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New figures published by Japanese recorded-music trade association the RIAJ show that the total production value of physical formats increased last year compared with 2017.


  • Based on digital revenue in the first nine months of the year, the world’s second-biggest recorded-music market looks set to register an overall full-year increase.

Features and Benefits

  • Details full-year 2018 Japanese recorded-music production figures published by the RIAJ.
  • Examines the results by format and estimates the full recorded-music trade figure, including digital.

Key questions answered

  • What caused the production value of physical music formats to rise last year?
  • Why is this unlikely to happen again in 2019?

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  • Summary
  • Rise in physical recorded-music production in Japan
  • Growth expected for the full year
  • Fall in domestic and international releases


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