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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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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 20210616 Aquamation

Hello everyone, today is June 16th, 2021.

My name is Yuusuke Wada, I’m your host, a funeral business podcaster and a funeral consultant in Japan. 
Also a Researcher of Reform of Death and I prepare for the End of Life Journey.

Podcast No. 27 of YEYSHONAN, a weekly podcast in English.

Funeral Business Podcaster of Japan

Today’s talk is a continuation of last week, the 3 day event of the ending industry expo in Tokyo. 

According to the official announcement, the total participants were 12,634 people.
But these are the people who registered for the event but there were other events simultaneously and people were able to attend any of them with one ticket. Therefore, there were more.

Last year, the number was about 13,900 people. 

This year, from the 2nd and 3rd day, there were people from other events attending and there seemed to be more than last year.
What I found out recently, there were people who were interested in different kinds of burial or basically, alternatives to cremation.

In the USA, there is natural decomposition and even “aquamation” which uses alkaline-hydrolysis using alkaline based liquid. 
In Japan, the only solution is cremation.

What is “aquamation”?

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Podcast in English 20210609 ENDEX2021

Hello everyone. Today is June 9th, 2021.

My name is Yuusuke Wada.
Today’s talk is about the Ending Industry Expo in Tokyo Big Sight.
I’m your host Yuusuke Wada, funeral business podcaster of Japan

Starting today, ENDEX has started and will be held until Friday 5PM at Tokyo Big Sight Aomi Exhibition B Hall.
B Hall is the far away exhibition hall and it’s far!

Funeral Business Podcaster of Japan

Please make sure that you are pre-registered.
It’ll make you exempt from the entrance fee.

Today, I met a young artist.
He uses ashes from the bones and mixes it with the paint.
He uses 3 grams of ashes sent by the survived family and uses it for the painting for them.
People in Japan might not accept it easily but this is another way of mourning.
He draws mostly abstract images but he will draw anything.
I told him that he should output his work more towards outside of Japan.
The market is bigger than Japan.

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Podcast in English 20201119

Guess what?
Today is the day you can drink the Beaujolais Nouveau.
Yes, I had a sip and no, I did NOT buy it. (Laugh).
It was more expensive the ones I buy regularly at Chigasaki.


I came across the phrase “micro love” this morning on LinkedIn.
A man who I respect that spoke at NFDA 2020 Expo, Mr. Simon Sinek, introduced a post from a Harvard professor, who seems to be a “Dead Head”, riding a train, high on cocaine (just joking).


What is “micro love” and what’s the connection with the funerals?
This is my point!

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With cremation rates hitting 55% nationwide, NFDA recognized the need to offer a Cremation Certification Program developed by funeral directors for funeral directors. Mike Nicodemus, Vice President of Cremation Services, joins Gabe Schauf to discuss how this program provides attendees with the framework to run an impeccable, successful operation. While this certification program has been a staple of NFDA’s outstanding education options, it is now offered virtually giving attendees access to critical information without the need to travel. Past attendees Francheskia Fenderson and Brandon Rogers-Plott join in to talk about their experience and the value it has brought to their firms.

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