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Japan is the second largest recorded music market in the world. According to the IFPI, the country ended 2015 behind the US in terms of overall trade revenue but was comfortably the global leader for trade income from sales of physical formats.


  • One of only two Asian countries in the global top 10 (South Korea is the other), Japan is unique in several ways, with trade revenue from sales of physical formats still accounting for more than 80% of total record company income.
  • After several years of decline, digital earnings have started rising again and subscription services are growing rapidly.
  • The dominance of major record companies is being challenged by a number of local independent companies.

Features and Benefits

  • Details all sectors of Japan's music industry and includes all of the latest industry data.
  • Covers recorded music retail and digital sales as well as royalty collections and live music.

Key questions answered

  • Where does Japan sit in relation to the world's biggest music markets?
  • Why is Japan unique among the world's leading music markets?

Table of contents


  • In brief

Recorded music

  • Physical and digital trade gains in 2015
  • Mixed first six months of 2016
  • Repertoire
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • Evolution of music distribution gathering pace
  • Digital infrastructure and access details

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Little change in authors’ royalty collections
  • JASRAC’s dominance under threat
  • Performance rights


  • Radio becoming a preserve of the older listener
  • Sluggish growth in TV market


  • Methodology
  • Author

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