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This update provides a detailed analysis of all of Japan's main music industry sectors.


  • Of all the leading recorded-music markets, Japan is certainly the most erratic, with some sizable differences in annual performance.
  • Although record-company income from physical formats continues to be unpredictable, the digital sector has become more stable.

Features and Benefits

  • Details all the main sectors of Japan's music industry.
  • Covers sectors including recorded music, music retail, royalty collections, and live.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest revenue generator for Japanese authors and publishers?
  • What share of recorded-music trade sales is generated by streaming?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Physical formats dominate recorded-music trade sales

Music retail

  • Digital progress under the physical format shadow

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Little change in authors’ royalty collections


  • Methodology
  • Author

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