F.A.Qs

Q1 : What is the size of the Japanese music market?

Please refer to RIAJ Year Book.
RIAJ Year Book (/f/e/issue/industry/)
It publishes the annual RIAJ Year Book, a statistical summary of each year's music sales, as well as distributing a variety of other data.

Q2 : What kind of distribution system exists for records in Japan?

There are two major channels for supplying products in the general market. The first involves record companies with their own sales divisions directly contracting with record stores. The second involves sales and distribution via wholesalers. The record companies store their records at one of two warehousing firms and deliver the records from there.

Q3 : What were some of the characteristics of the Japanese music market?

Please refer to RIAJ Year Book.
RIAJ Year Book (/f/e/issue/industry/)
It publishes the annual RIAJ Year Book, a statistical summary of each year's music sales, as well as distributing a variety of other data.

Q4 : What are the major purchasing groups for musical records?

Overall, men and women in their teens and twenties purchase the greatest number of records and Japanese pop and rock music is particularly popular among them. However, recently the purchasing rate among people aged 30-59 has been rising.

Q5 : How much do records cost in Japan?

A full priced new CD album costs between JPyen2,500 (US$23) and 3,000 (US$28). The unique Japanese resale price maintenance system (price designation by record companies) remains and there has been no dramatic drop in prices.

Q6 : What musical genres are there and how many newly released titles are there?

Among Japanese music, there is enka (Japanese country), pops, traditional Japanese folk music, educational and children's music based on fairy tales, animation music, easy listening music (instrumental), karaoke and such. As for overseas, rock, disco, jazz, pops, soundtracks, classical and other records are sold at stores. The number of newly released titles were below.
New Audio Releases - Unit Basis (/f/e/data/others/sp.html)

Q7 : What about digital music?

Please refer to RIAJ Year Book.
RIAJ Year Book (/f/e/issue/industry/)
It publishes the annual RIAJ Year Book, a statistical summary of each year's music sales, as well as distributing a variety of other data.

Q8 : What types of record awards and certification systems are there?

Japan has the Gold Disc Awards. The ceremony for these awards is held once a year by RIAJ as the organizer and the ceremony is broad casted on satellite and terrestrial TV broadcasting programs. As for certification systems, the industry has the Gold Disc, Platinum Disc and other certifications. These are announced once a month through industry magazines, websites and such.

Q9 : What is the condition and impact of record rentals in Japan?

Trend of recent years, is a complex of shops. There are almost no shops that illegally rent records. The shops pay a use fee in accordance with their contracts and the system is working smoothly. Trends in the number of record rental shops is below.
Record rental shops in Japan
(/f/leg/rental/#pj3) only Japanese.

Q10 : Is there a system for protecting the right of records?

In Japan, the right of records are protected by the system of the neighboring right of copyright system. This includes exclusive rights of reproduction, transfer, making transmittable and lending; and the rights to claim secondary use fee (broadcasting fee of records) and the remmuneration for rental record (right following 1 year rental right), and the right to receive compensation for private audio and video recording. These rights are equally granted to record producers of the countries that are members of international conventions covering record rights.