Episode 20: Hay fever

Around 40 percent of people in Japan say they suffer from hay fever. Three Kyodo News journalists -- Yamaguchi-san, Donican and Toma -- discuss recent government plans to tackle hay fever in Japan, including a decision to fell cypress and cedar trees near major cities.

Listen as they talk about their own allergy issues and how they cope, as well as about mask etiquette in Japan.

Article mentioned in the podcast:

Japan to tackle hay fever by felling cedar forests near major cities

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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File photo of a cedar tree. (Kyodo)