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Life of a Half Japanese Comedian in Tokyo

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Anthony is a Japanese comedian who has been featured on many TV shows such as Wednesdays with Downtown (水曜日のダウンタウン), and a well-known television celebrity within Japan. He is part of the comedy duo known as Matenrou. He was born to an African-American father and Japanese mother in a suburb of Tokyo, but his father passed away when he was 2 years old. At age 5, his mother re-married to a Japanese man who raised him as his own, along with Anthony’s mother. Listen to his story on how he navigated life as the only black person in his area, with full Japanese parents, and only knowing how to speak Japanese. As Anthony made his way into comedy and the television industry, many other mixed Japanese people continue to support him and he is part of a unique community of other mixed Japanese celebrities who appear on TV.

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