Podcast in English 20210721 Plants with Memory and Human DNA

Podcast No. 33 in English

Today is July 21st, 2021.

This is your host,  Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster discussing the death industry business of Japan in English.
I’m also the researcher of the Reform of Death and the journey to the end of life.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster

No. 32 was about future AI usage allowing digital transformation in the funeral industry.
What’s important is the AI to take calls and if needed, pass the baton to a real human being.
In Japan, there is only one real reason for those who call the funeral parlors.

Someone has died and we funeral directors need to find out where to go and pick up their loved ones and bring them to wherever needed, such as the morgue or to their home, or even to temples.

Therefore, an AI avatar has a much higher dimensional value than just taking the call.


Today, agriculture and ecosystems are very important.

Today’s talk  is about a biotech startup company in Israel that stores data on plants.

It’s called the “Memo Tree” that keeps you and your loved one’s memory alive.

What I have been told by the founder is that they are starting a pilot program in the USA.
I am informed about it but I cannot reveal it yet.

This is a technology that implements memory capabilities in plants and replaces them from tombstones. 

In the USA, there are too many tombstones taking space in the graveyards.
Actually, not only in the USA, but many countries have an issue on this.

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Podcast in English 20210714 Using AI and tools

Podcast No. 32  in English

No. 31 was in Japanese posted today (written yesterday).

Hello everyone, today is July 14th, 2021.

This is your host, Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster in Japan and also a death industry consultant. 

I am also the Researcher of the Reform of Death and I prepare for the End of Life Journey.

Podcast No. 32 of YEYSHONAN, a weekly podcast in English.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster

During the weekend, my home fax-printer’s LCD touch pad display went out.
It would no longer respond to it.
I can receive fax or use it as a printer but not as a copier or sending fax.

I went out to buy one nearby but realized it was a waste of time.

I had to go to Akihabara, the electronics district in Tokyo and bought it and had it shipped the very next day and replaced.

My son needed it to do his college homework.

Week before, my two harddrives broke.
Yesterday, my partner brought in a non-working security camera to fix.
I’m still working on that with the team in Shenzhen China and Singapore.

As soon as I find a method of recovering the security camera, I’m going to place the rest for sale.


Today, I want to talk about technologies being implemented in the funeral business.

99.97% are cremated in Japan.
There is no such thing as “eco-friendly burials”.

But what about webcasting, online memorials, burial, and obituaries?

Webcasting has started in Japan due to people not being able to attend the services due to the corona pandemic.
It took off but since after so many “state of emergency”, BTW, as of writing, it’s the 4th semi-lockdown in Tokyo and its vicinity but no one is really obeying anymore.

But funerals have become small in size.

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トホホの2021年7月

冗談はよしこちゃんって言いたくなるくらい7月に入ってから軒並みに機材とかが壊れている。

今年に入ってからケータイを洗濯機で洗って壊してしまった。
これは、100%自分が悪いんだけど(笑)

あちゃ~! (>_<)

さて、7月に入って壊れたものリスト

  1. 2TBハードディスク、しかも2台
  2. ブラザー複合機(MyMioちゃん)–しかしずいぶん長く頑張ってくれた
  3. ルータの挙動不審でルータ交換 –原因はやはりプロバイダ(nuro)
  4. ネットワーク・セキュリティカメラ –調査中
今月はトホホが多い

ハードディスクはWin7→10アップグレードしたもの。
そしてバックアップHDDも・・・
色々な情報が入っていたから痛い。

合掌礼拝

閑話休題:FCCJでの上映会「太陽の子」

映画は「太陽の子」亡くなった三浦春馬さんも出演していた映画でした。

1944年、誰が日本でも原爆を作っていたことはあまり知られていません。
別に誰もが隠していたわけではないのですが、誰もそこには触れていないだけ。

プロデューサーと監督たち

映画の京大が舞台でしたが、実際東大でも研究がされていました。
映画は日本の原爆の開発を背景に3人の若者のドラマが繰り広げられています。
そして、この映画は米国で編集がされています。
守るものは何か、平和のために原子力を使うことは正しいのかの壮大なテーマです。

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Podcast in English 20210707 Funeral Biz Fair 2021

Podcast No. 30  in English

Hello everyone, today is July 7st, 2021.

This is your host, Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster in Japan and also a death industry consultant. 

I am also the Researcher of the Reform of Death and I prepare for the End of Life Journey.

Podcast No. 30 of YEYSHONAN, a weekly podcast in English.

Japan’s Only Funeral Biz Podcaster

Last week, I talked about the Deep Dive event held at FCCJ, the foreign correspondents club of Japan. 

Today, I wish to update you on the funeral business fair that was held 2 weeks ago (a bit late) and the AI in the death industry.

Also, just 3 days ago, two of my 2 terabyte hard drives crashed simultaneously.

I had data dispersed for risk hedging but no luck.

I’ve been trying to recover for the past 3 days and losing the battle.

Trying to recover my two 2TB HDD…

As I mentioned in the podcast released on June 23rd, it was a good idea to pre-register.

As of this date, there are no official number of people that attended.
I was waiting for that number to show up but not this year.

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Podcast in English 20210701 Old Age and Economy –Deep Dive of FCCJ

Hello everyone, today is July 1st, 2021.

My name is Yuusuke Wada, probably the only funeral business podcaster in Japan and also a death industry consultant. I am also the Researcher of the Reform of Death and I prepare for the End of Life Journey.

Podcast No. 29 of YEYSHONAN, a weekly podcast in English.
Sorry, I am one day late for the weekly podcast.

Last week I was at the funeral trade show in Yokohama. It was better that I imagined.
I’ll talk about this in a different episode.

The ONLY Funeral Business Podcaster in Japan

This morning, I was at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) for an event called the Deep Dive, which is a task force organized by ex-presidents of FCCJ and a few members including myself.  The topic was Japan’s economic recovery trajectory.

The panelists were Mr. Paul Sheard who is the research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School,  Mr.  Naoyuki Yoshino at professor at Keio, and Mr. Jesper Koll who is a venture capitalist, moderated by Mr. Anthony Rowley of Asia Economic.

From left, Prof. Yoshino, Mr. Anthony Rowley, Mr. Jesper Koll, and attending from NY, Mr. Paul Sheard on screen.

One of the issues discussed was that the old aged society is pulling our legs in the workforce. These government expenditures on welfare could be put to a better use.  The idea of prolonging the retirement age and wages based on productivity should precede seniority in the company.

The workforce in Japan switches jobs due to NOT the enhancement of their careers but due to human relationships at work, such as not liking the Bucho or Kacho at all. These are all negative impacts. The engineers are in silos and do not go out meeting others.

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閑話休題:FCCJでの上映会「アジアの天使」

ネタバレを避けるために色々と割愛しますが、昨夜、日本外国特派員協会の試写会にはじめて参加してきました。
私は映画を見るのが大の苦手です。そこに座っているのが苦痛なんです(早送りが出来ないw)
学生以来、映画館に入ったのは1度きり。
しかもうちの子が幼稚園児のときにクレヨンしんちゃんを見たいとのことで、それを見に、今は無き藤沢の映画館へ。

今回の作品は、上映委員会のKarenさんに再度つながるためでもあった。
委員長どおしでも、過去にあまり会話をしたことがなかったのと、今回はエンディング産業展で知り合った湯浅監督の日本・スペイン合作の映画「KAORU’s Funeral」の上映の打診があったからだ。

さて、今回の映画の宣伝をします(笑)

アジアの天使

この映画は日本人監督、石井裕也氏が韓国人プロデューサーとスタッフにて、韓国にて撮影しました。
コロナ禍で苦労されたと。結局、編集は日本で行ったと。
この映画は、2組の家族が偶然に出会って、それぞれの思いをいだきながら旅をして天使に出会う。
その天使とは・・・

上映が2021年7月2日、テアトル新宿をはじめとし、全国で放映されます。
本来は韓国で先に上映予定でしたが、あちらの映画館事情、日本よりコロナ対策が厳しく未だにオープンできず日本上映が先になりました。

韓国が嫌いな人でも、人間として日本人家族、韓国人家族、しかも同じ病気で愛する家族を失ったことで絆が強くなり、微笑ましい場面もあり、見ても損はないなって。
ハリウッド映画に慣れた我々はアクションない、テンポもマッタリ、ナニこのご時世にスマホも使えないの?っていう人たち(そういう設定)の映画でイラってしますが、これがまた珍道中を生む。

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