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...Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1952, Miyuki Nakajima became one of the most successful pop singers, songwriters, and radio presenters in Japan. She attended high school in Obihiro, making her performance debut at one of her school’s culture...

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Tōru Mitsui

Tōru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus of English and Music at Kanazawa University, Japan, where he taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in the country. He has been a corresponding editor for Popular Music since 1983, is on the Editorial Board of Popular Music History, and is an International Advisory Editor for Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (co-edited with S. Hosokawa, 1998) and Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music in Japan : Transformation Inspired by the West

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Conversion to kayōkyoku More significantly, a number of performers who began their careers as imitators of imported music tried their hand at, and often converted to, Japanese music, especially kayōkyoku, bringing in some Western elements....

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Tōru Mitsui

Tōru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus of English and Music at Kanazawa University, Japan, where he taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in the country. He has been a corresponding editor for Popular Music since 1983, is on the Editorial Board of Popular Music History, and is an International Advisory Editor for Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (co-edited with S. Hosokawa, 1998) and Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music in Japan : Transformation Inspired by the West

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Ryūkōka and kayōkyoku The Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923 gave a serious blow to the Japanese economy, and the government passed a new law in the following year to levy customs duties on imported luxury goods, including phonographs...

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Tōru Mitsui

Tōru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus of English and Music at Kanazawa University, Japan, where he taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in the country. He has been a corresponding editor for Popular Music since 1983, is on the Editorial Board of Popular Music History, and is an International Advisory Editor for Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (co-edited with S. Hosokawa, 1998) and Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music in Japan : Transformation Inspired by the West

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...New enka In the early 1970s, kayōkyoku was given fresh impetus. Mainstream kayōkyoku had remained vigorous during the 1960s with the Record Awards, which were founded in the manner of the Grammy Awards in 1959, and with some television...

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Tōru Mitsui

Tōru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus of English and Music at Kanazawa University, Japan, where he taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in the country. He has been a corresponding editor for Popular Music since 1983, is on the Editorial Board of Popular Music History, and is an International Advisory Editor for Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing (co-edited with S. Hosokawa, 1998) and Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music in Japan : Transformation Inspired by the West

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Rock Following the ‘rockabilly’ craze in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the group Ventures from the United States, who visited Japan in May 1962, generated what was called ‘eleki’ boom in which young males flaunted electric guitar...