Facing the music: Can Japan's vibrant record culture survive the COVID-19 pandemic?


Masaru Ono doesn’t know how he will feel when he closes the doors of RECOfan Shibuya BEAM, the iconic Tokyo record store he has managed for the past 20 years, for the final time at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

This record shop is known worldwide. When musicians come to Japan, they make it a point to visit this store and pick up some vinyl. This store closure will likely result in the creation of some tribute tracks in the club scene …