Although I have copied JA for 3 days on the trot on 6m JT65 I see InnoVAntennas want you to part with lots of money. Here I just have a triband omni vertical fed with lossy CB coax and an FT817.
Don't believe hype. You can enjoy the hobby spending very little.
OK, I agree that a big yagi may help, but I seem to do fine with a very modest station.
If I erected the MONSTER shown on the Southgate News page my neighbours would have a fit! No, you can enjoy the hobby much more modestly. Each to their own, but to me this is not amateur radio.
If I wanted to talk to the USA and Japan why not use Skype?