At a certain point, even in New York and London, the seemingly immortal juggernaut of punk had become a zombie, shambling amid the lingering scent of big business and a heap of rotten imitators. Though the movement was thought to have drawn a clear line in history, that line had been eroded by time, along with a vague sense that the world was no longer so small.
The Sex Pistols broke up in 1978, the year the punk movement came to life in Japan. It was centered in Tokyo with the Rockers scene and in Osaka with the Kansai No Wave movement, which incorporated bands from Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and elsewhere in the Kansai region. I’ll spare you the details, but it is important that several of the founders of the Japanese noise scene started off as punks, notably Hide and Jojo Hiroshige, who evolved into Ultra Bide.