Masako Koyama


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Japan Music Trades Magazine

Masako Koyama worked closely with the Japan Music Trades Magazine founder, Mr. Hiyama. The magazine was launched in 1962 with the goal of sharing stories about the instruments and people in the industry to help bring the industry together. Koyama-san joined these efforts in 1976 and was soon sent to the Chicago NAMM Show, which was rare for a women reporter to make such a journey in those days. She was also covering the music industry in Czechoslovakia in 1989 when the change of socialist regime took place, which was a peaceful revolution and an historic event for her to witness first hand. After Mr. Hiyama passed away in 1999, Koyama-san worked closely with the staff to ensure his vision of supporting and bringing the music industry together would carry on in each of their publications.