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For Alisa Yamasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kendrick Lamar and the politics of Japanese PR

Music | Sound Off Jul 26, 2018

Kendrick Lamar and the politics of Japanese PR

The news of Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar returning to Fuji Rock, one of Japan's most celebrated music festivals, was met with excitement from hip-hop fans here as soon as it was announced in February. To leverage the hype ahead of the festival, Universal ...

Pushing for a more diverse dancefloor

Music Jan 9, 2018

Pushing for a more diverse dancefloor

When the acclaimed end-of-year techno party Future Terror announced its full lineup of DJs in December, there was a notable omission among the 19 names: There were no women. This wasn't the first time Tokyo's clubbers have been presented with an all-male roster. The new ...

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

Music Jul 26, 2017

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

The 2017 edition of Fuji Rock Festival boasts one of the more eclectic lineups the long-running gathering has had in recent years. The headliners tell the tale: Cartoon rockers Gorillaz share the same font size as electronic pop star Bjork and dance music weirdo ...

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

Culture May 11, 2017

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

In 1985, women in gorilla masks gathered at New York's Museum of Modern Art to protest its lack of female artists. Known as the Guerrilla Girls, the group continues to raise awareness about inequality in the art world. Thirty years later, their spirit has ...