Pink Floyd’s complaint against Japan

Pink Floyd are among the most successful and respected British rock bands.

But in a song they wrote which mentions Japan, the video shows some very seedy looking geishas, played by Caucasians.

Still, when the record was made in 1983, Japan’s global image was not particularly positive. 

In this week’s Japan Story blog, we hear about the link between the Pink Floyd song Not Now John and the political mood in the Eighties.


Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.