Bacteria Soup

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Spy balloons, balloons, bubbles, pop news.

Spy balloon news, goddamn.

All right, spy balloon news.

China has said that the spy balloons are not their balloons in Japan.

The government has said if we have a balloon

in our airspace, we’re gonna shoot it down.

We’re gonna pop that balloon.

Then China said, don’t attack China’s stuff.

And we’re like, hey, you just said it

has not your balloon, so if we blow it up,

it’s not as cool, man.

Clearly, people don’t realize the contradictions we’re making.

But I’ve been following a very weird story.

A giant metal orb has washed up on the shore of Japan.

It’s a 1.5 meter metal ball has washed up on a beach

and resident discovered it on a morning walk and called the police.

‘Cause now we have so much circular oriented,

terrifying news.

It must be a spy device.

Another person rolled up and said, “It’s been there for like a month.

“I tried to push it back in the water.

“It was too heavy.

“Is it a UFO?


“Is it a spy balloon?

“No, ’cause it’s metal, so it’s not gonna float.

“Is it a gorilla egg?

“A Godzilla egg is one of the ideas.

“Is it some people were speculating “that it was a Godzilla egg?”.

And then some people were very worried that it was a mine.

World War II bombs.

World War II mines still show up in Japan.

Like they were excavating to build a new

building and they found an unexploded bomb.

This has happened like recently in like the last year.

Turns out they, so the police show up.

They’re all real stressed out about this.

They show up and they’re like, “What is this metal ball?”

And they X-ray it and it’s hollow.

So it’s just like a magic metal ball.

No, it’s not.

It’s just a boy.

A buoy, if you wanna be very technical.

This of course, has gotten everyone all freaked out

because anything now that is circular and just not accounted for,

basically it was a buoy from the ocean, it got free and it floated around.

That’s it.

That was an entire week’s worth of news.

that people did not seem to logically think through.

But further, balloon-oriented news.

Japan has a commercial space viewing tiny bubble.

And so what they have is this little bubble.

It’s also 1.5 meters in diameter.

It’s actually the same size as the ball

from the previous story, which is a little coincidental.

I don’t know because it’s not.

It is coincidental.

Basically it’s a little ball.

They’re gonna connect to a balloon

and fly you up into space so that you can view space.

You’re not gonna leave the atmosphere,

but you’re gonna get into, I believe, the stratosphere.

So when you look out, you’re actually gonna see the earth.

You can see the curvature of the earth.

This will, I actually wanna get flat

earthers into this bubble and bring them up

and then see what they say when they come back down.

But you’ll be able to see, sorry, Dave’s on my lap.

You’ll actually be able to see space.

So this is the kind of thing I is like a science fiction fan

and really into, I would really love to do this.

It’s safe, economical and gentle for people.

It has two seats, one for a pilot and one for a passenger.

Its airtight cabin can go up 25 kilometers.

It’s the balloon’s gonna be powered by helium.

So you’re gonna be able to float up into the sky,

gently float back down as the idea.

This is gonna cost 24 million yet at first.

Now the plan is to bring it down.

And the guy said, two several million yet.

The average salary in Japan is four to five million yet a year,

which means for the normal person, this is unavailable.

This is going to be half a year salary to be able to fly up into space.

Now if it gets really popular and really common, maybe it does get cheaper.

The thing is, so this is a 1.5 meter diameter.

I am 1.84 centimeters tall.

I don’t believe this is designed from my comfort.

I think this ball has been designed for by Japanese people,

kind of for Japanese people.

I don’t think they’re taking size into account for other people.

I just look so tiny.

And then my thought is, it’s a ball suspended by a balloon

and it goes up and there’s a problem with the balloon.

I assume it has parachutes?

I don’t know, man, it’s terrifying.

I don’t think I’m ready for this.

Even if it is like, as they say, perfectly safe.

And very gentle, ’cause you’re gonna float up

and float back down.

I don’t know.

I just, for me, it was too scary.

I don’t think I’ll be doing it.

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There was a year bookmaker and they did some surveys

and they found that 40% of kids want their pictures photoshopped.

So we didn’t have Photoshop when I was in high school,

which makes me think, what do we do?

What do we do?

But 80% of parents don’t want their kids pictures photoshopped.

Which means there’s 20% to do.

I guess 40% who want their pictures photoshopped is not.

That’s the minority.

60% don’t care.

But what they’re actually saying is most pictures

in the yearbook, like sort of not planned,

just out in the wild photos from your school year.

All the kids are gonna be wearing masks.

You’re not gonna be able to see their faces.

So I’m wondering what they’re saying is,

I’d like my face photoshopped onto my own face

so that you don’t have a picture of me wearing a mask.

‘Cause over the pandemic, every sort of photo.

of kids that would go into a yearbook

has actually had all their masks on.

Which is kind of sad.

It’s something I hadn’t thought about.

That’s actually why I found this story interesting.

‘Cause it’s kind of sad that these kids,

most of their memories are going to be with a mask.

Which is pretty crap.

But your books are kind of becoming a thing of the past.

80% of students use social media for memorable moments.

So what they’re saying is, they take pictures of them and their friends,

they stick it on social media.

The problem with social media is it’s designed.

for you to be adding to it, adding to it, adding to it.

My wife, my family, they take thousands of pictures

and they don’t do any organization of them.

They’re just like reams and reams of pictures.

And when you ask someone to show you a picture,

they always take like five minutes to find it.

So Booty Scratcher 4 just says, “I have a three year old son

“that I’d hate to make him cover his face in photos.”

Yeah, and when he gets older and goes to school,

he’s, I guess, maybe in the next couple of years,

’cause the mandate for masks in Japan is going away in March.

Which means you don’t have to wear a mask.

But thing is, I’m thinking about pandemic kids.

The kids who have just spent the last three years.

My daughter’s 13, she has spent three years.

And three years of your life when you’re 13

is a significant portion of your life wearing a mask all day every day.

She’s actually gotten very used to not showing her face.

And I think she might prefer to wear a mask

’cause she’s self-conscious about it now.

So we have this whole generation of

kids now who grew up during the pandemic.

We have what I’m essentially calling pandemic babies.

Kids who were like three or four when the pandemic started.

And they spent one or two years essentially an isolation with no interaction

or physical contact.

When we get those, like, I work at an English teaching school,

when those kids get any sort of physical contact, they get super excited.

Because they just haven’t been, you

know, they don’t wrestle, they don’t touch,

they don’t like high five,

they don’t do any of that anymore.

So any physical contact to them is super, super exciting

and encouraging.

Yeah, I’m thinking there’s gonna be this generation of kids

it just has a very different way of thinking about human interactions.

And with the stories of Japan’s declining birth rate

and stuff, actually, it’s one of the stories coming up later.

Like, their whole world is gonna be different.

Oh, my heater.


Oh, sorry Dave.

Dave freaked out when I had to press the button.

All right, all right.

No, Dave’s not gonna sit down again.

You’re gonna go down.

I have to make a decision now.

We have to pause the podcast so that Dave can decide

if he’s gonna sit down again or get down.

I cannot do the podcast with Dave’s just standing on me.

This is something I’ve realized.

I have to now put my entire life on pause.

Dave is, yes, Dave is adorable,

but Dave is also a huge pain in the ass

’cause Dave often doesn’t make good decisions.

Look at the camera.

That’s he, nothing.

Dave is an independent king in the world.

and takes commands from no one.

All right, what he does like those getting his head scratched.

Look at that.

Oh, okay.

All right, Dave.

I have tried to play Elden Ring with Dave and I can play the game.

I cannot fight a boss.

I cannot fight a boss with Dave standing on me.

It’s too hard.

All right.

Buddy, the whole point in me doing this is I can get it done.

So I’m gonna have to.

Ah, are you keeping him or her unneutered on purpose?

Like, so you can have babies or is this just like,

’cause it’s a young dog.

What, Dave just went mad?

I’m afraid I’m choking him.

But he didn’t react so.

We’ll do a little scratch break and then I’ll get on to the next story.

Okay, still too young for that.

That makes sense.

We got Dave, Dave was already like five when we got him.

He’s got like an epic backstory.

His origin story is awesome.

All right, Dave, though, you gotta get down.

Nah, I mean, it’s worth doing.

You don’t wanna have accidental babies.

That’s actually gonna be the worst thing.

Okay, Dave, can you get down?

You sit in front of the heater.

All right.

Now he just stands here.

He just stands here pushing against my chest.

I think it’s ’cause it’s warm, but then we were so settled.

What about,


Now he’s gonna walk around and piss me off.

All right, now I gotta get, I gotta do the podcast.

We got people in the world who wanna know about Japanese news.

Where were we?

80% of students use social media from memorable moments,

which I actually find kind of sad

because to me, social media seems almost impermanent.

60% of the kids use Instagram, 58% use line.

Line is a messaging service that’s in Asia.

It’s not necessarily popular in North America.

It’s a good service, but it’s one of those ones where they have everything.

I think all the meshes in service, I

think all the services now are the same.

They all have photo sharing, they all have messaging,

they all have different kinds of things.

Twitter and TikTok was 13.5%.

Yeah, there’s a whole generation of kids growing up now

that the pandemic has affected the way.

they see their own face because they’ve

spent all their public time with a mask on.

So what point do you like?

They’re gonna have to almost force them to not wear masks

so they get used to not wearing a mask

when they’re hanging out with each other

because a lot of kids are actually saying that they’ll wear a mask,

they’ll actually be more comfortable out in public

with a mask on them when they’re mask off,

which is a whole different sort of way of thinking for me.

There’s been another rush on products in Japan.

So I gotta get the name out.

Ryu Kaku-San is a herbal candy.

And apparently this happened a couple weeks ago

with a Pavaron-Pavaron cold medicine.

So basically there’s some kind of medicine

in Japan and there’s a rumor in China

that this is really effective against coronavirus

and then Chinese people come to Japan and they buy it all.

It’s not, it’s like cold medicine

so it will help with a cough, it’ll help with symptoms

but it doesn’t actually prevent coronavirus.

But the way it’s being sold on social media in China.

is that it actually will defend or help against coronavirus

so they buy it all because they’re also terrified of coronavirus.

They’ve just stopped the like zero COVID policy in China

which actually means they’ve gone through

a little burst of coronavirus.

So this has happened again this week.

I’m gonna have to get rid of the dog if I want to run a successful podcast.

That is what I’ve learned.

That is the only thing I’ve learned from this experience

is that if you have family or an animal or anything,

they will absolutely interrupt you when you try to run a podcast.

I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of episodes

and the only problems I’ve had have been my children, my wife and the dog.

Yes, we’re great friends.

Can you just stop?

Go to sleep.

Okay, yeah, you wanna go out, go out there.

Okay, go.


I can keep them out, he’ll be back in like two minutes.


So Ryukakusan, herbal throat candy and Ryukakusan,

it actually sounds like a moving street fighter.

Ryukakusan, throat refreshing tablets.

These are herbal remedies.

So of course they’re not going to stop coronavirus.

They’re designed for coughs and sore throats.

And even the manufacturer says these are not medicine.

It’s just like a candy that helps soothe your throat.

But a rumor’s gone around in China

that this is going to stop coronavirus.

So Chinese people will come to Japan

and they’re actually buying it all up.

It’s good in that, you know, this company’s making a ton of money,

but it’s bad in that, you know, Japanese

people can’t get their throat candy.

I am a foreign resident in Japan.

I’m a permanent resident because I’m married and I have kids.

So they gave me a permanent visa.

That’s actually interesting.

‘Cause a lot of people like it’s hard to get, I don’t want citizenship.

I don’t wanna lose my Canadian passport or my British passport.

Whereas Japan, you can’t have dual citizenship.

So I would not actually want to become Japanese,

which some people like kind of want to do.

But because I’m a permanent resident of Japan,

but not Japanese, therefore I cannot vote.

So it has come up, should, this comes up almost every couple of years.

Should foreign residents be allowed to vote?

Not vote for like prime minister and stuff, but vote in like referendums.

So basically I pay taxes,

but as a permanent resident, I pay taxes,

I work here, I pay income tax, all this other stuff.

So do I get to vote in anything?

The answer is no.

In the government, only 16% of assembly

members even wanna have the conversation.

So not only do Japanese people, government-wise,

wanna have foreign people have their input,

only 16% even wanna have the conversation.

You can assume that 16% is the ones that actually think

that foreign people who live in Japan should have a say.

Everyone else, the 74%, or is it 84?

Yeah, 84% don’t even wanna have the conversation.

Because it gets to a point where it’s like,

well, if they pay taxes and they live here

and they do all the stuff they’re supposed to do,

shouldn’t they have a say in how society is run,

whereas their actual feeling is no.

But then they have to come out and say no, which makes them look racist,

and you can’t look racist anymore.

There was one I came to Japan.

It was perfectly acceptable to just come out and say,

I don’t believe foreign people should have

basic human rights in Japan because they’re not Japanese.

So it should be Japanese first, four and a second.

Now society has shifted enough that that’s

not acceptable for a politician to say.

So a bunch of politicians have gotten in

trouble for saying vaguely racist things,

and then going like, what, it’s just foreigners?

So when they talk to the other percentage

that didn’t even wanna have the conversation, 50%,

56% said, I can’t say why we shouldn’t have the debate.

Because if the second part that they don’t say,

’cause if I say what I think, I’m gonna sound racist.

24% say they don’t think we should pursue it further,

’cause this is already a settled thing, why should we talk about change?

And that’s an interesting position for a politician to take

that we should not even consider change.

And about 2% of the Japanese population in Japan right now is not Japanese.

So when I came to Japan, it was 1% of the population was non-Japanese.

That’s actually mostly Chinese and Korean people.

They come here for work and whatnot.

There’s a lot of Filipinos as well

in the healthcare sector.

But it’s doubled, I mean, 1 to 2% is not very much,

but it has actually doubled in the time up in Japan.

This is a civil rights issue.

And then the people who are arguing for it

are saying like, this is about, you know,

you’re right to have your voice heard in society.

This is about civil rights.

But again, the average Japanese person

doesn’t consider a foreign person as having a civil rights.

as a reasonable request.

‘Cause if you want that, you should go back where it came from.

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Talked about low-key racism in Japan a few times.

I actually wanna have a conversation with

one of my other friends who lives in Japan.

about it like our experiences.

‘Cause I’ve never had that many direct racist experiences

but low-key in society, it’s just there bubbling under all the time.

We have a couple of exciting arrests.

This is a thing called specialized fraud,

which is a thing I’d never heard of before.

And it’s where you gain someone’s trust using remote means.

So basically that you either contact

them on the Internet or on the telephone.

This was interesting to me because it was different

from just fraud where you just go out

and straight lighten people to their face.

You gain their trust first and then you sort of have like a whole,

it’s more like a calm I think, is specialized fraud.

But this was a 15 year old girl called up an old lady

who was in her 70s impersonating a municipal employee

saying, “You have a government refund coming.

We need to make a new bank card for you.

So we’re gonna have a representative show up at your house

and they will help you make a new card.”

And then using that, we can get you your refund.

So then the 15 year old dressed up in a suit

went to the old lady’s house, got her original bank card

at an ATM information, went to the bank and withdrew half a million yen.

The police are looking at this as like a

ring, but I’m wondering, ’cause this is not

so the information they gave.

When you’re not of legal adult age, the

police don’t release any information about you

because you’re under age.

But also in Japan there’s almost no punishment.

So she’s gonna get a slap on the wrist.

She’s gonna get introuble, but she’s actually not gonna go to prison.

She’s not gonna be punished properly because she’s a minor.

And I’m thinking maybe there’s a ring of people

who are now kind of recruiting underage people

to commit these crimes because they don’t get punished

the same way as if let’s say I as an adult did it,

I would go to prison for X amount of years.

And that might be like a new style crime

because you now have the stratification of society

where you have really, really old people,

which is a majority of the people in Japan.

You have young people who are facing limited

options and what they can do for work.

Turning to a life of crime while you’re

under age, actually because of the leniency

of the Japanese criminal system is not a bad idea.

I hate that I do this so regularly on Ninja News Japan.

I give good criminal advice, but it’s

’cause I think about it in a logical way.

And if you’re gonna commit a crime in Japan,

you should absolutely do it while you’re under age

’cause you basically won’t be punished.

And then when you turn to an adult,

that gets expunished, your record doesn’t exist anymore.

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I enjoyed this one weirdly.

A man was arrested because at a company

party, so they had some kind of like,

let’s say a New Year’s party or something like that.

A woman got up from the table,

so this is probably like one of those ones where you sit on the floor.

She got up and she went to get some more food or something.

A man reached over, grabbed the back of her

pants and pulled them down to her knees.

Now she was of course embarrassed.

She, the man started laughing.

All the other men at the table started laughing.

And I was like, what is the crime here?

Because it’s clearly actually,

you should not be like ripping off other people’s clothes,

but of course them being a group of men who were probably drunk at the time,

they all thought it was hilarious.

The man is being brought up on sexual assault charges.

And I’m really glad she pursued this because this is, again,

when I talk about low-key racism in Japan as a society,

low-key sexism is right on its heels.

Like as much progress as they may have made, it’s not very much overall.

The man’s defense though is a classic Japanese man’s defense.

It’s, I didn’t do it.

I was drunk and I don’t remember.

Now those are actually conflicting statements.

I was drunk and I don’t remember conflicts with I didn’t do it.

Because if I was drunk and I don’t remember,

that means there is just as much chance

that I did it as I didn’t.

I don’t remember, isn’t complicit with being drunk.

I know they often go together,

but I think what’s actually happened is he remembers doing it.

He remembers getting the big laugh

and everyone thinking he’s awesome for about two minutes

and then he remembers the police showing up

and telling him he’s sexually assaulted a coworker.

It’s gross.

It’s gross behavior, but of course in

the moment, everyone thinks it’s hilarious.

But at a company function, there’s no way he should get away with that.

His boss should have actually torn him a new one

and I bet his boss was sitting there laughing with everyone else.

I was wondering though if there could be a secondary charge.

because it’s not sexual harassment if they all sit there and laugh.

So maybe officially the police would struggle to do anything with that,

but the company could actually come down pretty hard

on anyone who found that amusing, which would be interesting.

I don’t think that’s gonna happen.

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One of the bigger stories this week, just the last couple days.

This is Ryokan.

Ryokan is an old-style Japanese hotel.

They are often connected with hot Springs.

Now, I knew that hot Springs overall were not actually pumped in

from a real hot spring going through a volcano and stuff.

I knew it was like, “Go through machines,” and whatnot.

But I didn’t think about this.

So the Ryokan has only been changing its hot spring water twice a year,

which means that essential bath water gets pumped in,

gets pumped out, goes through a heater, gets pumped in again.

And I always thought, “Ah, you sort of think,

“it’s hot enough, it’s gonna kill anything in the water.”

But that is obviously not the case, otherwise it wouldn’t be a news story.

Legionella is a bacteria, and it was 33,700 times the legal limit.

in the water at this Ryokan, which means you are bathing in bacteria soup

if you get in that.

And this is actually really put me off.

the hot Springs, because what assurance do I have?

They say, since 2019, they’ve been telling everyone,

“Oh, we changed the water regularly, it’s clean.”

We put the proper amount of chlorine in it.

They haven’t.

So they haven’t been changing the water, and

they haven’t been putting in the chlorine

to kill everything.

They have been accused of lying.

They came out with an apology.

I think it’s really, really hurt.

Last week on “Injoon-Japan,” we had the creepy, gross men

who would go up in a mountain and get a telephoto lens

and video women bathing in public baths.

This, now you have a combination.

Not only could I be naked in public and someone actually videos me,

but I could be bathing my body in a bacteria soup,

which now has made something I really enjoyed.

I really used to enjoy going to public baths.

One of my most positive experiences in Japan

was getting a private hotel with a bath on the balcony.

So it was called a hot spring, but I know it was just a bath.

And now I might not want to do that again.

And it’s so gross, but it is also just the reality

of shared bathing.

That place is probably gonna get shut down.

I can’t see anyone going there again in the future.

(phone ringing)

Japanese study on the climate impact of cow-burps.

Now I mentally thought, “Ah, cow-burps,

“I mean, you mean farting’s bad, burping’s bad.”

But this is just cows, this is nothing.

Turns out that one cow can equal 1.7 cars.

So the cow, the methane they produce through burping and farting,

could be a major cause of global warming,

’cause we all eat a lot of meat.

And so they’re trying to find some way to offset

the climate impact of the methane that cows produce.

So they’re designing stomach sensors.

And they put these sensors into the cows.

They’re gonna use AI to monitor methane emissions made by cows.

And the goal is to cut cow methane emissions by 80% by 2050, which is great.

I didn’t think about any of this.

I didn’t realize any of it.

So this is actually all new information to me.

How they come up with this solution is amazing.

Cashew nut shells mixed into cow feed

produces a healthy acid in the stomach and not methane.

So basically if they take cow feed and mix in cashew shells,

the cows are not going to be burping and farting methane.

They’re going to be producing this acid in the stomach,

which helps them digest the grass better,

which means it that alone just mixing in cashew shells, not even the nuts.

So you got to have a company that produces cashews.

They shell them, sell the nuts, and then sell or give the nuts

to farmers and they’re essentially solving climate change,

or at least the impact that cows have on it, which is shocking.

And it’s this combination of science and technology

and innovation that on something that I didn’t even know

was a problem and they’re already fixing it.

I love science.

I love the stuff they do and I want to support them

anywhere I can. So good on you cow scientists.

The kids are, look, last story and it’s low birth rates.

And we’ve done this a button million times.

And I have always known what the solution is.

But of course, politicians can’t admit what the real problem is.

so they can’t figure out what the real solution is.

This is almost the opposite of the previous story,

where I know the problem and the solution,

they just don’t see it the same way.

An assemblyman gave a speech and he said,

the reason we have low birth rates in Japan

is Japanese have low romantic ability.

Now my first thing is how do you define romantic ability?

Because that phrase doesn’t seem to mean anything.

So he’s asked for an analysis of Japan’s low romantic ability.

So how do you measure it first of all?

What is it?

It’s problem number one.

Problem number two is how do you measure romantic ability?

He wants surveys and then there’ve been some other surveys

we talked about like problems with relationships.

And people have responded, I don’t have confidence

and I can’t get along with the opposite sex.

The reason you would have low romantic ability

is because you do not interact with the opposite sex enough.

Now I have held true that the Japanese education system,

Johnny Bravo called it mojo, that is absolutely 100% correct.

But Japan needs more mojo.

But where does mojo come from?

This is actually, you’ve actually hit on the point.

Mojo comes from interacting with people.

Not even the opposite sex, just getting the skills,

the natural skills to interact with other

people in a positive and friendly way.

And that applies to both men and women,

regardless of your sexual orientation.

If I interact with a lot of men, I’m gonna know how to interact with men.

If I interact with a lot of women, I’m

gonna know how to interact with women.

But core problem is that they’re people.

Japanese school education and then work culture is set up

that you actually have very little time,

socially to interact with other people,

and in a natural way.

So I remember my high school.

I was a terrible student.

I didn’t get my shit together until the very last year

of high school when I actually realized

if I don’t get good scores, I’m not going to university.

My son is currently finishing his.

high school exams.

And so he’s gonna graduate from junior high school,

do these exams and that’s gonna decide

what high school he goes to.

And that’s gonna decide what university goes to,

which will essentially decide the path of his future.

He’s 15 years old.

He doesn’t interact with girls because he’s studying all the time.

So I’m, now my son, he’s my son, so he’s

got a certain sort of, he’s got it going on.

But for a normal kid,

because you’ve never interacted with the

opposite sex or people you find attractive,

you don’t know how to interact with them.

So when you hit your 17, 18, 19, 20,

when you would be dating pretty seriously,

you don’t know how to do it, which means approaching women is hard.

‘Cause you have to go through the like, I

have to approach women and get rejected,

I have to learn how to do it.

That is, I guess, your romantic ability.

So the low romantic ability for me

comes from that the system designed through

education, the system designed for work,

makes it so that the average Japanese person.

does not interact with people in a social way.

Therefore, it never learns the social skills.

So they’re gonna be talking about dating,

meeting people and this romantic ability.

He’s what he’s saying is that, again, just like Johnny Bravo called it mojo,

Japanese people don’t have mojo, but you’re not gonna have a class

where you teach mojo successfully.

You have to have people spend free time interacting with each other,

which means we have to get, work-life balance has to be rebalanced in Japan.

Education system has to rebalance in Japan.

So that people in Japan have time to be people in Japan

and hang out with other people in Japan,

and not learn how to date from a class or the Internet or something,

which as we’ve probably all learned is not where you do it.

Weirdly enough, here I am on the Internet

telling people what they need to do.

But what I’m actually saying is,

don’t learn how to date from a podcast like mine.

Don’t learn how to date from a course you

took that’s sponsored by the government.

Learn how to date by actually hanging out with people.

I’m not even saying date, really.

I’m saying hang out with other people,

hang out with women, hang out with men,

hang out with mixed groups.

Just learn how to manage those social interactions.

But Japanese school is set up so that you have to study

and then after you go to school, you

have to go to Juku, which is cram school.

You go to Juku, you get home at 10 o’clock, you go to bed.

You’re probably studying before you go to

bed and then you get up and do it all again.

You’re not being a kid.

And then in high school, you’re not being a high school,

a teenager.

And then when you get to university, you got a couple of free years.

That’s usually when relations have happened.

But now I’m so awkward ’cause I’ve never done it before.

I can’t get a good relationship.

So I give up, then where do I end up?

I get a job that has me working 500 hours a week.

Yeah, of course the birth rate’s going down.

You need people to go out and be people and have lives and stuff.

And that is the sun’s shiny note we’re ending Ninja News Japan on.

But Japanese government needs to listen to my podcast.

Pay attention to what I’m saying.

We need to revamp the entire system.

I know that seems overwhelming, but it would be a new boon to Japan

if we could actually get it right.

So actually there is a glimmer of positivity

in there in the end because what I’m saying is,

it can be fixed and it actually wouldn’t take that much.

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