March 21, 2017
Atsugiri Jason (厚切りジェイソン) is an American comedian and an executive at an IT company. He was born and raised in Michigan, where he graduated from Michigan State University. He holds Master’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Atsugiri Jason came to Japan in 2011 to work for an IT company, when it opened a new branch in Japan. He became very interested in Japanese comedy and enrolled in the Watanabe Comedy School in late 2013. After he graduated the school, he began performing on TV shows.
Atsugiri (厚切り) means a thick slice of something. He chose his stage name because he lived Atsugi city (厚木市) in Kanagawa Prefecture at that time and also because he has a thick chest.
Atsugi (厚木) and the Japanese word that means think, “atsui” (厚い), sounded like Atsugiri. His skits are about his difficulties learning Japanese and Japanese customs, screaming screams “Why Japanese People!” every chance he gets. He also plays the role of a psychologist on Twitter, under the name @kanzen_itti. His counseling is quite popular and he has 25K followers. His Twitter counseling has become quite popular amongst Japanese people, which led to him publishing a book of life lessons titled 日本のみなさんにお伝えしたい48のWhy, roughly translates to “48 whys that I would like to tell Japanese people.” In the book, he doles out advice and life lessons for Japanese people who are having hard time dealing with difficulty of their lives. The book was received very well among Japanese people, and many positive reviews can be seen on Amazon Japan.