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OpenAir Radio’s only speech programme in Japanese, エフエム中東 (FM Chuto (Middle East in Japanese language)) brings the Middle Eastern affairs not just for the English speaking audience but for Japanese audiences outside the UK with Japanese voice over. Presenter Yuki Terada brings you coverage on the Middle Eastern affairs. From Tokyo but now based in London, Yuki addresses Middle Eastern issues which aren't easily accessible in modern Japan. Past interviewees include Professor Charles Tripp from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Marina Khatibi and Nagwan Bin Tyeer from FM Chuto interview the Lebanese artist and writer Zena El Khalil . The interview is in English with Yuki Terada' s voice over in Japanese, it explores El Khalil's book "Beirut, I love " which unfolds themes of war and love in the city of Beirut through El Khalil's memoir.

Part 2 of Marina Khatibi's interview with Mrs Sorour Dundon, lecturer of Farsi and the organizer of the Norouz (Persian New Year) Celebration in SOAS.

Marina Khatibi from FM Chuto interviews Mrs Sorour Dundon, lecturer of Farsi and the organizer of the Norouz (Persian New Year) Celebration in SOAS. Interview in Farsi explores how Norouz is celebrated and its traditions. Norouz (means "New Day" in English) marks the first day of spring and celebrates the new year in Iran and many other countries.

FM Chuto reports from the ongoing exhibition at the National Science Museum of London. 1001 Inventions traces the forgotten story of a thousand years of science and culture from the Muslim civilization, from the 7th century onwards. Our reporters Andrea Glioti and Yuki Terada interviews Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani at the University of Manchester, the author of the book by which the exhibition was inspired.

FM Chuto reports from the ongoing exhibition at the National Science Museum of London. 1001 Inventions traces the forgotten story of a thousand years of science and culture from the Muslim civilization, from the 7th century onwards. Our reporters Andrea Glioti and Yuki Terada interviews Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani at the University of Manchester, the author of the book by which the exhibition was inspired.

FM Chuto interviews Rana Salam, designer and the co-author of the book, "The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie - Intimacy and Design". She talks about the unique design of Syrian lingerie from the view point of a designer and expert in the Middle Eastern Pop culture.

Open Air Japan celebrates its new programme, FM Chuto. FM Chuto's reporter Nagwan Yeslam and Yuki Terada interview Malu Halasa, the author of the book, "The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie - Intimacy and Design". This interview explores the world of Syrian-made lingerie as opposed to the stereotyped image of the veiled Muslim women.

Open Air Japan reporter Ryota Sugiyama interviews the Senior Lecturer in Development Practice at SOAS, Dr. Jonathan Goodhand. This interview examines whether the instability of Pakistan is having an effect upon neighboring countries such as Afghanistan. Also, Dr. Goodhand discusses how Afghanistan influences Pakistan in an international context.

Dr. Bhavna Dave, Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia at SOAS, examines Pakistan's identity as a Muslim state. Dr Dave discusses the complex relationships between Islamisation, democratisation, and military regimes with Ryota Sugiyama.

Ryota Sugiyama interviews a SOAS law student from Pakistan, who was in Karachi when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007. In the interview she explains the social and political situations in Pakistan and what kind of political reform she believes the Pakistani people want.

Yuki Terada continues to explore Arab unity in this discussion with Professor Charles Tripp. This episode looks at the origins of Arab unity, including the Arab League and how it acted as both a forum for discussion and a stage for hostilities to play out in the region.

Interview with Dr Stephen Sperl, head of the Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Department at SOAS. Dr Sperl discusses issues surrounding Arab unity, looking particularly at the role standard Arabic plays in the region and how language, ethnicity, culture and religion shape identity throughout the Middle East.