History of Japan

We're trapped in a loop this week as Isaac talks about another Isaac: specifically, Isaac Titsingh, a member of the Dutch trade station at Nagasaki and one of the famous European interpreters of Japanese history and culture to the West.

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Direct download: Episode_388_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PST

For our final episode in the series, we're taking a look at the demise of public rail in Japan and the privatization of JNR. What led one of Japan's biggest companies down the track (ha!) of being broken up, and where does that leave Japan's rail network today?

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Direct download: Episode_387_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PST

This week, we're talking about the rebirth of Japan's rail network in the form of Japan National Railways. Some things will stay the same (it's all the same guys in charge), some will change (a free press keeps reporting on the mistakes those guys make), and all of this will culminate in one of the most ambitious engineering projects in Japanese history: the Tokaido Shinkansen.

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Direct download: Episode_386_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PST

This week, we're talking about the role of rail in imperial Japan, with a particular focus on the infamous South Manchuria Railway Company. How does a rail line become key to Japan's imperial ambitions in China?

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Direct download: Episode_385_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PST

This week, we're starting off a look at the history of rail in Japan by exploring how this revolutionary technology was introduced to the country. And once it was, how would a government obsessed with strategic infrastructure like rail manage the complexities of funding and constructing something so jaw-droppingly expensive?

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Direct download: Episode_384_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:45pm PST

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