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The Japanese music trade association, the RIAJ, has reported midyear production figures for both physical music formats and trade earnings from the sale of digital music in the country.


  • Combined revenue from physical audio and music video production was down year on year, while total record company earnings from digital sales and services have increased.
  • Taking the two together, the total value of recorded-music revenue in Japan in the first six months of this year decreased at a slightly higher rate than in the prior-year period.

Features and Benefits

  • Details midyear trade figures published by the RIAJ.
  • Assesses the likelihood for growth in 2017 and beyond.

Key questions answered

  • What share of digital sales were generated by audio subscription services in 1H17?
  • How dominant are physical formats in the Japanese recorded-music sector?

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  • Summary
  • Mixed performance for Japan's recorded-music sector
  • Slowdown in growth rate of digital earnings
  • Short-term decline, longer-term stagnation


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