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The Japanofiles Podcast

Welcome to the Japanofiles, a podcast about Japan. This podcast, which began in 2009, presents interviews that have been recorded in Japan. Most of the interviewees are native English-speaking foreign residents of Nagano Prefecture who live in the greater Matsumoto area. They share their stories about living and working in Japan. The host of this Japan podcast, Dave Carlson, is a long-time resident of Matsumoto.

May 31, 2010

What do you do when the company you work for goes belly up?  Today's guest, Thomas Leitke, talks about his experience of working for GEOS, a major operator of eikaiwa (English conversation) schools in Japan. The company filed for bankruptcy in April, leaving Thomas and many other language teachers without work. Thomas also talks about some of the activities he pursues in his free time. In addition, an uguisu (Japanese bush warbler) sings a lovely rendition of "ho-hokekyo".

Key Words: GEOS, foreign employment in Japan, working in Japan, podcast discussion about life in Japan, Mastumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japanese birdsong, uguisu