The Japanese independent music company Hostess Entertainment has reached agreement with leading indie Beggars Group on a licensing deal.

The strategic licensing deals means Hostess will exclusively release Beggars' repertoire from its labels including XL Recordings, Rough Trade, 4AD and Matador in Japan from Sept. 1, 2009.

In concert with this partnership, Beggars will establish a new affiliate company in Tokyo, Beggars Group Japan KK (BGJ), which will oversee marketing and promotion for the Beggars labels and repertoire at Hostess. The new BGJ company will headed by David Wasserman, who most recently served as Japanese label manager for Beggars, which had a previous Japanese partnership with Warner Music.

"I am delighted that our independent future has arrived in Japan," said Martin Mills, chairman of Beggars UK Ltd., in a statement. "We will always be grateful to our partners over the years for their support, but now Beggars Japan will become part of the Beggars worldwide fully independent structure. We look forward with excitement to working with our great Japanese staff, our new partner in Hostess."

The partnership is expected to launch with new albums by Basement Jaxx and Yo La Tengo as well as the debut release from the Big Pink. Albums from new Rough Trade signings Rox and Mystery Jets are also scheduled for release.

The Beggars partnership means that Hostess now represents the majority of the well-known independent music companies from the West, including the PIAS Entertainment Group, V2/Cooperative Music, Domino Records and now the Beggars Group.