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Since the Beatles crossed the Atlantic in 1964, success in the United States has been the Holy Grail of foreign artists, no matter how popular they are in their home countries.

Japanese musicians have been no exception. Dreams Come True’s Miwa Yoshida has taken up residence in New York’s trendy Tribeca while working on the group’s second American release. Walking out her door she is apt to see posters for the soul singer Toshi Kubota’s new album which seem to be pasted on nearly every available surface in the city

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