Some people are confused by my fascination with "j-music". I don't understand what's so weird about it. Tons of great music comes out of Japan, music that would and should appeal to people who like any genre of music. Music from Japan shouldn't be marginalized based on it being Japanese. When you examine international music scenes, Japan is one of the few countries that offers music that is top tier in many diverse genres; and offers a lot of it. This is true with hardcore, punk, and other "underground" music, but more to my point, it's true with popular music.
If you think "R&B" (read: hip-hop influenced pop music) is popular here, you should have been in Japan in 2000. They have been riding this train FOREVER, this type of music is more relevant than ever in the land of the rising sun. Utada Hikaru
, Koda Kumi
, Namie Amuro
, J Soul Brothers
, Crystal Kay
... the list goes on, and on, and on.