Interview for the New British Association for Japanese Studies Podcast

I was recently interviewed for the new British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) podcast. The homepage for the podcast can be found here, and the link to the one that I was interviewed on can be found here. I was primarily interviewed, alongside Dr Helen Macnaughtan, due to currently being the President of BAJS. I don’t want to repeat what I said in the podcast, and would encourage you to have a listen to find out more about what BAJS does.

As mentioned this is the first BAJS Podcast. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been turning to podcasts, and so BAJS Council felt the time was right to develop a new podcast. Although I have listened to some podcasts in the past – with the one for Cincinnati Bengals fans in the UK, “CinciNatter“, being the one that I have most listened to (and indeed, I should give thanks to one of its hosts, Paul Hirons, who helped talk through some aspects of how to do a podcast when BAJS Council was formulating ideas on what to do) – I am not a regular user of podcasts myself. Yet. But I recognise that they have a role to play for many people and hope that the BAJS podcast will be useful for many people.

Going forward, I think Oliver Moxham, who was chosen to host the podcast, is planning on having more interviews with academics about their research and publications, with PhD students wanting to highlight what they are working on, and details about up-coming events. As well as a way to highlight the work of BAJS members and those who publish in the association’s journal, Japan Forum, the podcast is very much for BAJS members so I am sure that Dr Mara Patessio (BAJS’s Executive Secretary) and Oliver would be happy to receive suggestions about what else to include in podcasts or to hear from people who would like to appear on the podcast.

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