Point me to the Japanese equivalent of NPR
April 7, 2008 11:25 AM   Subscribe

Online feed of an NPR-like Japanese radio station?

I live in a single room in a quiet dorm. Often the silence is overwhelming, so I turn on the TV, or listen to NPR or C-SPAN radio online. This gets distracting when I have to read or do homework.

Ideally I would like to have something that sounds similar to the soothing tones of NPR (content doesn't matter, as long as there is no music or ads with musical jingles), but in a language that I can't understand at all. I don't know any Japanese but I have always liked the way it sounds. My Googling efforts (in English) have come up Japanese with stations that play music and ads in addition to talk/news. Any suggestions?
posted by puffin to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe you can listen online here.
posted by HotPatatta at 11:51 AM on April 7, 2008

nhk world will occasionally be English, but also sometimes Urdu, Vietnamese, etc.
posted by that girl at 12:02 PM on April 7, 2008

Actually, the streaming station seems a lot more . . . sparse than it used to be.

I've not learned of any good Japanese talk radio that is available in the US, or over the web. Maybe downloading Japanese podcasts (like the yomiuri news podcasts) and just having a podcast playlist would be the way to go. I'm not really sure.
posted by that girl at 1:18 PM on April 7, 2008

Is music out of the question? I love Sigur Ros for this, especially ().
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:39 AM on April 8, 2008

Response by poster: Is music out of the question? I love Sigur Ros for this, especially ().

I do listen to music sometimes (including that album!) but what I really want is the neutral, talk-y background noise effect that you get if you are in a coffee house or cafeteria where there are enough voices talking at the same time that you can't understand individual words or sentences.

that girl: I'll check out the yomiuri podcasts, thanks.
posted by puffin at 9:24 AM on April 8, 2008

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