* This program was broadcasted in Japanese. For English description, please scroll down.
Japan Standard Time
12:00pm - Saturday, May 22, 2010
Yutaka Takeuchi is our new member of YokosoNews. Since his appearance at "DadaMoré Japanese Actors in Hollywood", he shows Katz the strong interest of YokosoNews and volunteer to be a producer for YokosoNews streaming program.
Yutaka is from Tajimi, Gifu, Japan. Gifu is in Tokai region of Japan. And YokosoNews's headquater, Yokkaichi-city is also in Tokai region.
Katz and Yutaka is from the same Tokai region. We could do something in Tokai region.
We got so many to discuss, but why not broadcast this editorial meeting via Ustream, so that the people in Japan can understand what we will do especially the people in Tokai region.
We want to broadcast this in Japanese so that Japanese people will understand why Katz wants to start this English program.
* This porogram was broadcasted in Japanese. Katz recognize that YokosoNews needs to out-reach Japanese people in order to proceed this project.
In part 1, We began talking about brief introduction of YokosoNews and Yutaka Takeuchi, Katz started talking about how he decided to come to the US and pursuing to be a filmmaker.
Katz had been filming since the age of 3. He couldn't think of anything else but becoming a filmmaker. And the expenses of living in Tokyo and living in LA are the same. So Katz wanted to come to LA for the better chance.
Yutaka questioned Katz. Although the financial figure comparison sounds very reasonable reason for Katz to come to LA, the language and cultural barriorr could be very hard for some people.
Katz briefly explained his relationship with his grandmother. His grandmother was once working as English translator right after the World War II for Japanese government. Although he couldn't completely speak English at that time, he believed that he still has her genes, and he would be able to speak English.
In part 2, they continued to talk about Katz's experience in LA. How he graguate from the college, started working as independent filmmaker, mainly as location sound engineer, or sound editor. Eventually, Katz found himself working for a publishing company. But the combination of unforunate circumctances, he had to come back to Japan.
After coming back to Japan, he came up with the idea of JapanExp and YokosoNews.
For more detail about the beginning of YokosoNews, please watch "The Beginning of YokosoNews".
The last part of the video finally reached today's main topic of the show "Editorial Meeting In LA".
Yutaka volunteered to be a producer for YokosoNews.
He wants to feature Japanese peopple living in Los Angeles to talk about their success story in Los Angeles.
And he wants to focus on the people from Tokai region of Japan, where Yutaka and Katz are from.
Yutaka wants to start this project in Japanese. But Katz really wants to bring everything in Japanese.
Because Katz belives that there is strong demand for the people from all over the world that the peoiple wants to know about Japanese culture in English.
Yutaka wants to focus in Japanese first, and then English. But Katz explains why we should focus on English contents, and not Japanese contents.