Company Information

Artist & Music Business Group Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc.

Principal Business

Sony Music Direct (SMDR) utilizes music and video assets from the vast catalog available to Sony Music Group to create various business opportunities and also manages record label businesses including enka/traditional Japanese music and Rakugo (spoken-word performance) .
In addition to planning and producingcompilations, reissues, special projects, and complete collections from legendary artists, our specialty is projects designed to meet consumer demand such as the "Order-made Factory" project for releasing fan requests as well as products which are otherwise hard to come by including reissues of albums which are no longer available and other commercially-unreleased rare material, the hosting of music-related movies and concert film screenings with live quality acoustics at theaters and Zepp venues, and specialty record labels in traditional Japanese music such as enka, music of traditional Japanese instruments,rakugo (spoken- word performance), as well as a label dedicated to analog records.

Company Data

Company name

Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc.


Toru Hanaoka (Representative Director)


February 1996


480 million JPY


Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. 100%

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