Oscar Boyd, The Japan Times

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The Japan Times

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Past articles by Oscar:

Why has the yen fallen to a 20-year low?

Since the beginning of March, the value of the yen has plummeted against the dollar, the euro and the British pound. Bloomberg economy reporter Yuko Takeo joins Deep Dive to explain why. → Read More

Tokyo's energy crisis — a decade in the making

Bloomberg energy reporter Shoko Oda joins Deep Dive to explain why the energy crisis was a decade in the making. → Read More

Rishiri Island is a backcountry skiing paradise, as long as there’s a break in the weather

Winter is harsh on this remote island off Hokkaido’s northwestern tip, where you can ski above the sea. → Read More

Episode 118: Japan relaxes its border restrictions

Japan's strict border policies are finally relaxing — at least a little bit — and from March, new entrants will be allowed to come to the country once again. → Read More

Natsuko Shoji crowned Asia's best female chef for her fashion-influenced fine-dining at Été

At her hyper-exclusive six-seater restaurant, Été, Natsuko Shoji creates elaborate 10-course meals that reference fashion and art. → Read More

Episode 114: From 'Spirited Away' to 'Demon Slayer': The meteoric rise of anime

Since 2002, Japan’s anime industry has doubled in size to become worth over ¥2.4 trillion annually.At the start of the year, AMC Networks — the U.S. company behind shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” — acquired anime distributor Sentai, and with it the anime-streaming service Hidive. In August 2021, Sony bought the anime-streaming … → Read More

With international tourists still absent, Japan’s ski resorts dig deep

The ongoing pandemic could be the final blow for operators as memories of the ski boom — and bust — of the 1980s still linger. → Read More

‘The Mating Game’: NHK's 8K nature series is beautifully voyeuristic

The national broadcaster’s 5-episode natural history series, which follows the courting rituals of 80 species in 22 different countries, is the first of its kind to be shot entirely in 8K. → Read More

Episode 112: A surge in omicron across Japan

In the past week, COVID-19 cases have surged across the nation, led by an uptick in infections of the omicron variant in Okinawa, Tokyo and Osaka.Gearoid Reidy, senior editor at Bloomberg’s Tokyo bureau, joins to discuss what the rapid spread of omicron means for Japan. Read more: Japan’s daily COVID-19 cases top 10,000 for first … → Read More

Episode 111: So long, 2021

We hear from listeners about their high points in 2021.Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who submitted their stories for this episode, it was lovely hearing from you all. Regular episodes of Deep Dive will return in January. Until then, podtsukaresama!More bits and bobs: On breaking my arms and climbing the Matterhorn ‘How Do … → Read More

Episode 110: Chris Broad's 'Blade Runner' fantasy comes to life

Chris Broad invited us up to visit his new Blade Runner-inspired studio in Sendai, where we recorded this episode of Deep Dive. → Read More

Inside his new studio, YouTuber Chris Broad finally has space to create

The Abroad in Japan host's new neon-infused ‘dream’ studio pays homage to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” and a 1960s Japanese shopping arcade. → Read More

Two Tokyo bars make the World’s Best 50 List

It's award season for the world's food and drink establishments, and venues in Tokyo continue to be rewarded. → Read More

Episode 108: What explains Japan's low COVID-19 case count? And can we expect another wave?

Gearoid Reidy, senior editor at Bloomberg Japan, joins to discuss Japan's low COVID-19 case count, and if the country can expect another wave. → Read More

Episode 104: How Japan is already impacted by climate change

Japan Times contributor Eric Margolis walks us through how Japan is already being affected by climate change. → Read More

Episode 102: Why is Kyoto going bankrupt?

In 2019, tourists spent ¥1.2 trillion in Kyoto. Now the city faces bankruptcy. → Read More

‘Best Day Walks Japan’: A more relaxed approach to hiking in Japan

Lonely Planet’s helpful new guidebook covers 60 accessible walks throughout Japan, with accompanying maps and photographs showing off Japan’s wilder side in full color. → Read More

Episode 97: Why a more accessible Japan is better for everyone

How can Japan become more inclusive and accessible as it moves beyond the Paralympic Games? → Read More

Episode 95: Theremins and gold medal wins: Farewell to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

We take a look back at the closing moments of the 2020 Olympic Games.Ten years in the making, the Tokyo Olympics ended with a grand closing ceremony at the National Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 8. Patrick and Oscar look back at the closing moments of the Games, the last few sporting achievements, the handover to … → Read More

Japan's Yumi Kajihara wins silver in track cycling

Kajihara's medal came in front of a rare crowd of fans at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka Prefecture. → Read More