Economy of Japan

  1. Source: Windswept For Sale

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale, according to an informed industry source. Beverly Hills, Ca.-based music publisher Windswept Holdings is up for sale, according to an informed industry source. The source ...

  2. Japan's DoCoMo, Microsoft Partner

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Paves way for launch of mobile-based download service. NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator, and Microsoft have forged a collaboration that paves the way for the launch of DoCoMo's own mobile-based music download service. Tw ...

  3. Orange Range Juice Up SMEJ Revenue

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), on Friday (April 28) reported mixed results for the year ended March 31, 2006. Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), on Friday (April 28) repor ...

  4. KDDI To Launch Full-Track Download Site

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Japan's KDDI is set to become the country's first telecom to launch a Web site featuring full-length tracks and master ringtones that can be downloaded onto personal computers. Japan's KDDI is set to become the country's first ...

  5. Toshiba-EMI Chairman Saito To Retire

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba-EMI chairman Masaaki Saito will retire from the company on April 27, the Tokyo-based label said today (April 3). Saito was named president of Toshiba-EMI in 1997 -- the first time an executive Toshiba-EMI chairman Masaaki Saito will retire ...

  6. Report: Avex To Open In China

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading Japanese independent label Avex will soon set up a subsidiary in mainland China, according to a report. Avex president/CEO Max Matsuura is understood to be overseeing the China expansion proje Leading Japanese independent label Avex will s ...

  7. Koda Wins Top Prize At RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was named domestic artist of the year at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 20th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held this evening (March 9) in Tokyo. Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was name ...

  8. Usen To Scale Back Avex Stake

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen has revealed plans to sell off more than half its 21.3% stake in Avex Group Holdings, Japan's biggest independent record label. Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen has revealed plans to sell off more th ...

  9. BMG Japan Pres Tashiro To Retire

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMG Japan president/CEO Hidehiko Tashiro will leave the company effective March 31 in order to retire, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based label said Friday (Feb. 17). BMG Japan president/CEO Hidehiko Tashiro will leave the company effective March 31 ...

  10. Japan's Chaku-uta Surpasses 30M Download Milestone

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music download service had racked up sales of 30 million songs as of Dec. 28. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music dow ...

  11. Toshiba-EMI Sells Japanese CD Plant

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Division spun-off as firm 'focuses on A&R.' Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today (Dec. 13) that it is selling its CD-pressing plant in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in line with EMI's global policy of divesting itself of ...

  12. Toshiba-EMI Sells Japanese CD Plant

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today (Dec. 13) that it is selling its CD-pressing plant in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in line with EMI's global policy of divesting itself of its manufacturing o Tokyo-based label Toshiba-EMI said today ...

  13. Warner Japan, KDDI Offer Mobile Music Bundles

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Japan and leading Japanese telecom operator KDDI on Thursday (Dec. 1) launched what they jointly-describe as the world's first "mobile music bundle," comprising a package of audio, video, Warner Music Japan and leading ...

  14. NTT DoCoMo Buys Into Tower Records Japan

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phone operator invests $108M for 42% stake. NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile-phone operator, is buying a 42% stake in Tower Records Japan for ¥12.8 billion ($108.2 million), the two companies said today (Nov. 7). The deal, to be carried out ...

  15. NTT DoCoMo Buys Into Tower Records Japan

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile-phone operator, is buying a 42% stake in Tower Records Japan for ¥12.8 billion ($108.2 million), the two companies said today (Nov. 7). The deal, to be carried NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobil ...

  16. Rakuten Requests Merger With Japan's TBS TV

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest online shopping mall, Rakuten, emerged as the largest shareholder in a major TV broadcaster Oct. 13 as burgeoning Internet ventures increasingly target media companies for takeovers. TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's biggest online s ...

  17. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had sold 20 million songs. The number of tracks downloaded has doubled since J KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile o ...

  18. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's wireless operator offers full downloads. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had racked up sales of 20 million songs. The number of tracks downl ...

  19. Sony Cuts Global Workforce

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT ,000 jobs lost. Sony Corp. unveiled a series of restructuring moves today (Sept. 22) including a 7% reduction, or 10,000 jobs, of its global workforce aimed at reversing the Japanese electronic giant's poor results in recent years. Sir Howa ...

  20. Sony Cuts Global Workforce

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT ,000 jobs lost. Sony Corp. unveiled a series of restructuring moves today (Sept. 22) including a 7% reduction, or 10,000 jobs, of its global workforce aimed at reversing the Japanese electronic giant's poor results in recent years. Sir Howa ...

  21. Japan's Avex, Usen Strengthen S.M. Shareholding

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen Broad Networks is buying a 4.44% stake in South Korean label/management company S.M. Entertainment. At the same time. leading Japanese independent label Avex -- w Tokyo-based cable-radio operator Usen Broad Ne ...

  22. Yoda Re-Emerges At Japanese Indie Dreamusic

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. TOKYO -- Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. Yoda, who owns 72% of the Tokyo- ...

  23. Yoda Re-Emerges At Japanese Indie Dreamusic

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been named chairman/CEO of independent record company Dreamusic. Yoda, who owns 72% of the Tokyo-based company, had been named special advisor in January, and th Former Avex chairman/CEO Tom Yoda has been name ...

  24. Japanese Stations Team-Up For Digital Push

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seven Japanese radio stations have pledged to set up a joint-venture through which they will deliver terrestrial digital radio broadcasts in 2006. Seven Japanese radio stations have pledged to set up a joint-venture through which they will deliver ...

  25. Avex Signs Up To iTunes

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's biggest independent label, has licensed its repertoire to Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store. Avex is the first Japanese record company to reach such an agreement with iTunes, the Japan Avex, Japan's biggest independe ...

  26. Avex Signs Up To iTunes

    July 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's biggest independent label, has licensed its repertoire to Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store. Avex is the first Japanese record company to reach such an agreement with iTunes, the Japan Avex, Japan's biggest independe ...

  27. Shareholders Approve Stringer As New Sony CEO

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. shareholders on June 22 approved the appointment of Howard Stringer as the new chief executive, making him the first foreigner to head the Japanese electronics and entertainment company. TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. shareholders on June 22 ...

  28. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japanese service launched November 2004. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. Chaku-uta Full, which launched Nov. ...

  29. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Fu ...

  30. Sony To Pay $7 Million To Ousted Bosses

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Struggling electronics maker Sony Corp. will give chief executive Nobuyuki Idei and three other outgoing executives a retirement package worth a total of about $7 million. TOKYO (Reuters) -- Struggling electronics maker Sony Corp. will give chief ...

  31. Sony Cutting Management

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corp. on June 2 unveiled a pared-down management structure as Howard Stringer, who is set to take over as group chairman/CEO on June 22, starts to streamline o NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Entertain ...

  32. EMI's Cheng Adds Japan Duties

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Doyama named CEO of Toshiba-EMI. Doyama named CEO of Toshiba-EMI. News ...

  33. SMEJ Reports Revenue Gains

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported increased sales for the year ending March 31, 2004. Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported i ...

  34. SMEJ Reports Revenue Gains

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported increased sales for the year ending March 31, 2004. Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), today (April 28) reported i ...

  35. Japan's Livedoor Battle Ends With Alliance

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A rare takeover battle that gripped Japan ended in a $622 million deal April 18 when Internet service company Livedoor Inc. agreed to sell one of its divisions to media conglomerate Fuji Television Ne TOKYO (AP) -- A rare takeover battle that grip ...

  36. Toshiba-EMI To Comply With Order On Ringtones

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba-EMI announced April 18 that it will comply with an order from the Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission to stop its alleged monopolization of master-ringtone distribution with four other TOKYO -- Toshiba-EMI announced April 18 t ...

  37. Toshiba-EMI To Comply With Order On Ringtones

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels are accused of monopolizing distribution. Toshiba-EMI announced April 18 that it will comply with an order from the Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission to stop its alleged monopolization of master-ringtone distribution with fou ...

  38. Japanese Labels Accused Of Trade Violations

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission on March 24 accused five local record companies of monopolizing the distribution of master ringtones, which it refers to as ringtunes. TOKYO -- The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commissi ...

  39. Japanese Labels Accused Of Trade Violations

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission today (March 24) accused five local record companies of monopolizing the distribution of ringtunes, otherwise known as master ringtones. The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission toda ...

  40. Japanese Labels Accused Of Trade Violations

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Regulator claims monopolization of ringtunes. The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission today (March 24) accused five local record companies of monopolizing the distribution of ringtunes, otherwise known as master ringtones. The regulat ...

  41. Sato: Livedoor Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based record company Pony Canyon, says the label would suffer "incredible damage" if Internet service provider Livedoor succeeds in its hostile takeover bid for AM radio TOKYO -- Osamu Sato, president of To ...

  42. Sato: Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Livedoor moving in on Fujisankei company. Livedoor moving in on Fujisankei company. News ...

  43. Sato: Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based record company Pony Canyon, says the label would suffer "incredible damage" if Internet service provider Livedoor succeeds in its hostile takeover bid for AM radio Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based ...

  44. Sato: Takeover Poses Threat To Pony Canyon

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based record company Pony Canyon, says the label would suffer "incredible damage" if Internet service provider Livedoor succeeds in its hostile takeover bid for AM radio Osamu Sato, president of Tokyo-based ...

  45. Court: NBS Can't Issue New Fuji TV Shares

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Livedoor, a maverick Japanese Internet service provider, won a High Court injunction on March 11 preventing radio station Nippon Broadcasting System from selectively issuing ¥15.97 billion ($153 TOKYO (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Livedoor, ...

  46. Sony Corp. Taps Stringer As Chairman/CEO

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard Stringer to succeed Nobuyuki Idei as chairman/CEO. Welsh-born Stringer, who holds dual British and American citizenship, will become the first non-Japanese executiv LONDON -- Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard ...

  47. Sony Corp. Taps Stringer As Chairman/CEO

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard Stringer to succeed Nobuyuki Idei as chairman/CEO. Welsh-born Stringer, who holds dual British and American citizenship, will become the first non-Japanese executiv Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard Stringer t ...

  48. Sony Corp. Taps Stringer As Chairman/CEO

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard Stringer to succeed Nobuyuki Idei as chairman/CEO. Welsh-born Stringer, who holds dual British and American citizenship, will become the first non-Japanese executiv Sony Corp. has appointed Sir Howard Stringer t ...

  49. Warner Japan Drops CD Copy-Protection

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Japan is the latest record company to stop using copy protection on new releases. TOKYO -- Warner Music Japan is the latest record company to stop using copy protection on new releases. A spokesman for the Tokyo-based company confirms ...

  50. Warner Japan Drops CD Copy Protection

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Move follows lead by Avex, Sony. Move follows lead by Avex, Sony. News ...

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