It’s no secret that the groups that formed during the Japanese band boom of the mid-to-late 1980’s were heavily influenced by Japan. What are your thoughts on such a unique band like Japan influencing an entire generation of mainstream Japanese musicians? Were you aware at the time that Japanese rock stars trying to sing like David and play like Masami were filling stadiums in Japan for the better part of a decade?

That’s the way it goes, artists absorb influences and reinterpret them and make them their own. It’s flattering to have an influence upon others, I’m sure we all feel that. It’s only irritating if it becomes flagrant plagiarism.

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