Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

Music | Sound Off Jan 8, 2017

Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

by Mike Sunda

Last month, I was invited to speak at the inaugural Tokyo Dance Music Event — a conference consisting of workshops and talks, loosely modeled on long-running international equivalents like the Amsterdam Dance Event. On the first morning of the two-day program, I was asked to ...

'Jack' event declares: ‘Let there be J-pop!’

Music Oct 18, 2015

'Jack' event declares: ‘Let there be J-pop!’

by Patrick St. Michel

Over the past two years, Simon Whybray's monthly club night and online mix series “Jack” (stylized in all caps) has featured high-energy songs from around the globe, including a healthy dose of J-pop. It's surprising, then, when he reveals his gateway into Japanese music ...

Japan eases late-night restrictions on dance clubs

National Jun 17, 2015

Japan eases late-night restrictions on dance clubs

The Diet revised the adult entertainment business law on Wednesday to enable dance clubs to operate past midnight if they meet certain conditions. The revision came after individuals from the music industry such as performer and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, a prominent lobbyist, launched a campaign ...

Music Jan 23, 2015

Former owner of club Noon sees acquittal upheld

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The former owner of an Osaka nightclub charged under Japan's controversial "no dancing" law has been cleared of wrongdoing after a High Court upheld his acquittal last year. Masatoshi Kanemitsu was arrested in April 2012 under fueihō, a so-called anti-dancing law which originated in 1948 ...