 minutes]

Women Who Code Tokyo - Facebook | Twitter | Meetup.com | Website

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Failing Forward

Failing Forward

November 6, 2019

Episode 66: Ryan Aynz is a marketing & advertising executive for the data analytics company Nielsen; author of the blog Advertising in Asia; and founder of Tokyo Digital Marketing Bootcamp and Japan Advertising & Marketing community (JAM!)

Ryan has appeared as a marketing analyst on both Fox Business and Bloomberg News. He’s a seasoned entrepreneur, who has created six companies in the last 15 years. In episode 66, Ryan shares personal stories of career success and failure, and tells us his purpose for coming to Japan. [Episode length: 54 minutes]

JAM! - Website | Facebook

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Coercion

Coercion

October 30, 2019

Episode 65: Ocean Evers-Peete, also known by his music artist name, Dot.Kai, returns to the podcast to share a personal story about dealing with police and Japan's legal system. Ocean takes us through the details of what was suppose to be a fun night out with friends, but turned into a horrific year-long drama which includes being interrogated. He also shares a few lessons learned from this bad experience, which can be helpful for foreigners visiting and living in Japan. [Episode length: 52 minutes]

Dot.Kai - Instagram 

Check out Dot.Kai on Dosing's latest album titled "Dreaming of Sleeping".

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Tokyo Reporter

Tokyo Reporter

October 22, 2019

Episode 64: Brett Bull is the founder and chief editor/writer of the Tokyo Reporter; an English news site that offers salacious news bites on crime and culture in Japan. Japan is known as a relatively safe country with low crime rates (in comparison to other major countries). But heinous crimes and corruption exist more than one might imagine and Brett has highlighted the under side of Japan since 2008. His site has been featured inside a number of publications, including The Washington Post, CNN and Time Out Tokyo. [Episode length: 29 minutes]

Brett Bull (Tokyo Reporter) - Website | Twitter 

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A Trans Woman’s Story

A Trans Woman’s Story

October 15, 2019

Episode 63: Seralyn Campbell is Chief Executive Officer of VReS Inc., a Japanese tech startup company. She is also a photographer and former talent manager of Bangladeshi-Japanese model, TV personality, singer and actress, Rola.

In this episode, Seralyn details her social transition as a trans woman, which she decided to begin in Japan rather than in the U.S. We also briefly chat about her career as Rola's manager in Japan's entertainment industry. [Episode length: 1 hour 18 minutes]

Seralyn Campbell - @seralyncampbell | @seralyncampbellphotography

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Paternity Harassment

Paternity Harassment

October 5, 2019

Episode 62: Glen Wood is a 49-year-old Canadian and single father, who had been working as an Equity Sales Manager at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. (MUMSS). He filed a claim against the Japan-based brokerage, asserting that he had been the victim of "paternity harassment" initiated in 2015. He asked the Tokyo District Court to order the firm to reverse its decision to put him on unpaid leave (then fired him) and recognize his rights as a father.

The case has drawn considerable attention, both internationally and in Japan. It shines a harsh spotlight on one of the long-standing traditions of Japanese corporate society: harassment of employees, particularly those who become parents. [Episode length: 26 minutes]

How to support Glen Wood's stand for justice:

Join Glen at his court hearing on October 9th at Tokyo District Court (search "Support Glen Wood's Stand for Justice" on Facebook)

Sign the petition on Change.org for zero-tolerance for workplace harassment in Japan

Become a patron on Glen's "Zero Harassment" Patreon account

Visit Glen's website: patahara.com

 

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Dating in Tokyo

Dating in Tokyo

October 1, 2019

Episode 61: Chalice and Bri, both American women and Tokyo residents for 5 plus years, spill the tea about dating in Tokyo. We discuss their preferences in men, and dating Japanese men versus foreign men. [Episode length: 43 minutes]

Chalice - @afrodyty88

Bri - @tokyoburi

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Self-Validation

Self-Validation

September 24, 2019

Episode 60: Originally from Osaka, Mai relocated to Tokyo for a new job and to experience what the big city has to offer. In this episode, we chat with Mai about her experiences of being ostracized and bullied for not behaving and thinking like most Japanese. She details her internal struggles, stemming from a broken relationship with her mother, which also led to long-lasting suicidal thoughts and a deep need for self-validation. [Episode length: 53 minutes]

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