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After an erratic few years, Japan’s recorded music industry seems to have entered a period of stability. Its overall rate of decline in revenue slowed in 2014 and indications are this year could well be flat.


  • Looking beyond 2015, there is a real possibility that Japan’s recorded- usic sector will suffer a return to contraction given that physical format sales are almost certainly going to fall at some stage in the near future.

Features and Benefits

  • The report provides detailed analysis of all aspects of Japan's music industry.
  • The latest figures published by the relevant trade associations and industry bodies are included in the report.

Key questions answered

  • What does the future hold for the Japanese recorded music industry?
  • How does the Japanese live music sector compare to its recorded music counterpart?

Table of contents


  • In brief

Recorded music

  • Slowdown in physical decline and digital growth
  • Difficult times ahead
  • Repertoire
  • Record companies

Music retail and digital access

  • Transition in selling recorded music
  • Downloads dominate digital sales
  • Streaming all set for ascendancy
  • Highly developed digital infrastructure

Copyright protection and rights administration

  • Copyright law amendment
  • Royalty collections


  • Declining radio market
  • Digital TV transition completed


  • Methodology
  • Author

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