Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

| May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

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It’s official: You can’t escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

Aug 7, 2016

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

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“Let’s not put politics into music.” This seemingly innocent phrase rose to prominence in June as a lightning rod for social media protest against the appearance of student political leader Aki Okuda at the Fuji Rock music festival. It also taps into a popular ...

SEALDs, others rally in Tokyo against security laws

/ Jun 5, 2016

SEALDs, others rally in Tokyo against security laws

Groups of students and citizens opposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security legislation staged a major protest near the Diet on Sunday in the lead-up to the July 10 Upper House election. The rally’s participants demanded that the national security laws, which allow Japan ...