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Japanese authors’ society JASRAC has reported a small decrease in royalty collections in the 12 months to end-March 2016, after a similarly small increase in the previous 12-month period.


  • Despite a rise in general performance and digital collections and a flat year for broadcasting income, the continued decline in mechanical royalties resulted in an overall dip in collections.

Features and Benefits

  • Details royalty collections in Japan for the 12 months to end March.
  • Includes collection details by source and an update on the Japanese FTC investigation into the collection society's alleged antitrust activities.

Key questions answered

  • What caused the slight decline in Japanese royalty collections in the year to end-March?
  • What share of total royalty collections in Japan come from digital sources?

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  • Summary
  • Little change in royalty collections in Japan
  • Modest decline in mechanicals
  • JASRAC dominance under threat


  • Author

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