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J-Pop Idol Mayu Tomita Stabbed by Fan in Tokyo

Mayu Tomita from the group Secret Girls collapsed on the ground after being stabbed in the neck and was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Lady Gaga to Join New Year’s Eve Show in Japan

The singer will appear on NHK's four-hour, year-end special "Kohaku Uta Gassen."

Japan’s Major Labels Push Back Music Releases

J-Pop musicians Seiko Matsuda (Universal) and Yuki (Sony) are among the artists whose albums are being delayed. Record companies cite difficulty of TV promotion, event cancellations, travel…

Lachie Rutherford Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO

Industry veteran Lachie Rutherford has been named CEO Warner Music Japan, following the recent death of Takashi Yoshida.

RIAJ: Japanese physical market slides by 16%

Trend continues as domestic and international maintain

Susan Boyle debut a hit in Japan

Susan Boyle's international hit album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) is also making an impact in Japan.

JASRAC wins video-sharing case

The Japanese authors' and composers' society JASRAC has won a lawsuit against a Tokyo-based video-sharing site.

Strong global demand for Beatles reissues

The Beatles are set to dominate the charts at home in Britain and globally, based on strong first-day sales of the remastered CDs -- although supplies of the box sets may be an issue in some…

Japan cracking down on mobile piracy

The Japanese government will work with music industry bodies like the Recording Industry Association of Japan to attempt to create a new system to prevent mobile phone users from illegally…

Physical record sales down in Japan

Figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan for the January-June period showed the continued slide in physical shipments of music in Japan.

Kazu Koike named Uni Music CEO

Kazu Koike has been named the new president and CEO of Universal Music (Japan), effective Nov. 1.

Masao Morita to head Sony Japan

Masao Morita, the son of the late Sony co-founder Akio Morita, has been named chairman of Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ).