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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The viral star is not slowing down for a second in 2018
Nearly two years after the surprise success of his “PPAP”, Pikotaro just keeps on trucking. The past six months have kept the performer busy, with constant trips abroad and new music, including a collaboration with the group Momoiro Clover...
It’s an unlikely meeting between K-pop and J-pop
Exciting news when it comes to J-pop artists collaborating with those from the world of K-pop. Sekai No Owari (End Of The World as they go in English) and Epik High announced plans for a collaboration coming out at the end of the week. Wat...
Fans shouldn’t be too worried, as the performer intends to return to the project sometime in the future
Keito Okamoto, a member of the popular J-pop group Hey! Say! JUMP, will temporarily leave the outfit later this year, according to a video shared to fan club members over the weekend. The 25-year-old performer says he will go to the United...
Other strong performances from J-pop’s first six months include Keyakizaka46, Namie Amuro and WANIMA
Half a year has just flown by, huh? While you adjust from this truth, let’s take a second to look back on the most popular J-pop acts of 2018’s first half. Billboard Japan shared their mid-year charts recently, and if you are a fan of Kens...
Look out for that wink
Ever feel stuck in a rut? Or glance at the headlines and get dejected about the state of the world? You probably aren’t alone in either regard. Japanese rockers ONE OK ROCK have just the song for you in the form of “Change,” their latest n...