|Name Peter Barakan|
Children Shinnosuke Barakan
Nephews Shane Barakan
|Spouse Mayumi Yoshida|
Movies The Old Crocodile
Siblings Shane Fontayne
|Born August 20, 1951 (age 72) London, United Kingdom (1951-08-20) |
Occupation Broadcaster, author, music critic
Subject Music criticism, Japanese culture
Similar People Shane Fontayne, Mayumi Yoshida, Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Peter Barakan is a British born Japanese DJ and broadcaster, the host of "Barakan Beat" on InterFM. He also hosts the series Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture.
Barakan Discovers Tokyo
Peter Barakan DJ SHOW @GRANDFATHER’S PLAY LIST
Peter Barakan was born and raised in London by a Jewish father of Polish ancestry and an Anglo-Burmese mother. After attending SOAS, University of London, Barakan entered the music industry as a clerk, and in 1974 moved to Japan to continue his career. He wrote lyrics and handled international marketing for the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra. His younger brother is musician Shane Fontayne.
He hosted the TBS program CBS Document beginning in October 1988, a Japanese edition of 60 Minutes. He hosted the 3-hour Barakan Morning on InterFM radio as late as 2011. During the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Barakan was prevented from playing a nuclear protest song, because it could "'create fuhyo higai, which means 'damage from rumors.'" In 2012, Barakan led a U.N. sponsored multi-city mayoral panel discussion on community rebuilding following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.