Patrick St. Michel is a writer based in Tokyo covering Japanese music and pop culture. His work has appeared in The Japan Times, Pitchfork, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. He also operates the more indie-centric music blog Make Believe Melodies. You can find him on Twitter @mbmelodies. 

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Moga Mogami comes out as bisexual

The former Dempagumi.inc member spoke about her sexuality on a Japanese TV show.
A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup… Moga Mogami Former Dempagumi.inc member Moga Mogami went on Japanese variety show Yume Nara Samenaide this past Tuesday and came out as being bisexual. The pro...
Don’t abandon your jewel cases in the wilderness. Thanks!
If an AKB48 CD gets abandoned in the woods, does it make a sound? Of course not, but what about ditching nearly 600 discs of the peppy idol group’s May single “Negaigoto No Mochigusare” on a mountain? Police in Fukuoka Prefecture filed cha...
It involves a movie and a live stream.
Last month, a site appeared hinting at a new project from former SMAP members Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori. This week, some more details emerged about just what that will be. Not enough to create a solid view of just w...
What's the hairdryer for?
It's been a big year for Polkadot Stingray. The Japanese rock outfit scored one of the year’s bigger breakthroughs via an EP released earlier in 2017. That one was highlighted by “Electric Public,” a number brimming over with energy and vo...
The electro-pop pair salute one of the 1980s finest doll-like groups.
J-pop duo FEMM have been promoting themselves as “female mannequins.” Ever since appearing on the scene in 2014, the pair have performed like they were a pair of sentient dolls; they moved their limbs like they were constructed from practi...