I’ve recently come across a new variety show which I must say I’ve become quite attached to. It is called 池上の学べるニュース or “Mr. Ikegami’s News I Can learn.” Sounds silly. Sounds stupid. Sounds boring. No. It is none of these.
The concept is simple. The host 池上先生 (Mr. Ikegami) gets a panel of 8 celebrities/entertainers (2 regulars), and he teaches them the most recent news. He teaches it in a way so that anyone can understand and have fun enjoying the news, even with no background of watching the news, no knowledge of news-related vocabulary, and no awareness of current topics. What this means it is very beneficial to a non-native Japanese speaker studying Japanese news.
Mr. Ikegami always picks interesting hot topics, has a great personality, and manages to surprise and amaze you at the same time. Who would ever think that learning about “The Lehman Shock”, “The Japanese Police System”, or “The Restructuring of the Japanese Cabinet” could be bearable let alone interesting.
I don’t watch a lot of news, but add cartoons, comedy, a charismatic host, and a bunch of celebrities making wise-cracking questions and comments, and you’ve got me hooked.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, you are going to have trust me on this. Just give it a try. You will be a better person for it.