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Author: Tapperass
Subject: Origins of "Big in Japan"
Date: May 12th  11:57 am

I am a member of a trivia website, and a fellow member posted an interesting question about the origins of the term "Big in Japan"

Here is the question as it was posted:

'What is the origin of the term "big in Japan", is there someone or something that it was first connected with?'

There has not been a response to this question over on the other site, but I would like to know more about its origin, and this group is much better suited to address it.

Is there a band/performer who first inspired this saying?  

Just something I thought might spur some discussion.


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Author: Roel
Subject: Origins of "Big in Japan"
Date: May 13th  3:16 am

It refers to bands who are not successful in the States or Europe. A band that is 'Big in Japan' is normally one that is regarded as not good enough to make it here, or out of date. It can therefore be used to be a bit critical of someone's success

Big in Japan by Alphville in bio
Alphaville is a German synthpop/new wave band which gained popularity in the 1980s




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