Hi Steve. Ive been a Japan fan for 2 years now, I first got into you through Q.L as I love that Moroder style intro on Quiet Life, then realised you did L.I.T with him. I then worked my way backwards to the A.S and O.A albums which I think are massively underrated, then I ventured into solo territory. (Not forgetting RTC) – Currently im getting into yours, the song Sleepyard is amazing, I didn’t realise its mono, its very well disguised, may I ask why you decided to make the song mono? Thanks :)

Thank you sir … but it is (or should be) in stereo – it was when I left it.

Hi Steve. Back in the midsts of time (1983) on Riverside, there were some excerpts shown from video you had taken of Ryuichi Sakamoto at home and you were quoted in a magazine talking about filming a documentary looking at people living and working in Japan. Are these one and the same? Did the film ever get completed? Does it still exist?

They are indeed one and the same and I do still have some footage … an interview I made with Ryuichi at his home, and another with Masami on a beautiful day at the foot of Mount Fuji, and also with Hajime Tachibana on a rocky sea-front, plus one or two other items. I don’t recall what happened to the plan for a documentary as it was a very busy year for me and perhaps the opportunity was lost along the way, or maybe my heart wasn’t in it. Oh, yes … I seem to recall feeling that I failed miserably as an interviewer so that might have had something to do with it. Really not as easy as it looks … or perhaps interviewing work colleagues isn’t the best of dynamics.