Why has Japan’s CD market suddenly gone into decline?

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With tales of the music industry's demise being relayed for a while now, it should come as little surprise that a 3.9 per cent slump in 2013 global music sales was announced last week. What is perhaps more interesting was the reason behind the decline in sales: industry commenters have pointed the finger at Japan. The country, which has the second largest music market in the world after the US, suffered a 16.7 per cent decrease in revenue. But why the sudden slide? Robert Poole, of Something Drastic, a Tokyo-based music promotion and events company, says that Japan is seen as unique in the developed world for its reliance on ...

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