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Is Japan alone? The next step for the East China Sea. Plus the Samsung Life. I’m Steve Miller. These stories, and more, are on the March 16th edition of Asia News Weekly.

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  • LifeOutside of Texas

    The mystery over this plane crash is so crazy. It’s hard to believe that a plane can go missing in this day and age! It’s so bizarre because the Asiana plane crash happened last time I came home and now that I’m home again the Malysian flight went missing.

    • qiranger

      Yes, the whole thing has Movie of the Week written all over it.

  • Nathan Anderson

    Great podcast! I appreciate the perspective you brought to those stories; particularly interesting to me was the bit on Japanese-Korean relations and how the treaty of 1965 relates. Having lived in Korea for a year and a half, I have not once heard about the reparations paid by the Japanese government to the Korean government.

    On another note, I have also found Korea to be a very safe place. I lost my phone one night; it turned out I’d left it in the taxi when I got out. The taxi driver went through my recent calls and called people until he got a hold of a friend of mine, who notified me. We arranged a meeting time and he gave me my phone back. Such a great example of there being genuine, honest people out there.

    • qiranger

      Thanks for stopping by Nathan. Yeah, it wasn’t made public in Korea that Japan has paid out nearly $800 million over the years. It was also disclosed that the Korean government took most of that money to develop the country. However, that fact is often overlooked. It’s one reason why many in Japan resist further calls for apologies and compensation.

      I also agree Korea is quite safe. Have left computers/tablets on tables several times without ever thinking about it. A far cry to what I experienced in the US.

  • Alex Stevenson

    Cool podcast. You’ve got a good “radio voice”.

    I’m going to be starting up a podcast soon. What microphone do you use?

    • qiranger

      Thanks Alex. I really do enjoy broadcasting. Tomorrow’s VLOG will actually include a snippet from this morning’s (3.21.14) EBS broadcast.

      As for the microphone, I’ve now switched to the Blue Yeti. Here’s the post on it. The video on the page actually has me running through all four sound modes.

      The first pair of ANW podcasts didn’t have a pop filter over the mic, something I’ve corrected with the 3.23.14 podcast.

  • Evan and Rachel

    Enjoyed the podcast Steve! Zack just posted an article that they found the bitcoins in a digital wallet!

    The last story was great, this has happened to us TWICE in Korea ! Because I guess we’re flighty, (read: Evan is flighty) haha but we didn’t document it at all!! Should have. dang. :P

    • qiranger

      Glad you did Rachel. I’m having a blast putting them together and I really like the new format.

      I saw the bitcoin story… yes they “found” the “old wallet.” Continues to sound a little fishy.

      you were able to get your stuff returned so often in Korea. That’s
      certainly a blessing. One of our old teachers (2008) left her laptop at
      her welcoming party – and we found it still there a few hours. Glad we were in Korea at that point.

  • Malachi Mata

    It’s so nice to be able to listen to a podcast on things closer to home. I listen to other news things, but mostly American. I like that analogy you read from one of your listeners about the founding fathers of the United States being called criminals and terrorists. It seems like if the UK called America’s founding father’s terrorists, it would really hurt our international relationship with them… so why does Japan do it? And I don’t think it’s analogous to the shrine thing. Korea won it’s independence and has a right to classify An the way we Americans classify George Washington. On the other hand, Japan lost and was convicted of war crimes by the international community. They don’t have the right to reclassify convicted war criminals as other than that. I have heard the shrine, however, holds more than just convicted war criminals.

    • qiranger

      Glad you enjoyed the podcast. I created it because there really aren’t that meany that focus on news in this part of the world. I think it’s the reason why I have so many great comments between the distribution channels.

      The one thing in your comment I would disagree with is with Korea “winning” its freedom. Korea was liberated from Japan after it surrendered. It’s that event that actually lead to the problem we face today on the peninsula and having a divided country.

      As for the Yasukuni Shrine – it’s a very tranquil place that unfortunately has a bad reputation. So much focus is placed on 14 individuals enshrined there, rather than the other 2 million souls, which include factory workers, teachers, and animals. Not to mention the adjacent shrine for all those who fought against Japan. Criticism is correctly addressed to the “museum” on the grounds where history is distorted. I mentioned in a previous post that addressing the misconceptions and errors on the site would go a long way to improving East Asian relations. However, as it is a private entity and not affiliated with the government, I doubt that will ever take place.

  • Leah

    Has the media made any Lost references yet? Because that was my immediate thought. So sad for all those involved.

    • qiranger

      Truly an unfortunate event. I hope we’re nearing in on what really happened.