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Having produced over 100 episodes of the Abroad in Japan Podcast together with Chris since 2018, and travelled Japan more extensively than most (across 10+ trips), Pete is a Japanophile and top London Radio DJ rolled into one.

Pete's Story

@petedonaldson

Having risen to power first as a radio DJ on hugely popular radio stations XFM and Absolute Radio, Pete Donaldson’s real passion lies in Podcasting, where he can sink his teeth into topics as diverse as football, wrestling and Japan. As the co-host of one of the world’s biggest soccer podcasts “The Football Ramble”, when he’s not immersed in the world of football, he’s sneaking off to Japan to quench his thirst for Coolish ice cream. With an obsession with retro video games and electronics from the 80’s, it’s no surprise he’s been drawn to Japan over and over in the last decade, each time becoming incrementally more fluent in the Japanese language. Chris and Pete first met in London in 2017, while Chris and Natsuki were filming “Natsuki: The Movie”. As an Abroad in Japan viewer, Pete had heard they were in town, and whipped them into Absolute Radio for a spontaneous interview that went on to feature in the film. Several months later on a trip to Japan, Pete met up with Chris in Tohoku and together they went on a road trip. Three days and one speeding fine later, the two had outlined their plans for the Abroad in Japan Podcast which launched in February 2018. Since then Chris and Pete have travelled across Japan together by bicycle through Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, frozen to death at the Sapporo Snow Festival and even been seaweed fishing at 5am on Japan’s Pacific coastline. 
 With a monthly audience of over 300,000 listeners, today the Abroad in Japan Podcast is the largest podcast on all things Japan and since 2018 the two have yet to miss a single week, such is their dedication to the cause. Be sure to drop by every Thursday to hear a news roundup of what’s going on in Japan, and to hear Chris and Pete talk about their obsessions with Family Mart Fried Chicken and Coolish respectively.
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Pete's Soundboard

Metaphors

   

I Live Here Now

   

Why!!

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I Don't Pay Attention

   

Not Enough Coolish

   

Ohayo Gozaimasu

   

Fiddlesticksy Awful

   

I'm in Akihabara

   

I Miss You

   

Betto Betto San

   

Upset Your Brain

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Arigatou COWZAIMASU

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Touch the Cockleaver

   

Argh! (Scary growl)

   

Slip it in My Mouth

   

I Beg Your Pardon

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She Licked the Wall

   

Never Kick People

   

Terrifying Laugh

   

My Fault!

   

Bastard!

   

Nani Kore!

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Have a Coolish

   

Marmaduke

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Can I eat it?

   

American National Anthem

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I Want to go to Bed Now

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Son Who Was an Envelope

   

You're the Real Monster

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Shibuya

   

Shinagawa

   

Akihabara

   

Featured Content

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48 Hours at Japan's Biggest Snow Festival

Sapporo snow festival is one of Japan's most popular annual events, but does it live up to the hype? We spent 48 hours in the city, eating, drinking and getting serenaded by random people....

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I Tasted Kobe Beef for the First Time | A5 Japanese Wagyu

We taste A5 Kobe Beef (A5), the highest grade of beef in Japan and have our taste buds ignited. What better way to spend our time in Kobe of Day 18 of Journey Across Japan (and send off Pete)....

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24 Hours in Osaka | 6 Things to do in Japan's Nightlife Capital

Osaka is Japan's nightlife capital; a vibrant city home to amazing food and people. On Day 17 of Journey Across Japan we spend a night out taking in the city! Leave us a LIKE if you enjoyed joining our night out!...

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24 Hours in Kyoto | Japan's Best Monkey Park

Kyoto Monkey Park is loved by all. We make our way through it and uncover the mysterious monster street on Day 16 of Journey Across Japan with Pete Donaldson....

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I Got Lost in Kyoto with only a Paper Map

Kyoto is difficult to navigate with Google Maps, let alone using a paper map. On Day 15 of Journey Across Japan we get lost in Kyoto....

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Natsuki: The Movie (Life in Japan Documentary)

Burnt out and suffering from a mid life crisis, the eccentric Natsuki decides to take an emergency one-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe. Surprisingly, not everything goes according to plan....

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Monkey on the Loose in Japan Injures 60 People

Monkeys, kicking off!...

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The Japanese Soldier Who Continued Fighting WWII Until 1974

We're still fighting for this title, and he's got to go to Middlesbrough and get something, and... and... I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!...

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How Japanese People REALLY Stay Healthy (Hint: It's not the food)

Certainly not with all this Coolish sloshing around....

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Chris Has His Love Life Finally Exposed!

Probably the most asked question in the AIJ universe gets answered......

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Japan Shocked at Assassination of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

UK Pete and cha boi Christopher get down to business after being apart for way too long....

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Sony's Insane Portable Air Conditioning Units Sell Out in Japan

Keep cool, team! Chris will be back with B-grade Pete next week, thanks for American Pete for joining us this week!...

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The Japanese Man Who Fought 7/11 for $100,000 and Lost!

Someone should have just bashed a third 7/11 down in the car park. So wonderfully confusing!...

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Why Chris Finally Decided to Get Fit in Japan

You should Send-ai that protein shake over to these two lads, gassing about Japan and lifting plates....

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Abroad in Japan: The Art Of The Deal!

Pete and Chris will return this Sunday for more big opinions from a reflective room!...

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The One Japanese Dish We'd Eat Forever

An infinity-length Long Man candy. How about that?...

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Why Chris Became Abroad in a British Prison This Week

Tax evasion. The man just loves tax evasion. He's doing a ten stretch in porridgetown....

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The Japanese Man Who Spent $16,000 to Look Like a Dog

Cheap at half the price!...

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Running around an onsen in the buff!

Pete and Chris will return Wednesday evening, as naked as the day they were born, except they've put clothes on!...

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When is a knife, not a knife?

Pete and Chris will be back, in the flesh this Sunday! JOIN THEM....

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The prodigal son returns: Broady in Blighty!

And Pete and Chris will be back on their mp3-adventures Wednesday evening... join us!...

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How Safe is Japan for Solo Travelers?

Pete and Chris will be back on Wednesday for more of this sort of thing - any news stories you want covered, let us know!...

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How to Steal $360,000 in Japan and Get Away With It

[email protected] to suggest what Pete and Chris should do in ol' Blighty!...

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Why this Kobe Beef Has An Insane 9 YEAR Waiting List!

Just give her some damn croquettes!...

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The Tokyo Cafe Designed to Stop Customers Procrastinating!

You're not allowed out until you've finished your novel!...