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Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. Right? That was certainly true of the various losers and sociopaths who “taught” me when I was in school. But this hoary old adage doesn’t apply to a showbiz school recently launched by leading Japanese record label Avex.

Most of the teaching staff at Avex Artist Academy are musicbiz professionals supplementing their day jobs with part-time teaching gigs. The school opened Oct. 1 in a building near Takeshita-dori in Harajuku, which is about as close to the heart of Japanese youth culture as you can get.

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