69 What Is Pana-Wave Laboratory? (Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia)

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia talks about the religious group Pana-Wave Laboratory and shares some of what he experienced while in Japan researching it.

About Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia

Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia is a professor of sociology at Taft College and the author of numerous books. He has conducted research on a wide variety of topics, including the sociology of religion, food studies, race & ethnicity, and popular culture. Dr. Jimenez Murguia has also written extensively about the Japanese religious group Pana-Wave Laboratory.

Topics Discussed

  • How Dr. Jimenez Murguia became interested in doing research related to Japan
  • How it was that Dr. Jimenez Murguia began communicating with and doing research on Pana-Wave Laboratory
  • What Pana-Wave Laboratory was
  • How Pana-Wave Laboratory got started
  • The teachings/beliefs of Chino Yuko
  • About scalar wave energy attacks
  • Why Pana-Wave Laboratory members dressed all in white
  • Pana-Wave Laboratory's infamous 2003 caravan to Fukui Prefecture
  • How Dr. Jimenez Murguia was able to make contact with Pana-Wave Laboratory
  • Pana-Wave Laboratory's journal: L.R.
  • On visiting Pana-Wave Laboratory at their base in Fukui Prefecture
  • About the kinds of people that were part of Pana-Wave Laboratory
  • On visiting the Pana-Wave Laboratory facility in Fukui after Chino Yuko's death
  • How Pana-Wave Laboratory was sensationalized and misunderstood
  • The misconception that Japan is a weird place
  • On doing research on the topic of brown face
  • And much more!
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Links, Videos, Etc.

The title of the article by Dr. Jimenez Murguia that was referenced on this episode is Re-enchanting a Religio-Scientific Experience: Understanding the Extraordinary Within the Pana-Wave Laboratory. As of the time of this writing the link I used to download the article does not work. However, if you would like to try it out, click here.

To listen to the Ichimon Japan episode that focuses on Pana-Wave Laboratory, check out the link below.

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Special Thanks

Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi) To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.

Featured image: Courtesy of Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia

Featured image: Courtesy of Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia

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