The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (August 2) today confirmed Osamu Sato as its new chairman. Sato, 62, is president of leading Japanese label Pony Canyon.

The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (August 2) today confirmed Osamu Sato as its new chairman.

Sato, 62, is president of leading Japanese label Pony Canyon. He replaces Tom Yoda, who stepped down as RIAJ chairman on Aug. 3. RIAJ senior managing director/COO Osamu Tanabe had served as the association's acting chairman until Sato's appointment. Sato's term will run until May 31, 2006.

RIAJ recently appointed Avex president Toshio Kobayashi to its board of directors.