Leisure

The entertainment industry in Japan has traditionally been characterised by youth-based content. With the ageing Japanese demography, the sector is now in a phase of transition as it seeks to adapt to appeal to its older audience. The industry is also exploring and developing its activities overseas. Given that the evolution of technology has transformed the means of distribution, products are being made to be more accessible to global clients. With access to new client bases, a broader horizon is opening up for the Japanese entertainment industry. Find out more about Japan’s leisure industry below.

 

Music

Although the music business in the rest of the world has shifted towards downloads and streaming, in Japan the compact disc is still king. Japan’s domestically recorded music makes up a majority of this market, but Japanese consumers are also known for enjoying Western music, since Japanese artists often fuse traditional and western music to create hybrid styles such as J-Pop and some modern variations of Enka. This page shall provide you with an overview of some recent developments within the Japanese music sector.

 

Toys

Over the past few decades, Japanese popular culture and the toys associated with it, have become increasingly popular in Europe (Pokémon probably being the most obvious example). At the same time, toy stores in Japan offer Barbie dolls and Lego alongside traditional dolls and Japanese action figures.

The following article gives an overview of current trends in the Japanese toy market.