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Formed in London, England in early 1974, Japan comprised David Sylvian (vocals), his brother Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (saxophone/bass). Rob (Robert) Dean joined the line-up as guitarist and the band subsequently won a recording contract with the German record company Ariola-Hansa. Eminently unfashionable in the UK punk era, they first found success in Japan.

After three albums with Ariola-Hansa, they switched to Virgin Records in 1980 and found their fortunes dramatically improving thanks to the surge of popularity in the New Romantic movement. Japan's androgynous image made them suddenly fashionable and they registered several UK Top 20 singles. Their albums Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) and Tin Drum (1981) were also well received. Rob Dean left the band after Gentlemen Take Polaroids but continued working with the band for one more tour thereafter.

Disagreements between Karn and Sylvian undermined the band's progress just as they were achieving some long-overdue success, and they split in late 1982. The members diversified into collaborative work and solo careers, reuniting (minus Dean) in 1991 for a project under the moniker of Rain Tree Crow.
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Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Album) Hansa (2) 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - Japan album art Japan Japan Not On Label (Japan) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Polaroid album art Japan Polaroid (Album) Not On Label (Japan) Singapore 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Performance At Drury Lane album art Japan Performance At Drury Lane (Album) Not On Label (Japan) Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Oil On Canvas album art Japan Oil On Canvas (Album, Comp) GL Golden Singapore 1983 Sell This Version
ETS 2514 Japan - Yebi - Sons Of Pioneers album art Japan Yebi - Sons Of Pioneers(2xLP, Unofficial) ETS ETS 2514 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
2C 154 Japan - Visions Of China album art Japan Visions Of China(3xLP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Japan) 2C 154 France 1983 Sell This Version
none Japan - Nightporter - Japan Live album art Japan Nightporter - Japan Live(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Japan) none UK 1983 Sell This Version
Japan - Budokan - Live In Tokyo 1979 album art Japan Budokan - Live In Tokyo 1979 Kamikaze Kid Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Japan - Methods Of Dance album art Japan Methods Of Dance Buccaneer Records (2), Buccaneer Records (2) Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CO 25177 Japan - The Final Show album art Japan The Final Show(CD, Album, Unofficial) Chapter One (3) CO 25177 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
IST 25 Japan - Oriental Performance 1980 album art Japan Oriental Performance 1980(CD, Unofficial) Insect Records (4) IST 25 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
Japan - Tin Drum album art Japan Tin Drum (Album) Strange Sounds Records Russia 1997 Sell This Version
Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Adolescent Sex (Album) ООО "ДОРА" Russia 1998 Sell This Version
Japan - Obscure Alternatives album art Japan Obscure Alternatives (Album) Agat Company Ltd., Nord Group Russia 1998 Sell This Version
E-29850-1-2 Japan - Sons Of Pioneers - City Hall, Newcastle, 27 Oct 1982 album art Japan Sons Of Pioneers - City Hall, Newcastle, 27 Oct 1982(2xCDr, Unofficial) Earth Records Ltd E-29850-1-2 2000 Sell This Version
Ayanami-066 Japan - Relax And Swing album art Japan Relax And Swing(2xCDr, Unofficial) Ayanami Ayanami-066 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
none Japan - Japan (Studio Albums) album art Japan Japan (Studio Albums)(CDr, Album, Unofficial, MP3) Домашняя Коллекция none Russia 2004 Sell This Version
none Japan - Live In Newcastle, UK, 10-27-1982 album art Japan Live In Newcastle, UK, 10-27-1982(2xCDr, M/Print, Unofficial) RVM(2) none Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Japan - Live In Amsterdam 4-7-1979 album art Japan Live In Amsterdam 4-7-1979(CDr, Unofficial) RVM(2) none Japan 2008 Sell This Version
WR-274 Japan - Live In Kyoto album art Japan Live In Kyoto(CDr, Unofficial) Wet Dreams Records WR-274 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none Japan - Nottingham Tapes album art Japan Nottingham Tapes(2xCDr, Unofficial) RVM(2) none Japan 2013 Sell This Version
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album art Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Album) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) Russia 2015 Sell This Version
none Japan - Yebi Nagoya Japan 1982 album art Japan Yebi Nagoya Japan 1982(2xCDr, Album, Unofficial) Virgin none Unknown Sell This Version
TRIAL-016 Japan - Ghosts In Kyoto album art Japan Ghosts In Kyoto(2xCDr, Album, M/Print, Unofficial) Trial (2) TRIAL-016 Japan Unknown Sell This Version