Episode 11: Barbenheimer
The blockbuster films "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" caused a global sensation -- but the double bill proved to be a more complicated issue in Japan.
Three Kyodo News journalists -- Yamaguchi-san, Peter and Rei -- discuss a petition last month by some activists in Japan who asked that the "Barbenheimer" hashtag be banned amid a spate of memes involving atomic bomb images. They talk about how atomic bombs are discussed in Japan versus other countries, and the complexities regarding nuclear weapons in the current state of international affairs.
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Kyodo News presents a bilingual podcast for English learners about the ins and outs of news writing and how to translate tricky Japanese phrases into English. Have fun listening to journalists discuss recent articles as they occasionally go off on unrelated tangents.
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