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Would someone let Tom know that the proper pronounciation the area is actually Fu-ku-shi-ma. He is pronouncing it incorrectly. There is no kush sound in Japanese, the language consists of a certain number of consonant vowel combinations which all end with the vowel, except for an occasional n at the end. There are no alternative pronounciations unlike English, and all syllables are given the same emphasis. I enjoy the show and it's nit-picky maybe but it's driving me crazy when Tom keeps says Fu-kush-i-ma is the correct pronounciation. It is not. Fuku ironically and sadly means good fortune and shima means island.

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