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Japanese Mobile Apps: Podcasts

A guide to mobile apps (Android, iPhone, iPad) that are helpful for Japanese research, reference, and language learning.

Android podcast apps

Podcast apps are a must for Android devices, because there are no built-in podcast services like those available via iTunes on Apple devices. Here are a selection of apps that contain Japanese podcasts.

Radio Kiku! News ラジオ 聴く!ニュース

This is an aggregator for podcasts from a variety of sources including NHK Radio News, TBS Radio Dig, Nikkei Biz Trend News, and more. You can download podcasts for offline listening within the app. Free.

Japan Radio

Japan Radio aggregates radio programs from a variety of stations, including NHK. Free.

Japanese News Pod

This app aggregates podcasts from a variety of sources including NHK Radio News and Nikkei; it also includes English podcasts such as Fox News. Free.

TuneIn Radio

This app includes several Japanese podcasts and radio stations. Free.

Stitcher Radio

This app includes podcasts from several Japanese broadcasters, including TBS Radio, NHK, and Nikkei.

iTunes podcasts

These iTunes podcasts can be used on your iPod (either directly on an iPod Touch or though connecting to your computer's iTunes), iPhone, and iPad, but not Android devices. Access them via iTunes on your computer or mobile device.

Radio-ban Gakumon no Susume ラジオ版 学問のススメ Special Edition (Japan FM Network)

This is an educational podcast featuring an interview with a different personality every week, ranging from news broadcasters to athletes, novelists, and philosophers. Its motto is "things you either forgot or never learned in school." Regularly updated, approx. one hour per episode.

On The Way Journal オンザウェイ・ジャーナル (Japan FM Network)

This podcast covers a variety of topics in the media. Updated regularly.

NHK Radio News NHKラジオニュース (NHK)

This is a podcast updated multiple times daily with NHK news, ranging form brief bulletins to "NHK News Journal," a longer-format hour episode featuring special reporting.

English News - NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN (NHK)

This is the latest news in English from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. Regularly updated, approx. 15 minutes per episode.

Radio Nikkei ラジオNIKKEI

This publisher offers a wide variety of economics and society related podcasts. Click the link to view them all.

TBS RADIO 954kHz

This radio station offers a variety of podcasts on comedy and popular culture, as well as news. Click the link to view them all.

iOS podcast apps

Apple devices come with a default podcast app; however, there are several more available for download that offer radio stations and more.

TuneIn Radio

This app includes several Japanese podcasts and radio stations. Free.

Stitcher Radio

This app includes podcasts from several Japanese broadcasters, including TBS Radio, NHK, and Nikkei.