About Japan Daily News
What is this?
Encouraged by friends in the Tokyo Tech community, this podcast uses AI to generate natural English summaries of NHK news stories, which are then converted into human-sounding speech. The result is short, easy-to-digest English news updates that are directly from a Japanese source.
Simiarly, I also made a site and podcast providing tech news from Japan (TotemoTech).
- Website: GitHub pages and the Jekyll static site generator
- Theme: LinkRot podcast theme
- Audio file hosting: Internet Archive
- News source: NHK RSS feeds
- Currency rates source: Frankfurter
- English-language summaries: OpenAI API (GPT)
- Text-to-speech: ElevenLabs API – see my ElevenLabs API Python tutorial
- Programming: Good ol’ Python
The code is open source (MIT license) and hosted on GitHub. I also have a video course where I explain how to generate the audio files: ChatGPT-to-Speech: Build an AI-Powered Podcast With Python