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Building a Successful Life in Rural Japan


Personal Development

Strengthening ties between New Zealand and Japan




Jayne is a New Zealander and long term resident of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. She is the creator of the award winning Transformations with Jayne Podcast, which gives a voice to and connects people living their best lives in Japan and around the world. She is the co-Host of the Jandals in Japan Podcast that shines a light on New Zealanders doing great things in Japan. She also helps others to create their own podcasts with her PodLaunch with Jayne program. 


Location: Japan, Fukushima Prefecture.


Available For: Remote or face-to-face interviews



Background Information:

Jayne Nakata is a coach and podcaster, creator of the award winning Transformations with Jayne Podcast.  A podcast that has over 120 episodes and has been connecting people since 2018. Jayne also runs PodLaunch with Jayne, a podcast launching and show production service. See the list of the shows she has worked on here.

Originally from New Zealand, Jayne has lived in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan for nearly 20 years. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster hit her Japanese home town in 2011, she decided not to "run away", but to stay and overcome the challenges of living there. In 2020, her family embarked on another adventure to live in Sweden for what they thought would be three years. Due to the impact of Covid she found herself back in Japan after just a year and set about rebuilding her life again.


Since then she has started her own podcast consulting, coaching and production business and continues to work on living her best life wherever she is with her family and dog Sebastian. Jayne’s multi award winning PodLaunch Family is a growing network of podcasts that focus on community and empowering women. 


Need an expert to talk about the power of community, podcasting and living your best life no matter where you are, even Fukushima, Japan? Invite me to be a guest.

Topics I Can Discuss in English and Japanese:

  • How you can live your best life anywhere, even in Fukushima Japan. 

  • Mistakes people make when trying to create their dream life

  • If starting a podcast is a good idea for you.

  • Why it's so important for more women to join the podcasting world

  • How we can be more resilient 

  • How we can overcome massive challenges


Interview Questions You Can Ask Me


  • Why did you start the Transformations with Jayne Podcast?

  • What happened to you in 2011, when the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima?

  • What are the benefits of not living in a big city like Tokyo?

  • How can you create an amazing life even when you live in a small town or city?

  • What are some misconceptions people have about life in Japan or life in Fukushima?

  • What are the benefits of podcasting or why should I start a podcast?

  • Who should start a podcast and who shouldn’t?

  • Why should women start a podcast?

  • What are some of the reasons why women don't start a podcast? 


How I'll Promote Podcasts I'm On:

For good shows, I will post a graphic and link to the podcast episode on the Transformations with Jayne Facebook page and Instagram account. I will also mention the appearance in an episode of my own podcast. 

Shows I Have Appeared On:

Unpacking Japan, January 27th, 2024

The Creativity Cafe, May 22nd, 2023

Business Karaoke Podcast, August 25th, 2021

A Seat at The Table Podcast, August 8th, 2021

The Sasuga! Podcast:  May 31, 2021

Voices in Japan, March 11th, 2021 

Seeking Sustainability Live in Japan, March 12th, 2021



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