Collecting Societies

RIAJ was founded in 1942 as an organization representing the Japanese music recording industry.
RIAJ administers neighbouring rights of producers of phonograms and performers whose performance is recorded in phonograms.
As a designated society of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, RIAJ has dealt with the collection and distribution of secondary use fees of commercial recordings from broadcasters, and remuneration from compact discs rental shops for record manufactures.

The amount of fees/royalties to be paid to collecting societies are exclusive of VAT (in Japan, it is called "consumption tax").  The person who wants to receive license from the collecting societies has to pay the amount plus 5 % consumption tax.


+81 3 64060510
11F Kita-Aoyama Yoshikawa Bldg.,
2-12-16 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 107-0061

Information for RIAJ was contributed by the CMO through Baker & McKenzie

  • Record companies
  • Performers
Rights administered by the Collecting Society? Right held by virtue of a law or statute? Possible by law to have these rights cleared directly by the right holder without involving the Collecting Society?
Reproduction / copying rights Yes Yes Yes
Public performance rights No No No
Distribution rights / rights to issue copies to the public Yes Yes Yes
Rights to communicate to the public / make available over the internet Yes Yes Yes
Other rights