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Contributors who create NiEW together.

Sachiko Yasue

Translator and interpreter (Japanese-English and English-Japanese). I think my history as an uncontrolled listener of everything from death metal to Sumo jinku is useful in this line of work. I love all the artists I translate.

Ayaka Horiuchi

Born in 1989. Born in Niigata Prefecture. His nickname is Moo-moo. He mainly shoots portraits of musicians and actors for CD jackets, magazines, and websites. Loves traveling and museums.

Kotetsu Nakazato

Born in Tokyo in 1996. She is an editor, photographer, and writer, and works in a wide variety of fields regardless of her title. While involved in content production for all kinds of media, she is open about her non-binary identity and supervises content related to sexual minorities.

Shoichi Miyake

Born in Tokyo. After working as an editor for the culture magazines "SWITCH" and "EYESCREAM", he became independent. Currently, he works as a writer, artist manager, and music label manager.

Hiroshi Odagiri

Freelance writer and comics researcher. He specializes in American comics, but has written extensively on popular culture and visual culture in general. He is the author of "Creators in an Age When Anyone Can Express Themselves," "How War Is Changing Manga: The Transformation of American Comics" (NTT Publishing), "What is a Character" (Chikuma Shinsho), and co-editor of "American Comics Frontline" (Dai Nippon Printing).

Shoichi Yamamoto

Research and editing (text and audio). born 1991, Ursa Major.

Yasuo Murao

Music and film reviews. He has written for a wide range of media including Music Magazine, Record Collector's, Rollong Stone Japan, CINRA, Natalie, REALSOUND, bounce, INTOXICATE, CLUEL, FUDGE, GQ, and TOKION. He has also contributed to numerous liner notes and pamphlets.

Yoko Hasada


Born in 1987. Writer and editor. In addition to writing interviews and columns mainly on gender and feminism, she also conducts interviews on movies, idols, books, and other culture-related topics. Her main publications include "BRUTUS," "anan," "QuickJapan," "CINRA," and "me and you." She writes a manga column for QJweb and a movie column on Sisterhood for PINTSCOPE. She is also involved in writing and editing movie pamphlets, and her major works include "21st Century Girl" and "Eien ga Tsukijikko Suru Ikuru" (Eternity is Passing By).

Yuji Shibasaki


Born in Saitama, Japan in 1983. Music director and critic, involved in promotion and production in the record industry since 2006, and A&R for many artists. He is the author of "Music Goes On: The Latest Music Life Thoughts" (Music Magazine, 2021) and editor of "What is City Pop" (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2022).


Mansaku Kashiwai


Editor-in-Chief, NiEW / President, NiEW Inc. / Director, CINRA, Inc.
Born in Tokyo in 1981. While working as an artist as a member/producer of the band "Mechanero", he was involved in the production of various artists' works as an engineer. In 2006, he founded CINRA, Inc. as a director, and manages the business as a manager and editor-in-chief of the online store, music label, and culture space "MADO" (Shibuya Hikarie), centering on the culture media "CINRA.NET". As an event producer, he is responsible for the free admission music event "exPoP!!!!! and culture festival "NEWTOWN", and music festival "CROSSING CARNIVAL". In July 2022, he established "NiEW Inc.", a culture company that works with artists, teams, and organizations that present alternatives in all fields, and newly established the artist business, media business, and event business. Established artist business, media business, and event business.

Ban Obara


Writer, born in Tokyo in 1996, published his first collection of essays, "Don't Eat Karaage Bento Here," in March 2022.

Kana Tarumi


Portrait photography for various media, artist photos for musicians, live performances, and jackets. and jackets for musicians.



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