Thursday, November 29, 2012

Band Bonenkai Friday night 11/30 in Tokyo

Vast thanks to all of you who joined us.


Friday, Nov. 30: Join us for the 
annual ALi-MO Bo-Nenkai Bash this year 
@ Crawfish, Akasaka. 
Dance, Drink and Rock Out the final days of 2012 w/'Tokyo's Coolest Band.'
No cover. Just party.

Date: November 30, FRIDAY
Venue: CRAWFISH Akasaka (03-3584-2496)
Social Akasaka BF 3-11-7 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN 107-0052
Price: FREE!!
Doors Open -- 7:00 p.m.
Music Starts 8:30-ish p.m.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Island disputes damage cultural ties in Asia

Hard Times for Soft Power

Roland Kelts

Three days after Prime Minister Yoshihiro Noda announced that his administration had purchased the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, municipal authorities in Beijing ordered a prohibition of Japanese imports – not of cars or electronics, but book content. Chinese publishers were asked not to release books by Japanese authors and those related to Japan by authors of any nationality, and also to cancel cultural promotional events.
The economic damage to the automotive and manufacturing sectors stemming from Japan’s territorial disputes with Asian neighbors China, South Korea and Taiwan has been widely analyzed and measured in recent weeks, with some pointing to Japanese makers losing out on sales and others noting the losses to Chinese workers employed by Japanese firms. News reports in Japan repeat the meme of Japanese corporations fleeing China for the more stable environs of nearby Southeast Asian nations.
But the impact on the region’s cultural markets, its so-called “soft power” interchange of ideas, entertainment and imagery, is both harder to quantify and, potentially, more meaningful and deeply felt.
“When political disputes with other countries arise, the entertainment business is always one of the first industries to feel the negative effects,” says Yuji Nunokawa, founder and former president of anime studio Pierrot, producer of such global mega-hits as Naruto and Bleach, and Chairman of the Association of Japanese Animation (AJA). “The AJA was invited to a recent ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, but [the invitation] was rescinded at the last moment. We had been working hard on building trust and good relationships with China on a non-governmental level, but it was all ruined very quickly when politics came into play.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Romney vs. Asians in America

from The Weekly Standard:

Why Romney Lost the ‘Asian Vote’

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nye on Nationalism in Japan

Professor Joseph S. Nye, who coined the phrase "soft power" thirty-some years ago, on the recent uptick in nationalist sentiment in Japan. From  Project Syndicate.

Japan's Nationalist Turn

TOKYO – Japan has been in the news lately, owing to its dispute with China over six square kilometers of barren islets in the East China Sea that Japan calls the Senkakus and China calls the Diaoyu Islands. The rival claims date back to the late nineteenth century, but the recent flare-up, which led to widespread anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, started in September when Japan’s government purchased three of the tiny islets from their private Japanese owner.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said that he decided to purchase the islands for the Japanese central government to prevent Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara from purchasing them with municipal funds. Ishihara, who has since resigned from office to launch a new political party, is well known for nationalist provocation, and Noda feared that he would try to occupy the islands or find other ways to use them to provoke China and whip up popular support in Japan. Top Chinese officials, however, did not accept Noda’s explanation, and interpreted the purchase as proof that Japan is trying to disrupt the status quo.
In May 1972, when the United States returned the Okinawa Prefecture to Japan, the transfer included the Senkaku Islands, which the US had administered from Okinawa. A few months later, when China and Japan normalized their post-World War II relations, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka asked Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai about the Senkakus, and was told that rather than let the dispute delay normalization, the issue should be left for future generations.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Many thanks to those of you who helped us pack the room at the FCCJ in Tokyo yesterday and fill the air with excellent inquiry.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Internet Media, Japan, the new Law, Anime

Join entertainment/media lawyer David B. Hoppe of GAMMALAW, JAPANAMERICA author Roland Kelts and NIPPON POP author and music journalist Steve McClure for a presentation/discussion about Japan's new illegal download law and the debate over online media: should it remain free and unfettered, or should it be legally controlled and restricted? Lunch served.
MEMBERS: *Please register BEFORE MONDAY EVENING, Nov. 12, at the FCCJ site here:
Nov. 12, here or via email - and let us know if you would like to purchase lunch.

そして『NIPPON POP』作者スティーヴ マックルーアの三者が出演するプレゼンテーション/ディスカッションです。

Thursday, November 08, 2012

ALi-MO live, 11/10/12

Sat, Nov. 10th - Pink Cow Grill Night Dinner #1 & Ali-MO Live!
One grill for meat & one grill for veggies plus all kinds of wonderful side dishes, salad bar, cheese, fruits and desserts! Awesome food to accompany great classic rock band Ali-Mo gigin’ live!

Saturday Night Live with Ali-MO!
Dine, Drink & Dance w/Tokyo's coolest band in their debut show @ the New Pink Cow in the heart of Roppongi.
Rock, R&B & Pop from 4 Decades--plus a Grill Night Buffet. Don't miss it!

¥2,500 for dinner, 7-10pm (drinks separate) please email for a reservations for the best tables for dinner to For maps and more info about The Pink Cow please check



Pink Cowご自慢のグリル・ディナを頂いちゃおう。