American Public Media’s American RadioWorks Explores Japan’s Pop Power

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American Public Media’s American RadioWorks Explores Japan’s Pop Power

Documentary is Entertaining Journey from Tokyo to Middle America

(St. Paul, Minn.) October 5, 2006—American RadioWorks,® the award-winning documentary unit of American Public Media, today announced its current broadcast, "Japan’s Pop Power."

For decades, the United States has been the dominant exporter of pop culture. In the 21st century, it has a powerful new competitor—Japan. Young people across the globe watch anime, read manga comic books from right to left, listen to J-pop, and play with Japanese toys and video games.

"Japanís Pop Power" explores what’s so cool about Japan and asks whether this ancient nation rise will again, this time as the world’s leading exporter of fantasy.

TUNE IN: "Japan’s Pop Power" will air on public radio stations nationwide in October.

WEB SITE: The transcript and audio of the documentary, along with photos and links and resources, are available at:

"Japan’s Pop Power" was supported by the U.S. Japan Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

American RadioWorks
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, American RadioWorks is public radio’s largest documentary production unit. It creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. American RadioWorks has staff journalists in Washington, DC, Duluth, MN, San Francisco, CA, and Durham, NC. The American RadioWorks team features some of the most accomplished names in public radio journalism, including executive producer Bill Buzenberg, executive editor/correspondent Stephen Smith, economics correspondent Chris Farrell and host Ray Suarez.

Major funding for American RadioWorks is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.