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Written by Parminder Gill   
Sunday, 10 April 2005

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Date of Birth 2 August 1970
Place of Birth Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Tohoku, Japan
Lives San Francisco, USA
Education Economics at Aoyama-Gakuin University
Employment Sega 1993-Present
Blood Type A
Drives Dodge Stealth R/T
Musical Disciplines Guitars, Bass and Keyboards

Favorites
Cartoons Road Runner, Chip n' Dale, The Little Mermaid and Felix the Cat
Games Sonic series
Movies Animal House and Blues Brothers
TV programmes Saturday Night Live and Tonight Show
Food & Drink Mexican and Italian

Music
Favorite Classic Artists
Boston, Toto, Journey, Ratt, Billy Idol

Favorite Current Artists
American Hi-Fi, Michelle Branch, Garbage, Marvelous 3

Favorite Guitarists
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Warren DeMartini (Ratt), Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt), Steve Lukather (Toto), George Lynch (Dokken) and Michael Landau

Biography
Jun was born and raised in Japan. He started playing piano at the early age of 3 and became devoted to rock music while living in Panama at the age of 12. He tried to play keyboards, bass but finally he got his first electric guitar at 15, rocking to records and the radio. He joined and formed several bands in Japan. Since the debut album from Hardline was released in 1992, Jun has dreamt of teaming up with a singer like Johnny.

After graduating from college in 1993, Jun joined Sega as a music composer for videogames. He wrote hard rockin'' songs with Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Tony Harnell (TNT, Westworld), Ted Poley (Danger Danger, Melodica) and Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt). Jun has also released several albums in Japan. As the sound producer and main music composer of the videogame Sonic Adventure, he was able to contact Johnny through Doug Aldrich and they tracked their 1st song, "Open Your Heart" in Los Angeles.

The relationship between Jun and Johnny was born as they kept in contact, creating music, which they released in the album "Thrill of the Feel" under the name Sons of Angels in 2000 from JVC records for Japanese market. And also they tracked the song "Live and Learn" which became the main theme of Sonic Adventure 2 in 2001.

Facts
Jun has an endorsement from Japanese guitar and musical instrument manufacturer ESP and another with popular guitar equipment manufacturer Line 6.

Jun is also a columnist for Japanese metal magazine BURRN! (Jan 1999-) and has been a columnist for both The Sega Saturn Magazine (1997-1998) and Dreamcast Magazine.

Jun was in fact not in the band Loudness, contrary to a multitude of websites reporting him as once being a member. Those familiar with the band will know that Akira Takasaki has been the guitarist since the beginning of the band.

 

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