J-MELO is the only Japanese music show in English. It’s packed with hits, exclusive performances and interviews, and lots more on every imaginable kind of Japanese music.
May J. is a singer who made her major-label debut in 2006. She has roots in Japan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Spain, and the UK.
Dave Spector is a Chicago-born TV producer with an encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese entertainment.
Kazumi Watanabe is an internationally renowned guitarist. He has been at the forefront of Japanese jazz since releasing his first recording in 1971.
☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo)
Taku Takahashi is one of Japan's top DJs and producers. He's part of the influential production team m-flo.
Singer-songwriter Joe Inoue was born in Los Angeles. He plays all the instruments on his recordings.
Morning Musume。'14 are an idol group with a continually changing lineup. They've been hugely popular since their formation in 1997.
Kylee is a singer with roots in Japan and the United States. She made her recording debut in Japan in 2010.
Maiko Katagiri (MAY'S)
Maiko is the daughter of a minyo (Japanese folk song) teacher. She made her major-label recording debut in 2008 as the vocalist for MAY'S—a partnership with DJ and producer Junichi Kawai a.k.a. NAUGHTY BO-Z.
SHANTI is a singer-songwriter who made her major-label recording debut in 2010. She presented J-MELO with May J. from 2008 to 2010.
Singer-songwriter LEO IMAI made his major-label recording debut in 2006. He has roots in Japan and Sweden.
Singer-songwriter JAY'ED has been a major-label recording artist since 2008. He has roots in Japan and New Zealand.
Singer-songwriter Ai Takekawa began working in music in her teens and became a major-label recording artist in 2009.
Kazufumi Miyazawa is a musician who's known worldwide for his work in bands THE BOOM and GANGA ZUMBA and for numerous solo projects.
Scott Murphy made his music debut with US pop-punk band ALLiSTER. He has released four J-pop cover albums as a solo artist.
Masakazu Kitanaka is a freelance music journalist who began his career as an editor of a music magazine.
Kotaro Iizawa is one of Japan's best-known photo critics and a director of the Photographic Society of Japan.
Hisao Saito is chief director of The Darkroom International, a Japanese organization that promotes photography and photographers. He's also on the international-relations committee of the Photographic Society of Japan.
Takamasa Sakurai is a media producer and pop-culture diplomat. He shares Japanese pop culture all over the world.
Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Tomoyuki Inoue is a TV screenwriter who works on many popular shows.