Regional Transport Crisis

  • Peter Barakan


    Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.

  • Matt Alt


    Born in Washington D.C. in 1973, Matt's interest in Japan was kindled by robot toys in his childhood. He worked as a translator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before co-founding a company that produces English versions of Japanese comics and video games. He also writes extensively about cultural trends including yokai, ninja, emoji, and more.

  • Hiroaki Oshima

    Main guest

    Hiroaki Oshima works for a private think tank conducting research related to the logistics environment and evaluating the actual state of logistics. In response to Japan’s recent lack of truck drivers, he is engaged in consulting work focusing on truck driver safety and how to reduce drivers’ long working hours and improve their working environments.


March 20, 2018

Regional Transport Crisis

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Fewer people are using trains in outlying regions of Japan, and about one third of Japanese rail lines operate in the red. Because of this, regional rail companies have been shutting down money-losing lines or expanding into side businesses. This time on Japanology Plus, we look at the crisis regional railways are facing. Our guest, Hiroaki Oshima, works at a private-sector thinktank studying Japan's systems for moving goods and people.

And in Plus One, hiking a famous old rail route in Gunma Prefecture.

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