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August 20, 1951|
London, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Broadcaster, author, music critic|
|Subject||Music criticism, Japanese culture|
Peter Barakan is a Japanese DJ and broadcaster, the host of "Barakan Beat" on InterFM. He also hosts the series Begin Japanology on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture.
Peter Barakan was born and raised in London by a Jewish father of Polish ancestry, and a mother of Burmese ancestry. After attending the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, Barakan entered the music industry as a clerk, and in 1974 moved to Japan to continue his career. He is married to Yoshida Mayumi. 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.
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- "Barakan Beat". InterFM.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "BEGIN Japanology". NHK World TV. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Betros, Chris (Issue 528). "IN PERSON - Voice of reason". Metropolis Tokyo. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Barakan Morning". InterFM 76.1 FM. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
- "Are You Ready to Stage a Media Coup?". Media Techtonics. August 13, 2010.
- Grunebaum, Dan (2011-07-01). "Japan's new wave of protest songs ; YouTube is the medium when artists speak out against nuclear power". International Herald Tribune (HighBeam Research). Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "City Leaders discuss Tohoku's future after tsunami". U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) (HighBeam Research). States News Service. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Japanese viewers may want their MTV, but they won't be getting it". Rocky Mountain News. June 25, 1991. Billboard.
- Interview with Barakan on EnglishCentral.com