Although free listeners can make song requests, they won’t be able to hear their song requests unless they are a Premium Star or Premium Platinum donor because the song requests are placed in the extra’s category in the monthly top 10 episodes and only Premium Star and Premium Platinum donors will have access to those songs. To find out how you can join the Premium Star and Platinum levels, click here. Artist of the month episode suggestions are only reserved for our Patreon Platinum donors.

A: Open the menu and click the page that has the most recent year & the title of “Japan Top 10 Episodes”. If you are not a Patreon donor, we recommend you to bookmark that page because it will be the only place you will be able to see the list of songs played on our episodes. If you do not see the latest episode list up, there might be a short delay with getting the list of songs for that episode. Check back later for the list of songs; we promise to have it up soon.

A: Yes we are. Japan Top 10 is a division of MTI Countdowns, which is officially a registered non-profit organization based out of Canada. We are registered federally in Canada and incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. To learn more about our organization, including our mission, values and vision, please see our main website at

To view our certificate of incorporation from Cooperations Canada as a federally registered non-profit organization, please click here.

A: Yes we do. We are licensed under SOCAN, the official music licensing organization in Canada (where we are based). You can find more information about them here, including how their license covers all international music:

A: For our Patreon Donor’s Club members, we are now offering to put the song list in the description of the episode. For more information on how you can join, please click here.

A: Yes. Advertisers help us improve funding to our podcast and as a result, gives our listeners a better experience with our podcast. Find more information on how you can advertise on this page to inquire more information. There is information on the web page on our packages and our current advertising rates for our podcast.

A: You sure may! We have more detailed information about music submission here:

A: Officially speaking, our podcast is called Japan Top 10. However, we tend to shorten that to JTop 10, so our name is interchangeably used. But feel free to call us what you want. Even if you want to refer to us as the top 10 J-Pop show ?

A: MTI Countdowns is our parent organization’s name. Previously, MTI Countdowns was the name of our defunct English music based podcast show. After the show’s cancelation (and as it currently stands), the brand, MTI Countdowns, began to represent our parent organization’s name which included this show and our sister podcast, KTop 10. MTI previously stood for Maytable Inc. Currently, the acronym “MTI” does not mean anything. For more information, please see this page:

A: One of the most unique features about our podcast is our hosts. The talking they do allows them to connect with our listeners, in comparison to all the other English based Japanese music radio stations out there. Our show fundamentally prides on allowing listeners to be knowledgeable about the music they hear on our show along with being up to date with their Japanese music knowledge. This allows us build a show that is uniquely different from all the others. And quite frankly, our hosts would love it if all of our listeners interacted with them! So join in on the conversation and share the mutual love for Japanese music and culture together!

If you want an advertising and announcement free experience listening to our podcast, please consider being part of our Patreon Donor’s Club. Click here for more information.

A: ABSOLUTELY. No matter what the mistake is, whether it is about the content or about the actual technical audio editing, we always strive 100% of the time to have a perfectly made podcast. Please contact us immediately if you hear something off on our show. We will do our best to fix the episode, but if it is not possible, we will take measures to ensure the mistake is acknowledged and corrected for future episodes. This also goes with our website. If you see something off on our site (such as grammar, song title spelling, wrong info), do also alert us. Just like our episodes, we strive to have a perfectly made website for all our listeners to enjoy browsing. Email us at to address the error(s).

A: Our main focus is to showcase the top 10 J-Pop songs currently on the Japanese music charts. The reason why we do a top 10 countdown is because we feel that it is an adequate length of songs to get a good variety of popular music in Japan. In addition, having more songs on our countdown list would involve greater repetition, meaning songs between regular episodes would repeat more often, therefore, to keep things new and fresh, we limit our list to a top 10. We expand all our current episodes’ music and commentary content for our Patreon donors, so if you want to get more out of our podcast, consider being a Patreon donor; click here.

A: This helps to keep our episodes shorter and our audience engaged with the talking while hearing what will be playing next once the talking finishes. It is a standard in radio industry to conduct this practice and not atypical for many radio stations to integrate talking over parts of the music. We do not, however, talk over a singing portion of the song, thus meaning we only keep the talking to instrumental parts of the songs in the beginning or the end of a song (if applicable). We would recommend listeners to purchase the songs we feature on the podcast, as our goal is to support these musicians through featuring their music to the public.

A: We offer basic equipment to hosts to use for the podcast and most of them have a microphone they use for the episodes they host. However, in certain times, these microphones do not work or are not within reach (ex. if an episode is produced during a hosts’ vacation), thus the quality can be a little inferior to what the usual standard is, depending on what equipment the host uses in substitution. We also do not have a huge budget to fund professional microphones to each host, thus if this is an area that you are concerned about, we would really appreciate if you can support us through donations or on Patreon.

A: We source all our information from Japanese radio stations and/or Oricon charts. We focus mainly on Japanese radio charts as they reflect better with the overall popularity with a released single. However, our special episodes do use Oricon to compile our lists as radio charts often do not offer enough details about each individual single. Please note that we are not supported, sponsored or affiliated with any Japanese radio station and/or Oricon Charts. For more information about the formatting of our show, please see this page:

A: That’s ok, just email us at and we’ll get back to you with the answer ASAP.