Intercultural Communication Center(ICC)Waseda University

ICC Talk session: “Changing K-pop into Japanese music: The Art of Adapting Lyrics and Content” Guest Speaker: Mr. Masayuki Furuya (K-POP journalist, radio DJ, television VJ, professor) (Dec.6th)


Since the beginning of the 2000s, Korean entertainment, especially Korean pop music, know as K-POP, has been a constant presence in Japan.
K-POP and Korean TV dramas are positioned as one of the important export industries in Korea and have spread into countries all over the world.

But this K-POP wave expansion in Japan is very different when compared to other parts of the world.
While K-POP artists are usually accepted as they are by foreign audiences, in Japan they are clearly made to adapt to J-POP standards. Starting with the Korean lyrics being translated to Japanese, sometimes the whole style of the artist is also changed!

In this ICC Talk Session, we would like to understand why and how this adaptation of content happens.
To lead the discussion, we invited K-POP journalist, radio DJ and television VJ Mr. Masayuki Furuya.
Mr. Furuya is thoroughly familiar with entertainment industries both in Japan and Korea, and he will share with us his ample knowledge earned through almost 20 years of experience working as a translator and MC for countless Korean artists and also directly in the translation of music lyrics.

If you are a K-POP fan or wish to work as a translator or in the entertainment industry, this event is a must for you! It is not only a great chance for Japanese and foreign students to know more about K-POP and the Korean Wave, but also for Korean students to understand more about this unique phenomenon related to their own culture! Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!

Date & Time

Dec. 6th 2017 (Wed), 4:30-6:00pm (Doors Open: 4:10pm)


Okuma Garden House (Bldg.25), 1st Floor


Waseda Students, Staff and General Public




Not Required (Seating for 80 people, standing room available)



Guest Profile


Mr. Masayuki Furuya

Born in Hokkaido, he has a Master’s degree from Sophia University. He became interested in Korean entertainment after getting a K-POP CD as a gift from a friend during his overseas studies in Canada.
He was the DJ for the first Japanese radio show dedicated only to K-POP and the first Japanese person to be a VJ for MTV KOREA’s J-POP program.
Starting with Bae Yong Joon, he has worked more than 500 times as a MC and a translator for many famous Korean stars and K-POP artists. Recently, he has also been working as the representative director of K-POP label OLDHOUSE, as a radio DJ, television VJ, and as a coordinator for Japanese and Korean musical culture exchange.


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Okuma Garden House (Bldg.25), 1st Floor


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