Actor Dante Carver became Japan’s top TV commercial star back in 2008. He is famous for appearing in a series of ads for Softbank Mobile.
It is a huge accomplishment done by a non-Japanese celebrity. For aspiring black actors, it opens doors for others to follow in his footsteps. Dante Carver sets a great example of hope and triumph in a non-English speaking country. Anything is possible if people just believe in themselves and willing to take a chance. Being black in Japan helped him stand out easier and I strongly believe people appealed to that.
Despite cultural differences, it proves to be a major advantage because he has unique features and does not fit the profile of how a Japanese person should look like. Dante Carver is one of several successful individuals that has made a name for themselves in the Japanese entertainment industry. Two other successful people are America enka singer Jero and international film actor/martial artist Chuck Johnson based out of Tokyo.
Hopefully, it will motivate more black people to strive for excellence beyond America. We can and will continue to push the boundaries in achieving greatness around the globe. Watch the YouTube video below featuring Dante’s Softbank TV commercial and an interview about his success in The Land of the Rising Sun: