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Singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka harbors dreams of Hollywood, but she’s not about to enroll at drama school.

“I want my songs to be used in Western TV dramas and commercials,” she says. “I don’t really want my songs to be sung at karaoke . . . I’m really bad at making things that sound like J-pop. So when you consider that, the songs naturally end up sounding like they were made for a more Western fanbase.”

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