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Recording Industry Association of Japan
Formation 1942
Type Technical standards, licensing and royalties
Headquarters Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Location Japan
Membership 19 main members, 15 associated members and 24 supporting members (all as of August 2009)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Keiichi Ishizaka(UMG Japan)
Key people Vice-Chairmen:Hiroshi Inagaki(Avex), Takehisa Koike(King), Naoki Kitagawa(SMEJ)
Directors:Yasuharu Hara(Columbia), Yuiichi Katoh(Victor), Senshu Nishiyama(Teichiku), Sane Iichi(EMI), Shigenori Nishino(Nippon Crown), Toshiharu Kirihata(Pony Canyon), Takashi Yoshida(WMG Japan), Shinji Tokuichi(VAP), Taichi Fukuda(Geneon), Yutaka Goto(For Life), Kenji Takasugi
Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer:Hidetoshi Haeno
Managing Director:Masahiro Mizumura
Secretary-General:Kenji Takasugi
Auditors:Shosuke Hasegawa(Yamaha Music), Mitsuo Takako(DreaMusic), Atty. Hideto Ishida
Website Recording Industry Association of Japan - in English

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) 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.



All music sales, including singles, albums, digital download singles are on the same criteria:

  • Gold: 100,000
  • Platinum: 250,000
  • Million: 1 million

Unlike many countries, the highest certification is not called "Diamond" or "Platinum", but "Million".

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