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This section includes magazine covers featuring Japan. Any additions would be very welcome.

UK Fan Club magazines - 1978

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Published just before Japan became really successful in the Far East, these magazines have a "fanzine" or punk quality about them which is quite endearing. Packed with unique photos, both editions also include lengthy interviews with Chris Carr.

Record Mirror 25 November 1978

Includes the "Samurai Of 42nd Street" article about their US tour.

Thanks Charles!

Ongaku Senka Japan, November 1978

Ongaku Senka - Japan 1978

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108 pages. Monster tome full of Japan photos taken in London and at a Radio Luxembourg session in 1978. Includes a few short articles in English but the text is mostly Japanese. Appears to have been put together with the co-operation of the group as there are several features written by them. Some stunning photography. The magazine was re-printed in 1982, the later edition including an updated discography but is otherwise identical.

Music Life Japan February 1979

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Includes a report on Japan's USA tour (Autumn 1978) and a feature on their reactions to news about their success in Japan.

Music Life Japan March 1979

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Japan are shown on the front cover receiving the Music Life Award for "Brightest Hope" for 1979. They came second to Queen in the Best Group category and were near the top in all other polls. The magazine includes two Japan features and a fold-out poster/flyer promoting the Music Life Japan Specials.

Ongaku Senka Japan, March 1979

Rock Show - Japan April 1979

Rockin On - Japan May 1979

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Music Life specials - Japan March + May 1979

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Both of these magazines were published after the first Japanese tour and feature many pictures of the group in Japan, in London, in the studio, backstage, onstage, out and about meeting people, posed shots etc. The second magazine includes a fold-out poster of the group at a Japanese temple. 

Hitkrant - April 1979

Adolescent Club Magazine June 1979

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Rockin On December 1979

Thanks Ozboys!

Hitkrant - 1979

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Music Life Japan January 81

Sounds - UK April 1980

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Includes a lengthy feature about the group's 1980 Japanese tour. Very interesting to compare this with the Japanese magazine above, as some of the events covered in the Sounds article are photographed in the other.

Rock Show - Japan 1980

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Rock Show was a general rock/pop magazine published in Japan. Most issues published between 1980 and 1982 feature Japan in some way or other.

Oor - Holland 1980

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Ongaku Senka - February 1981

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Includes features on the Polaroids tour, Mick's first exhibition of sculptures plus an interview with the group.

Smash Hits - UK October 1980

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Japan's first Smash Hits cover feature (there were three in total). Includes an interview conducted during the recording of the Gentlemen Take Polaroids album. Smash Hits, Record Mirror and Sounds were the UK magazines that supported Japan before they became successful in chart terms.

Sounds - June 1981

Oor - June 1981

Fan Club magazine No1 - UK Summer 1981

Includes the Rock Show chat between Sylvian and Sakamoto in English. The Official UK Japan Fan Club had two incarnations, one existed in 1978-79 and was run from Hansa, but that closed down and the second FC was started with the involvement of Connie from the group's office. The magazines are pretty thin and not of the best quality. The final issue (see below) was not printed on glossy paper and seems more like a fanzine than a professional publication.  You can read the Sylvian & Sakamoto interview here.

Fan Club magazine No2 - UK Winter 1981

Zig Zag December 1981

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Rockin On - Japan January 1982

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Record Mirror April 1982

Thanks Charles!

Oh Boy! June 1982

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Thankyou to Jean for the image and the following review: "Unfortunately there is no Japan/ Sylvian content in the magazine. The inside cover states "This week's gorgeous cover guy needs no introduction, but in case you are still in the dark, it's David Sylvian of Japan".

NME UK February 1982

Sounds April 1982


Zig Zag - Mick Karn Reveals All - UK Spring 1982

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Legendary magazine with provocative content. Steve took the hot photos of Mick which were allegedly taken just to annoy David Sylvian.

International Musician - May 1982


Noise - UK 1982

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Rockin On - Japan July 1982

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Japan Fan Library - UK Summer 1982.

A great buy if you can find it, this magazine, written by Betty Page with photography by Fin Costello, includes interviews, many rare pictures, a discography and lots more. 

Ongaku Senka - Japan June 1982

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Record Mirror July 1982

Inrock - Japan September 1982

Viva Rock - Japan October 1982

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Features photos taken when Steve and David were in Japan working with members of Y.M.O. on various solo projects.

Hit Machine Poster magazine - UK Autumn 1982

And this is the poster:

Noise Tour Special - UK December 1982

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Noise December 1982 

This doesn't feature Japan on the cover but it is worth getting as it includes the second part of Betty Page's lengthy feature on the final Japan tour.

Soundmaker - UK October 1982

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Includes a feature about the early part of Japan's final tour. This magazine was only available in Northern England and Scotland. All the photos are by Fin Costello and later appeared in the Sons Of Pioneers book.

Smash Hits - UK November 1982

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David talks about the split.

Japan Fan Club magazine No3 (last issue) - UK late 1982

NME 6 November 1982

Thanks Ozboyz!

Ongaku Senka - December 1982

Includes a feature on Japan's Whistle Test performance and an interview with Masami.

Music Life - January 1983

Includes a feature on the group's final UK and European live dates, plus an interview with David. 

Ongaku Senka - February 1983

Includes photos from the Budokan concert with YMO members and an interview with Steve and Rich.

Rock Show February 1983

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Rock Show April 1983

Ongaku Senka July 1983

Includes an interview with David and pictures of Steve and Rich on tour with Ippu Do.

Music Life Japan - September 1983

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Includes an interview with David.

The Beat - HMV magazine 1984

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Thanks to Ozboyz!   

Crown Vo, 5 - Japan 1988 (free with Viva Rock magazine)

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Features a history of the group from 1978 to 1988, Japanese tour dates and a Japan and solo discography. Includes an article written by Sakamoto.

Music Life 40th Anniversary Special - Japan January 1990

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Music Technology - UK may 1991

Image provided by Lee Taylor

Cry For Dawn Winter 1991

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This is a horror comic. There is no Japan content, except the image of the Adolescent Sex poster in the background. Presumably the Dawn character was a fan? Many thanks to Joe for the images.

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