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Calum Bowen’s music career under the moniker bo en started thanks to a Tokyo label, and the 24-year-old English producer has collaborated with many Japanese electronic musicians since 2013. In the past year, he has worked on songs for rising J-pop singers, and is currently on a mini-tour in the country, set to finish with a show at Akihabara club Mogra on April 11.

To some Western listeners, however, his J-pop-inspired body of work sounds problematic.

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