Japanese authors society JASRAC has reached an interim royalties-payment agreement with iTunes Japan.

"It's a first step" until a permanent system is established, says JASRAC transmission rights department manager Satoshi Watanabe.

JASRAC hasn't collected any royalties from iTunes Japan since the service's Aug. 4, 2005, launch due to a lack of compatibility between the society's database and that of iTunes, which is in the United States.

An informed source tells Billboard.biz that the interim payment comprises some $2 million.