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776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolución
772: Jacqui Bayne
768: Beyond the universe
767: Yasuhito Endo
766: Aroon Mahtani
765: Dr. Hidemi Akai
764: Badr Hari
763: Mizuki Kubodera
761: Patrick W. Galbraith
760: Jean-Pierre Felix
759: Philippe Grau
758: Emi Kashiwara & Elekiteru
757: Aura Virginia Chirculescu
756: Aaron Davis
755: Happy days
754: Bryan Au
753: Martin van der Linden
752: Qinggelete
751: Chuck Johnson
750: Mike Applegate (aka Magic Mike)
749: Yukie Kito
748: Steve Kaufmann
746: Samira Zarghami
745: Raising the Bar
744: Pierre-Gilles Delorme
743: David F. Hoenigman
742: Miwa Gardner
741: Kevin Cooney
740: Kyle Cleveland
739: JJ
738: Bruce Stronach
737: Yoichiro Dennis Ide
736: Mike Garrett
735: Hiroki Suehara
734: Rise and Shrine
733: Patrik Washburn
732: Michael Bumgardner
731: Patricia Bader-Johnston
730: Darin Maki
729: Hiroshi Fujimaki
728: Misha Janette
727: Jon Mitchell
725: Hokuto Konishi
724: Rita Lamah Hankach
723: Kisui Nakazawa
722: Angela Jeffs
721: Simon Wood
720: Yasuko Yokoyama
715: Jason Kelly
714: Dominica Serigano
713: Erik Gain
712: Genevieve Maylam
711: Masahiro Gono
710: Eikou Sumura
709: Eikou Sumura
708: Malcolm Thompson
707: Makiko Tsuji
706: Dominic Allen
705: Maria Heitanen
704: Beckie Cassidy
703: Jett Edwards
702: Yoshinobu Furuichi
701: Silvestre Jacobi
700: Jah-Light Sound System
699: Daniel Velazques
698: Lynne Charles
697: Eric Bragg
695: Susan Nichols
694: Anna Kunnecke
693: Kenneth Pechter
692: Kazu Wakui
691: Antonio Inoki
690: Hiroko Noguchi
689: Richard Bysouth
688: Eric Bjorndahl
687: Andrew Shuttleworth
686: Sayuri Suzuki
685: Yurie Hatanaka
684: Miogi Takii
683: Thierry Cohen
682: Ahmed M. Elmardi
681: Aya Kitagawa
680: Suzanne Ng and Yoriko Soma
679: Ricco DeBlank
677: Takenari Shibata
676: Kirk R. Patterson
675: Satoko Yahata
674: Flavia Nishimura
673: Ryo Shoji
672: Chip Eckton
671: Yuko Ito
670: Marja Kullberg
669: Laur Meyrieux
668: Slavomir Stanislaw Kowalewski
667: Ryan McGuire
664: Life force
663: Steve Marshall
662: Jeff Klein
661: Ahn Soon Han
660: Straight shooter
659: Marcello Pietrantonio
658: Glitterball 2006
657: Alison Roberts-Brown
656: Girl on the go
655: Rob Hoey
654: Kahori Ochi
653: Ed Wells
652: Haruka Orth
651: Laura Cook
650: Uleshka Asher
649: Full speed ahead
648: Katsumi Namekata
647: Top talent
646: No heels, no life
645: Joanna Roper
644: Lu Nagata
643: Kirill Konin
642: Gabriele Roberto
641: Carlos Gibbs
640: Blair Falahey
639: The Three Waiters
638: Simon Woodroffe
637: Tony Virili
636: Paul W. Creager
635: Randy Channell
634: Mari Takeuchi
633: Stephanie Schueller
632: Tara Tan Kitaoka
631: Katherine Mok
630: Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi
629: Tommy Kullberg
628: Toshio Nagashima
627: Eiko Kondo
626: Embrey Ramon Williams
625: Neil Day
624: Mong-Lan
623: Tor Hideki Kashio
622: Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
621: Louis Carlet
620: Theo Panagiotoulias
619: Lionel Gougne
618: Sarajean Rossitto
617: Christian Hassing
616: Kiho Takashima
614-615: David Wagner
613: Heather Stuart
612: Erica Angyal
611: Jack McLean
610: Fumine Yakumo
609: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi
608: Yoko Hijikata
607: Jim Frederick
605: Yuka Murakami
604: Chayne Ellis
603: Marco Antonio Nakata
602: Kicking Back
601: Stand by your man
600: Hero worship
599: The Candy man
598: Heart strings
597: Sweet and sour
596: Subtitle subtleties
595: The right moves
594: Mother’s day
593: The clone ranger
592: A career kicks off
591: Woman of substance
590: Final conflict
589: World Ready for ‘War’
588: Fun in the sun
587: New life for an old hero
586: Fun and games
585: Knockout punch
584: Patrick’s day
583: Marcia marches on
582: Brunch break
581: Kingdom come
580: Gentle as a beast
579: Prime time
578: Devil of a time
577: In first Gere
576: Bright spark
575: Rei of sunshine
574: A star is reborn
573: In search of geisha
572: Marshall law
571: In the Nic of time
570: Holding a grudge
569: Bourne again
568: Soap opera
567: Alexander and friends
566: Oceans apart
565: A night at the opera
564: Just joshing
563: McPain in the neck
561-562: Hanks for everything
560: Reading between the Klines
559: Risqué business
558: Sky highs
557: Korean boom
556: Queen Victoria
555: Glitter Ball
554: Peter Miller
553: Ralph Frehner
552: Dimension K
551: Tokyo Game Show
550: US Embassy
549: I, Robot Premiere
548: Mauve
547: Xterra Japan
546: Earth Celebration
545: Idée R-bar
544: Laforet Museum
543: Hara Museum
542: Fuji Rock Festival’04
541: Bunkamura Museum of Art

the scene




Clockwise from left: Mika Kano, Will Smith with MTV VJ Teppei, ex-Pink Lady Mie, Smith flanked by rapper Zeebra and pop idol Yumiko Shaku, and a performing robot
Photos by Sachie Kanda and Courtesy of MTV


star struck

Wise guy

DJ Guy Perryman stays in tune with the world on InterFM

By Chris Betros

Few people rely on their voice as much as Guy Perryman, the 39-year-old DJ at 76.1 InterFM. Besides his six-hour show from 10am-4pm each weekday, Perryman pre-records programs for Virgin Megastores' cable radio channel, hosts the inflight J-Pop channel for Virgin Atlantic Airways, does voice narrations and a little bit of party and club DJing.

"I do say no to some jobs because I only want to do things I enjoy. Radio is my main love," says Perryman, who was born in the UK but grew up in Australia. He got his start in radio in Sydney, before moving to Virgin Megastores, where he stayed for seven years. When Virgin opened its store in Tokyo in 1990, Perryman's boss in Sydney was appointed manager, and brought Perryman with him. "I think I'll remain here for the foreseeable future," he says, "although ideally I'd like to spend 80 percent of my time in Japan and 20 percent in Australia."

Perryman's six-hour show is long by anyone's standards. It's all in English and features mostly music and interviews. "It's sometimes hard to stay focused for that long. You can't walk away and have a cup of coffee for ten minutes because you are on every three minutes. I graze on snacks all day," he says. "We have a good audience among the foreign community as well as many Japanese. There are a lot of people in offices listening to us, too. We get emails all day and faxes. Some of the emails come from listeners on trains."

Perryman has interviewed lots of high-profile guests, including the Chemical Brothers, Sting ("a real gentleman") and Nile Rogers, who was "tons of fun," he recalls. "A few guests I know nothing about, but there are a lot of listeners out there who know a lot more about the artists than I do, so I have to make sure I can get to something in the interview that hardcore fans will appreciate."

While he covers all genres on his show, Perryman's own tastes run more to new cutting-edge sounds from the jazz and club scenes. "I come from a UK punk-new-wave background. When house music was created in the early '80s, I was starting to do club DJing and these two fused at the right time. I tend to keep getting into new music styles and I can't throw music away. I've still got every record I bought when I was a kid. I've probably got 10,000 CDs."

As the industry goes through technological changes, Perryman believes there will always be a demand for local radio. "Internet radio is extremely interesting, but it's impersonal. It's just about finding music. Old-fashioned FM will always be needed for people to tune in for today's weather, what's happening this weekend, to listen to other people they like."

Photo credit: Chris Betros




Byung-Hun Park

"More than ever, Japanese are studying Korean," says Byung-Hun Park. And that's good news for the 39-year-old owner of Tokyo's largest Korean bookstore. Starting out as an academic wholesaler providing textbooks and dictionaries to Japanese universities, Koma Book Co. in Chiyoda-ku (www.komabook.co.jp) has ridden the recent mania for all things Korean-as has Park himself. In addition to stocking his shop with novels, cookbooks and idoru accessories, the boyish book dealer hosts a weekly K-pop radio show with the Korean actress Mayu Sonoda, which can be heard on BS TV channel 300 every Tuesday from 8:40-9:25pm.

How do you enjoy your radio show?
Actually, I enjoy that more than the bookstore.

What do you think of K-pop?
Korean musicians sing very, very well, they dance well, they look really good. They have all those elements combined, so I think Korean music is by far the best in Asia and very competitive with American music.

Have you had Boa on your show?
Not yet.

Do you have a favorite Korean restaurant in Tokyo?
Too many to tell! After recording the radio show, I always go to a restaurant in Shin-Okubo, Tae Han Min Gu (03-5292-4448). What's good there? Sam gyup sal, a kind of grilled pork.

What misconceptions do Japanese have about Korea?
There's a big difference between the older and younger generation now. The older generation still thinks Korea is a backward country, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Japanese occupation. Deep inside their hearts they still degrade Koreans. The younger generation-because of this rage of Korean TV shows and everything-have a very positive image of Korea.

I see a lot of Bae Yong-Jun goods here.
Seventy-year-old women come and change into his T-shirt and walk out the door! Even Koreans have a hard time figuring out why he's so popular-there are better and better-looking actors.

How long will the Korea boom last?
As long as there are famous Korean stars, I think this rage will continue for a long time. But since Japanese people are sometimes weird, they all of a sudden turn back and suddenly start to like another actor or something. ST