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Introduction

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.

Highlights

  • 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?

Table of contents

Ovum view

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

Appendix

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