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December 28, 2015 04:27 PM

Looks Back to 2015: Japanese Music Products Industry Topics

・ Japan Musical Instruments Association decided to support promotion of light music at school and community. (February)

・ Kawai and Gakken Publishing joined forces to start music education for senior citizens and children in Japan and overseas markets by sharing educational resources of both companies. (February)

・ Yamano Music/Kanda Shokai ceased distribution of Fender products in Japan. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation launched Fender Music Corporation Japan. (March)

・ Yamaha’s Osaka headquarters building completed. (April)

・Casio announced that Kazuhiro Kashio, executive managing director, would succeed the presidential position from his father, Kazuo Kashio. (June)

・ Roland opened a manufacturing base in Malaysia where the company builds digital pianos and guitar amplifiers. Production will expand soon to include digital drums and synthesizer. (July)

・ Shimamura Music opened first overseas retail outlet in Beijing. (September)

・ Japan Pavilion Project at Music China supported by JETRO from 2012 to 2014 would be succeeded after 2016 by the organizer. It was staged by the organizer again in 2015. (October)

・ Kawai and Onkyo announced capital alliance in manufacturing digital musical instruments and developing new products. (November)

・ ESP opened a flagship store in Beijing. (December)

・ Yamano Music opened Sendai Store, the largest retail outlet in North Eastern Japan area. (December)

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