As the devastation of one of Japan's worst natural disasters slowly subsides amidst uncertain radioactive futures, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake has had an unforgettable impact on the Japanese population. In the midst of preparing his first solo album launch, Japanese rapper and designer VERBAL quickly saw his focus move away from promotion and towards helping and supporting. We spoke with VERBAL regarding what sort of change the after effects of the earthquake and the tsunami have had on the Japanese youth and how it has influenced the creative realm. The help of foreign friends together with a quick alignment of the Japanese people have surely put the right steps forward towards rebuilding Japan.

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