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The Japanese music trade association, the RIAJ, has reported physical and digital recorded music trade figures for the first three months of this year.


  • Although record companies in Japan will welcome the rise in digital revenue, physical formats still account for more than 80% of total trade earnings in the country. There is a real fear that any acceleration in the contraction rate of physical format sales could spell a tough few years for the Japanese recorded music sector.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the performance of Japan's recorded music sector in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Assesses how the shift in recorded company earnings from physical to digital formats is set to proceed.

Key questions answered

  • What share of record company earnings in Japan come from digital music formats and services?
  • What does the future look like for Japan's recorded music sector?

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  • Summary
  • Few positives in Japanese first-quarter recorded music sales
  • Transition from ownership to access continues
  • Japan set for inevitable decline


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