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Although record company income from physical formats in Japan continues to be unpredictable, the digital sector has become more stable. Moreover, after a lengthy reliance on downloads, the subscription sector is now generating more revenue than any other digital income stream.


  • For the first five months of this year, the production value of audio and music video formats in Japan was down 8.7%, to JPY88.3bn, from JPY96.7bn in the prior-year period.
  • Figures for the first three months of 2019 show that digital trade sales increased 4.7%, to JPY16.8bn, from JPY16.1bn in the prior year period.

Features and Benefits

  • Details all the main music industry sectors in Japan.
  • Covers the latest recorded-music revenue figures, retail sector analysis, market shares, JASRAC collections, and live music receipts.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales in Japan were generated by music subscriptions in 2018?
  • What is the biggest revenue generator for Japanese authors and publishers?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Physical formats continue to dominate trade sales

Music retail

  • Digital progress despite the physical format dominance
  • Assessing Japan's digital music opportunity

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Positive year for royalty collections


  • Methodology
  • Author