83: What is Clubhouse and why is it so popular in Japan?
On this week's episode we look at why Clubhouse, an invite-only social media platform, has become all the rage in Japan. Here to discuss is Yuzuha Oka, a tech journalist at NewsPicks Japan, and also Austin Freeman, a Japan Times contributor and founder of the 13,000 member strong clubhouse group Tokyo Unearthed.
Why is Japan so intrigued by the audio app Clubhouse? (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/19/national/media-national/clubhouse-explainer/) (Patrick St. Michel, The Japan Times)
Clubhouse tops Japan chart as CEOs and celebrities embrace chat app (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/10/business/corporate-business/clubhouse-japan-app-chart/) (Bloomberg via The Japan Times)
Clubhouse app offers Chinese rare glimpse of censor-free debate (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/08/asia-pacific/clubhouse-china-censorship/) (The Japan Times)
Facebook said to be building a product to compete with Clubhouse (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/11/business/clubhouse-facebook-product/) (The Japan Times)
You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t (https://www.vox.com/recode/22278601/clubhouse-invite-privacy-contacts-app) (Sara Morrison, Vox)
On this episode:
Yuzuha Oka (Clubhouse: @yuzu): Twitter (https://twitter.com/yuzuhaoka) | Website (https://yuzuhaoka.wordpress.com/highlights/)
Austin Freeman (Clubhouse: @anxiety): Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/austin-freeman/)
Oscar Boyd (Clubhouse: @omhboyd): Twitter (https://twitter.com/omhboyd) | Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/oscar-boyd/) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oscar.boyd/)
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Photo: Clubhouse as it appears on the App Store.