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...
March 22, 2018
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...
January 15, 2018
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...
December 20, 2017
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...
December 7, 2017
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,...
November 17, 2017
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...
November 8, 2017
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...
September 25, 2017
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...
August 10, 2017
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...
February 3, 2017