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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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Remix

Japan - Visions Of China album art Japan Taking Islands In Africa (Remix) Japan - Visions Of China (Single) Virgin Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Japan album art Japan Taking Islands In Africa Japan - Japan (Comp) Epic, Virgin US 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Life In Tokyo album art Japan Life In Tokyo (Special Remix) Japan - Life In Tokyo (Single) Ariola Records America, Hansa Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - Exorcising Ghosts album art Japan Taking Islands In Africa Japan - Exorcising Ghosts (Comp) Virgin France 1984 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Japan - Oil On Canvas album art Japan Japan - Oil On Canvas (Album) Virgin Hong Kong 1983 Sell This Version
CDVDX2897, 72438501 9524, 7243 8 50195 2 4 Japan - Everything And Nothing album art David Sylvian David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing(2xCD, Comp, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2) CDVDX2897, 72438501 9524, 7243 8 50195 2 4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Japan - 21 Original Chartbusters Video Pop album art Various Various - 21 Original Chartbusters Video Pop(VHS, Comp, PAL) Wienerworld Presentation none Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Japan - Don't Rain On My Parade album art Japan Japan - Don't Rain On My Parade (Single) Durium Marche Estere, Hansa, Durium Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - The Unconventional album art Japan Japan - The Unconventional (Single) Ariola Hansa Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Japan - Adolescent Sex (Album, Single) Ariola Hansa US 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Obscure Alternatives album art Japan Japan - Obscure Alternatives (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Sometimes I Feel So Low album art Japan Japan - Sometimes I Feel So Low (Single) Columbia Record Productions US 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Japan - Adolescent Sex (Single) Hansa, Durium Marche Estere, Durium Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - Life In Tokyo album art Japan Love Is Infectious Japan - Life In Tokyo (Single) Ariola Records America, Hansa Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Japan - Quiet Life (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa Benelux 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - The Art Of Parties album art Japan Japan - The Art Of Parties (Single) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
204.012 Japan - Double Art album art Various The Art Of Parties Various - Double Art(LP, Comp) Ariola 204.012 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
VEP 305 Japan - The Art Of Parties album art Japan / ABBA The Art Of Parties Japan / ABBA - The Art Of Parties(12", Single, MP) Virgin VEP 305 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
32VD-1112, VGDCD-3510 Japan - Exorcising Ghosts album art Japan The Art Of Parties and 1 more… Japan - Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 32VD-1112, VGDCD-3510 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Japan - Prophétique 1978 ~ 1980 album art Japan Japan - Prophétique 1978 ~ 1980 (EP, Comp, Album) BMG Victor Inc., Hansa Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ERCD 083 Japan - To Cut A Long Story Short - A Tribute To The Pioneers Of Electronic Pop album art Various Visions (Of China) Various - To Cut A Long Story Short - A Tribute To The Pioneers Of Electronic Pop(CD, Comp) Energy Rekords ERCD 083 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
74321 25958 2 Japan - Quiet Life / Assemblage album art Japan Japan - Quiet Life / Assemblage(Comp + 2xCD, Album, M/Print) Arista, BMG 74321 25958 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Japan - A Tribute To Japan : Life In Tokyo album art Various Various - A Tribute To Japan : Life In Tokyo (Comp) BMG, Ariola Japan 1996 Sell This Version
TBS-7513 Japan - Jack Boots album art No Knife Communist China No Knife - Jack Boots(7", Single) Time Bomb Recordings TBS-7513 US 1997 Sell This Version
88697279251 Japan - Theater Van Het Sentiment De Jaren 60, 70 & 80 album art Various Adolescent Sex Various - Theater Van Het Sentiment De Jaren 60, 70 & 80(LP, Comp) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697279251 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version