Did Tokyo 2020 foster diversity and harmony?
It’s little known that as part of the Tokyo 2020 Games, there was an official cultural program dedicated to highlight minority artists, such as those with physical disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ.
The program is called "MAZEKOZE Island Tour," with Mazekoze meaning “mixing up” or , in a broader sense, “diversity.”
The Mazekoze video, which is available on YouTube (please see links below), features various inspiring, minority artists ranging from dwarf performers to dancers with a prosthesis.
We had an exclusive interview with Japanese actress Chizuru Azuma, who served as executive director for the Mazekoze project.
At PBMC, we had our own Olympic team this summer, which consisted of about 10 experienced sports news directors, editors, supervisors and supporting staff.
Their mission was to produce Olympic highlight videos for Japanese audiences on a daily basis during the Games, focusing on the performances of top Japanese and international athletes.
Thanks to the highly professional production staff on our team and their supporters, we’re happy to announce that we’ve accomplished one of our most challenging - and rewarding - projects without a hitch and by the deadline.
As everyone knows, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were held under extremely difficult circumstances - a year’s delay, no spectators, and tough restrictions imposed on essentially everyone taking part in the huge international event.
To deliver powerful, inspiring and moving stories of Olympic athletes to the audience, our directors, editors and supporting staff started their days early in the morning and stayed in our editing room till late at night amid a fast-paced production environment as Japan earned an unprecedented number of medals during these Games.
Among other things, our team’s forte was story-telling. Our directors made sure to check each athlete’s interview clip word by word and picked their strongest messages to weave the best stories possible.
The team members were also highly motivated and proud of their work. As the Olympics brought the entire world together, there’s no doubt that this project also united us as a strong team!
Some of our work can be seen here:
In a recent radio interview, PBMC’s CEO Toshi Maeda talked about his life, career, and the road trip he took from the US down to South America that inspired him to become a journalist and eventually work as a media entrepreneur.
You can watch a shortened version of the interview on YouTube here:
Many thanks to veteran TV reporter Masaki Omura and Kartz Media Works CEO Takashi Murakami for an enjoyable conversation.
The "Media Style" series is a live radio program on Tokyo's Rainbow Town FM that invites and interviews a professional in the media industry every week. The YouTube video is an edited version of the live radio interview and is available anytime. Please check it out!
In order for us to meet an increasing demand for online video content, we have opened a new “editing room” on the 7th floor of our office building.
This floor will provide work space for up to 10 video editors, and will be used during the Tokyo Olympics, as well.
With most of the Games taking place without spectators, our production team will be helping inform the world of daily developments and highlights of the Olympics by producing and delivering news videos from this editing room.
Under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all our editors and production staff.
Please come by if you are around!
PBMC has produced a promotional video for Netflix's animation series - "Yasuke: East Meets West."
A short, behind-the-scenes documentary showcasing the Yasuke series, including interviews with Academy Award-nominated actor LaKeith Stanfield, director LeSean Thomas, character designer Takeshi Koike and Grammy Award-winning composer Flying Lotus.
The mini-series tells a fantastical story of Yasuke, who was actually a real-life black samurai who served under Japanese warlord Nobunaga Oda in the late 1500s.
What’s unique about this show is that while it was animated by one of Japan’s leading animation studios, MAPPA, it was actually directed by LeSean Thomas, an African American working in Tokyo.