A: Click on the “Past Episodes” tab on the left side and then just pick the year of episodes you want to view. Bookmark and save that page because that is currently the only place you will find the list to each episode featured on our show. If you do not see the latest episode list up, there might be a short delay with getting the list of songs for that episode. Check back later for the list of songs, if you do not see it there.
A: We are a mainstream J-Pop music podcast show. We try to diversify our playlist by adding specially themed episodes and extra songs on regular episodes. We also know our listeners like to turn to us for anime music, which is why we also play a great selection of popular anime tracks. That is the focal point for our podcast and our audience members. That said, if you have a song request that is out of the norm of what we usually play, feel free to email us at info@jtop10.jp and we will try to set forward your song request on the next regular episode. You can also give us suggestions on themes we should feature on our special episodes, where we play a variety of niche Japanese music genres/themes.
A: Although that is a great suggestion and idea for our show, unfortunately it is not one we can accommodate. We want our listeners to check out all the songs we play on the podcast and putting the songs on the episode description doesn’t give our listeners the full picture of the song (and quite literally, as in the album cover, haha). This includes giving our listeners an option to purchase most of the songs we play because we want our listeners to be supportive of the bands/artists they like. The page on our website that has the list of songs will always be up to date (and if it is not, it will be within 24 hours), as we normally simultaneously upload an episode and update that page with the updated list of songs. We recommend you to bookmark that page to stay up to date with all the songs we play!
A: Yes. Advertisers help us improve funding to our podcast and as a result, gives our listeners a better experience with our podcast. Find more information on how you can advertise on this page or email our sales manager at recca@jtop10.jp to inquire more information. There is a form you can fill out on the web page and check out our current advertising rates for our podcast.
A: Again go to this page: http://mymti.org/current-openings/ and let us know about your interest in doing internal work for us.
A: You sure may! We have more detailed information about music submission here: http://jtop10.jp/extras/music-submission-policy/
A: Officially speaking, our podcast is called Japan Top 10. However, we tend to shorten that to JTop 10, so our name is interchangeably used. But feel free to call us what you want. Even if you want to refer to us as the top 10 J-Pop show ?
A: Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms because we have an Android app currently in the development. Unfortunately, iOS users will need to wait a bit longer for an app to come out that will be available on the iOS platform.
A: MTI Countdowns is our organization’s name. MTI Countdowns was a previous English music based podcasting show we did, however it was recently revamped to be called “MTI TOP 25: ENGLISH HIT SONGS FIRST”. Primarily now, it represents our organization’s name and overshadows both our show and our sister show, KTop 10. MTI stands for Maytable Inc, which pays homage to our previous works (before starting the podcast), where we were branded under the name Maytable Inc. For more information, please see this page: http://mymti.org/our-history/
A: This means the app or website you are using to listen to us haven’t updated their website feed to our current one. Contact their support team and ask them to remove that feed and replace it with our current one. Our current RSS feed is at http://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/bc0be39d-4cf1-4a09-845f-a601004be8ac/db04ff64-1439-44cc-bae0-a602017b40e9/ad330e73-7f9e-4e68-a712-a602017b40ee/podcast.rss. We do not control any third party podcast apps/websites; we can only modify feeds from Mixcloud, Google Play Music, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and the iTunes podcast page, using our podcasting hosting provider, Omny Studio.
A: One of the most unique features about our podcast is our hosts. The talking they do allows them to connect with our listeners, in comparison to all the other English based Japanese music radio stations out there. Our show fundamentally prides on allowing listeners to be knowledgeable about the music they hear on our show along with being up to date with their Japanese music knowledge. This allows us build a show that is uniquely different from all the others. And quite frankly, our hosts would love it if all of our listeners interacted with them! So join in on the conversation and share the mutual love for Japanese music and culture together!
A: ABSOLUTELY. No matter what the mistake is, whether it is about the content or about the actual technical audio editing, we always strike 100% to have a perfectly made podcast. Please contact us immediately if you hear something off on our show. We will strive to fix the episode, but if it is not possible, we will take measures to ensure the mistake will be corrected in the best way possible. This also goes with our website. If you see something off on our site (such as grammar, song title spelling, wrong info), do also alert us. Just like our episodes, we strive to have a perfectly made website for all our listeners to enjoy browsing. Email us at info@jtop10.jp to address the error(s).
A: Our main focus is to showcase the top 10 J-Pop songs currently on the Japanese music charts. The reason why we do a top 10 countdown is because we feel that it is an adequate length of songs to get a good variety of popular music in Japan. In addition, having more songs on our countdown list would involve greater repetition, meaning songs between regular episodes would repeat more often, therefore, to keep things new and fresh, we limit our list to a top 10. We do top 50 episodes twice a year, once in July and the other around the New Year, to showcase a special theme or showcase the biggest songs of that year, respectively. We also have special episodes (with special themes) that run throughout the year and these lists can often involve more than a top 10 list, though rarely would it exceed 20 songs. Artist of the month episodes are always kept to a top 5 list so listeners can get a sense of the music that artist produces.
A: This helps to keep our episodes shorter and our audience engaged with the talking while hearing what will be playing next once the talking finishes. It is a standard in radio industry to conduct this practice and not atypical for many radio stations to integrate talking over parts of the music. We do not, however, talk over a singing portion of the song, thus meaning we only keep the talking to instrumental parts of the songs in the beginning or the end of a song (if applicable). We would recommend listeners to purchase the songs we feature on the podcast, as our goal is to support these musicians through featuring their music to the public.
A: We offer basic equipment to hosts to use for the podcast and most of them have a microphone they use for the episodes they host. However, in certain times, these microphones do not work or are not within reach (ex. if an episode is produced during a hosts’ vacation), thus the quality can be a little inferior to what the usual standard is, depending on what equipment the host uses in substitution. We also do not have a huge budget to fund professional microphones to each host, thus if this is an area that you are concerned about, we would really appreciate if you can support us through donations or on Patreon.
A: We source all our information from Japanese radio stations and/or Oricon charts. We focus mainly on Japanese radio charts as they reflect better with the overall popularity with a released single. However, our special episodes do use Oricon to compile our lists as radio charts often do not offer enough details about each individual single. Please note that we are not supported, sponsored or affiliated with any Japanese radio station and/or Oricon Charts.
A: That’s ok, just email us at info@jtop10.jp and we’ll get back to you with the answer ASAP.