EMI Music Japan president Shoji Doyama will join Microsoft Japan as vice president in charge of consumer and online business effective July 1, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of the U.S. computer company has reported.

Neither Doyama nor EMI Music Japan were available for comment at press time.

One Tokyo-based industry source speculates that by hiring Doyama, Microsoft may be looking to boost its digital-music presence in Japan, possibly in preparation for a local launch of the Zune digital music player.