March 25, 2011

Intellectual property in Japan - music - Joji Takahashi

"(Joji Takahashi) The singer makes ¥12 million a year from the song "Road," which he wrote and performed back in 1993 with his band Tora Bu Ryu (a compound of three kanji whose pronunciation is meant to mimic the English word "trouble"). This song, which is divided into "chapters," sold 2.2 million copies in the year after it was released, netting him ¥1.6 billion"

Source: Some recent adventures in intellectual property
The Japan Times
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010

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