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Recording Industry Association of Japan
Nippon Rekōdo Kyōkai
Formation 1942
Type Technical standards, licensing and royalties
Headquarters Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo
Location Japan
Membership 19 main members, 15 associated members and 24 supporting members (all as of August 2009)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Naoki Kitagawa (SMEJ)
Key people Vice-Chairmen: Masaaki Saito (Victor), Kazuhiko Koike (UMG Japan/EMI Japan), Yasuharu Hara (Nippon Columbia)
Directors: Hitoshi Namekata (UMG Japan/EMI Japan), Hirohumi Shigemura (King), Seiichi Ishibashi (Teichiku), Tomonori Sato (Nippon Crown), Toshiharu Kirihata (Pony Canyon), Kazuaki Ito (VAP), Jim Takagi (Geneon), Yutaka Goto (For Life), Masahiro Shinoki (Tokuma Japan), Keiichi Ishizaka (WMG Japan), Shinji Hayashi (Avex), Yoichiro Hata
Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer: Kotaro Taguchi
Managing Director: Kenji Takasugi
Secretary-General: Kenji Takasugi
Auditors: Hiroyuki Igarashi (DreaMusic), Koichi Yoshida (Yamaha Music), Atty. Hideto Ishida (reference:[1])
Website Recording Industry Association of Japan - in English

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) (日本レコード協会 Nippon Rekōdo Kyōkai?) is an industry trade group composed of Japanese corporations involved the music industry. It was founded in 1942 as the Japan Phonogram Record Cultural Association, and adopted its current name in 1969.

The RIAJ's activities include promotion of music sales, enforcement of copyright law, and research related to the Japanese music industry. It publishes the annual RIAJ Year Book, a statistical summary of each year's music sales, as well as distributing a variety of other data.

Headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, the RIAJ has twenty member companies and a smaller number of associate and supporting members; some member companies are the Japanese branches of multinational corporations headquartered elsewhere.

The association is responsible for certifying gold and platinum albums and singles in Japan.

RIAJ Certification

In 1989, the Recording Industry Association of Japan introduced the music recording certification systems. It is awarded based on shipment figures of compact disc or cassette tape which was reported by record labels. In principle, the criteria are limitedly applied to the materials released after January 21, 1989.

Certification awards

Currently, all music sales including singles, albums, digital download singles are on the same criteria. Unlike many countries, the highest certification is not called "Diamond" or "Platinum", but "Million".

Thresholds per award
Gold Platinum 2× Platinum 3× Platinum Million Multi-Million
100,000 250,000 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 2,000,000+

Old criteria (until June 2003)

Before the unification of criteria and introduction of music videos category in July 2003, a separate scale had been used for certification awards.[2]

Format Type Thresholds per award[2]
Gold Platinum Million
Albums Domestic 200,000 400,000 1,000,000
International 100,000 200,000
Singles Domestic 200,000 400,000
International 50,000 100,000


Main members

Associate members

Supporting members

¹Member, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

See also

External links

  • Recording Industry Association of Japan - in English


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