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Country Profile – Japan 2018

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Three become one for Japanese independent-music trade bodies

There’s a new trade body for independent musicians and labels in Japan. It’s called the Independent Music Coalition of Japan (IMCJ for short) and is a merger of three existing organisations: the Independent Records and...
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Meet Kasotsuka Shojo – the cryptocurrency-themed J-Pop group

We’ve come a long way from Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice and Posh Spice, it’s fair to say. Japanese pop group Kasotsuka Shojo have been getting a wave of coverage in the west for being the first...
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Japan Special Report 2017

This report was presented at Tokyo Dance Music Event (TDME) in Japan at the beginning of December and has been prepared following various forays into – and interviews with major stakeholders inside – this fascinating...
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Deezer HiFi streaming service is launching in Japan this month

Deezer is launching its hi-res ‘HiFi’ tier in Japan this month, working with local partners Onkyo, Pioneer Marketing and Yamaha. Deezer HiFi will offer FLAC-quality streaming in Japan with a catalogue of more than...
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Artimage’s Masaji Asakawa talks dance music and digital evolution in Japan

Masaji Asakawa is the founder and CEO of Japanese music management company Artimage, although he first came to prominence as a DJ and musician: a prime mover in Japan’s house music scene in the 1990s and 2000s. At Artimage,...
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Amazon launches Echo devices and Alexa in Japan

Amazon is continuing its slow-but-steady global rollout of its Echo smart speakers and Alexa voice assistant. Having launched the devices in India in October, now they’re debuting in a major music market: Japan. The...
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RIAJ research gives new insights into streaming challenge in Japan

What's the most popular way to listen to music in Japan? Many people in the music industry's first answer would be CD, given the market's continued domination by physical sales. But no. According to research published...
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The Orchard ramps up in Japan with latest hire

Digital distributor The Orchard has signalled its intentions in Japan by creating a new position of Director, Japan, and recruiting industry veteran Ken Seki to fill it. Seki joins after 25 years working for companies...
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AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption

Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
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Country Profile – Japan 2016

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Universal ties up with Japanese firm Office Augusta

Universal Music finished off 2016 with one more deal: an ‘exclusive strategic relationship’ with Japanese music company Office Augusta. The deal saw Universal Music Japan obtain exclusive rights for Office Augusta’s...