Furthermore, Matthew is also an independent consultant and web designer, has served as executive director of chambers of commerce in Tokyo, project manager for blockchain projects in Seattle, and donates much of his free time to development activities in Tohoku.
Independently, Matthew is also a musician, booker, and tour manager in Japan’s independent music scene. Over the last 7 years, he’s coordinated over 50 events and worked on 3 large scale international music festivals. He has also spoken at US universities about the dynamic cultures and alternative business models in the “underground.”
Relatedly, he has also started as an amateur media producer, stitching together the strands of Japan’s music scene scattered in coronatime. The pandemic has wrecked the Status Quo, and by and large he sees this as a net-positive. He seeks to document the evolution of societies resulting from these difficult times.