Robert Wakamatsu is production coordinator for Duo Creative Communications, the San Francisco-based company that's been producing the narrative portion of the hit Japanese TV show The World's Astonishing News! (WAN) in the Bay Area for the last five years.
Japan's national network, Nippon Television, plays one pre-recorded episode per week, and the shows are not repeated.
Born and raised in Orange County, Wakamatsu grew up bilingual, speaking both Japanese and English.
After receiving a BA in International Relations from SF State, Wakamatsu eschewed corporate opportunities and headed in a different direction by joining the Duo Creative team in the company's early days.
While the dual threats of runaway production and rising costs continue to block the TV and film production that the Bay Area once enjoyed (and currently hopes for), Duo Creative
has produced a small but welcome silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud.
Working long hours on set six or seven days a week, Wakamatsu
is hard to catch, so we conducted our interview 'on the run' over the phone.
Wakamatsu's tone is consistently warm and friendly, reflecting a positive attitude about his
work and aspirations.