Max Matsuura

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Max Matsuura
Birth name 松浦 勝人 (Matsuura Masato?)
Born (1964-10-01) October 1, 1964 (age 50)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Genres Pop, eurobeat
Occupation(s) Talent manager, record producer, songwriter, music executive, radio personality
Years active 1988–present
Labels Avex Group
Associated acts

Masato Matsuura (松浦 勝人 Matsuura Masato?, born October 1, 1964 in Yokohama, Japan), better known as Max Matsuura (松浦 マックス Matsuura Makkusu?), is a Japanese record producer and president of one of the largest music labels Avex Group. He is known mainly for discovering and developing new artists and converting them into big stars. Ayumi Hamasaki is the most famous example of Matsuura's work, as well as he is known for reviving Ami Suzuki's career after she was let go by her previous record label.

Personal life[edit]


In 2003, he married Aki Hatada, a former gravure model.

Radio Program[edit]

His weekly radio program, Max Matsuura Work, Work, Play for Fun! (max matsuura 仕事が遊びで遊びが仕事?), started September 5, 2009. It is heard every Sunday, 1:00-1:30 AM, on Nippon Broadcasting System.[1][2]


Avex Internal Feud[edit]

Last 2004, Matsuura was the subject of some controversy when he considered leaving Avex Music Group due to a feud with Tom Yoda. Many artists, including Ayumi Hamasaki, said that they would also move in the event that he did so.[3] Thus, stocks for Avex Trax plunged and Yoda ended up resigning, ending the feud.[4]

Closing His Twitter Account[edit]

Last July 17, 2011, Matsuura closed his Twitter account due to an intense feud with fans of JYJ.[5]

Bailing TK Out of Jail[edit]

See also: Tetsuya Komuro

In March 2009, Matsuura helped Tetsuya Komuro in the latter's fraud case. He paid the plaintiff ¥648,000,000.00 (¥500,000,000.00 for the exact amount, ¥100,000,000.00 for compensations and ¥48,000,000.00 for delay damages). He also recommended a job for the disgraced record producer. These helped in Komuro's release and a new lease on life.


Hiroyuki Igarashi, leader of EXILE, attended the same high school, Kanazawa High School.

Academic profile[edit]

  • High School : Kanazawa High School
  • College : Nihon University (Business Administration)


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