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This profile was last updated on 3/20/02  and contains information from public web pages.

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Web References > Media Coverage, 20 Mar 2002 [cached]
That's according to YesAsia ( ), which claims to be the largest online source for Asian pop-culture goodies. (Bill Haw, general manager of YesAsia's Japan office, speculates the reason J-pop is most popular among Chinese-Americans is because of their stronger sense of community and "Asian-ness.")
YESASIA: News & Press Releases - and Sony Music International Enter into U.S. Distribution and Marketing Alliance - North America Site, 30 Nov 2001 [cached]
Bill Haw, Director of Business Development and General Manager of Japan adds, "Sony Music is known throughout the world as an industry leader and innovator, and we are proud and excited to be working closely with them to promote their artists.
Today's News, 30 Nov 2001 [cached]
Bill Haw, Director of Business Development and General Manager of Japan adds, "Sony Music is known throughout the world as an industry leader and innovator, and we are proud and excited to be working closely with them to promote their artists.Awareness of Asian culture is on the rise worldwide, and we view this alliance as a significant milestone in our mission to popularize Asian music on a global scale."
About, Inc.
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, has established itself as the world's leading Internet source of Asian entertainment products including music, video, karaoke, games, comic books, magazines, electronics, toys and gifts.Leveraging alliances with Sony Music, EMI Asia, and Universal Music, as well as a global e-commerce infrastructure with offices in the U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong, is delivering quality customer service in over 200 countries, earning a Top Service award from Yahoo! in September 2000. > Management Team, 30 Nov 2001 [cached]
Bill Haw, General Manager, Japan
Bill brings over a decade of Japan-related experience to the position of General Manager of's Japan operations.Most recently, as founder and President of Lexicon International - a San Francisco based consultancy and business service provider with a focus on Japan and the United States, Bill played a hands-on role in the international business development activities of numerous companies in the retail, electronics, and I.T. sectors.Fluent in Japanese, Bill holds a Masters degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Kansas.
Bill Haw Jr. will open ..., 6 July 2013 [cached]
Bill Haw Jr. will open contemporary art gallery in former Dolphin building
Bill Haw Jr. will open contemporary art gallery in former Dolphin building
Haw Contemporary, a new gallery run by Kansas City native Bill Haw Jr., will occupy the Dolphin space at 1600 Liberty St. and will open its first exhibition, a group show, Sept. 13.
Haw, a businessman and art collector whose family owns the Livestock Exchange Building and other West Bottoms properties, is buying the Dolphin building.
Everybody knows that Dolphins closing was going to leave a big hole in Kansas City, Haw said.
Out of the passion and commitment that Bill Haw Jr. has gathered as a Dolphin supporter, collector and businessman, he is stepping up to embrace a destiny that is calling him to take it on.
Haw said he planned to continue to support local artists and keep the community event atmosphere. At the same time, he said, I want to more proactively engage and have a dialogue with collectors and deepen my relationship with them.
OBrien, who has decided to pursue his own creative projects, initially planned to lease the West Bottoms building, which he bought and renovated into a premier exhibition space five years ago.
Im not sure I would have done this with another person, he said. The potential of possibilities with Bill Haw doing this are beyond my imagination. Its something very exciting that we need in Kansas City, to have a different eye and different viewpoint on how to run a commercial gallery.
A lot of artists are leery of businesspeople, he added. I consider him to have a creative mind and also a business mind, and I think thats a rare thing. He seems to be able to walk in both worlds with ease.
Haw comes to his new project with a long resume of business experience. In the mid-1990s, he founded the Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. Last year he teamed up with restaurateur and chef Todd Schulte on a popular hand-made soup business, Uncommon Stock. He also runs the historic Hotel Frederick in Boonville, Mo., which the family bought and restored in 2004.
Haw has spent much of his career in Japan, where he worked for six years in education, translation and interpretation after graduating from the University of Kansas in 1989. He returned to KU in 1996 to earn a masters degree in Japanese studies and then set off for San Francisco, where he founded Lexicon, an English/Japanese translation business that expanded into bilingual Web development and other services for companies in Japan.
In 2001, he took a position with the online company, which sells Asian entertainment products, from CDs to video games. Four years later, Amazon hired him to be director of Amazon Japan.
Any business is about finding where the energy lives and accessing it and channeling it, whether its a soup business, a gallery or Amazon, Haw said. Thats why its not just 100 percent crazy for me to do an art gallery.
OBrien thinks the seeds were planted in 2010, when Haw returned to the U.S. with his wife, Hitomi, and two children and began to meet artists and buy art at Dolphin.
The Dolphin and John were really important parts of my life, Haw said.
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