Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Launches His Own Radio Show

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Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has announced that he will be hosting his own regular radio show in Japan.

The Tokyo FM show, Nagoshi Studio Presents Future Lounge, will be hosted by Nagoshi and co-hosted by TV and radio personality Ami Kikuchi.

According to Famitsu, each episode of Future Lounge will see a different guest discuss their creative passions, influences, and views on life in depth.

During the show, which takes place in a “fictional hideaway-like lounge bar”, Nagoshi will ask questions of the guests from a creator’s perspective, while Kikuchi will play the role of the curious viewer and also bring questions.

“I’ve always loved radio, and when I started doing it, I realized once again that it was important to develop a deeper understanding of the guests,” Nagoshi said. “That’s what I want to focus on first.

“I’m going to talk to a lot of different guests, and I’d like to be able to bring out the discrepancies between the laid-back parts of those who look serious and the serious parts of those who feel laid-back. ”

Kikuchi joked, “Nagoshi-san looks like the flashiest person I’ve ever known, but when I talked to him, I found out he had a great personality.”

Nagoshi officially announced the creation of its new development studio, Nagoshi Studio, in January. The company is a “100% subsidiary” of Chinese company NetEase Games, and will focus on developing “high-end titles for global release”, primarily on consoles.

In a separate interview with Famitsu last month, Nagoshi confirmed that the studio has already started work on its first game, and it will still have a Japanese focus much like the Yakuza and Judgment games.

“We’re Japanese, and we’re a Japanese studio, so naturally the market we understand best is Japan,” he explained.

“We desperately tried to find a methodology that would allow us to create something that would be accepted around the world while keeping our focus on Japan. However, I don’t think I have been able to give a full answer to this question so far.

“In order to find the answer, to pursue the ideal, I created Nagoshi Studio. However, the focus will remain on Japan in the future.

Nagoshi isn’t the only game designer to trade in his dev tools for a microphone. Hideo Kojima announced earlier this month that he was launching his own podcast called Hideo Kojima’s Radioverse, and Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada launched a video show last year.

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