Patrick ST. Michel

For Patrick ST. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Pyeongchang's pop takes home gold

| Feb 15, 2018

Pyeongchang's pop takes home gold

Politics hovered over the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The pageantry came against a backdrop of geopolitical intrigue, featuring the presence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Yo Jong, who was on hand to watch a unified Korean ...

AmPm masters the Spotify game

Feb 14, 2018

AmPm masters the Spotify game

The central pair behind electronic project AmPm didn't have high expectations when they flew to Jakarta last August for Spotify On Stage, a live event organized by the market-leading music streaming service. "We were the first act up, and I think most of the audience ...

'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

Feb 8, 2018

'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

Netflix Japan's reboot of the reality show "Ainori" features plenty of drama — most of it interpersonal, but some geopolitical. The streaming-era version of the show, a joint effort between Fuji TV and Netflix, debuted last fall. Like the original incarnation that ran from 1999 ...