|Type||Technical standards, licensing and royalties|
|Headquarters||Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo|
|19 main members, 15 associated members and 24 supporting members (all as of August 2009)|
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
|Masaaki Saito (Victor)|
|Vice-Chairmen: Hirohumi Shigemura (King), Shinji Hayashi (Avex)|
Directors: Shinichi Yoshida (Nippon Columbia), Seiichi Ishibashi (Teichiku), Naoshi Fujikara (UMG Japan), Kazunobu Kitajima (Nippon Crown), Masahiro Shinoki (Tokuma Japan), Takashi Yoshimura (Pony Canyon), Kazuyuki Kobayashi (WMG Japan), Shuji Hanafusa (VAP), Yutaka Goto (For Life), Shunsuke Muramatsu (Sony Music)
Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer: Kotaro Taguchi
Managing Director: Kenji Takasugi
Executive Director and Director-General: Yoichiro Hata
Auditors: Mitsuo Takako (DreaMusic), Nobuyuki Ogino (Yamaha Music), Atty. Hideto Ishida (reference:)
|Website||Recording Industry Association of Japan - in English|
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) ( is an Nippon Rek?do Ky?kai)industry trade group composed of Japanese corporations involved in the music industry. It was founded in 1942 as the Japan Phonogram Record Cultural Association, and adopted its current name in 1969.
The RIAJ's activities include promotion of music sales, enforcement of copyright law, and research related to the Japanese music industry. It publishes the annual RIAJ Year Book, a statistical summary of each year's music sales, as well as distributing a variety of other data.
Headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, the RIAJ has twenty member companies and a smaller number of associate and supporting members; some member companies are the Japanese branches of multinational corporations headquartered elsewhere.
The association is responsible for certifying gold and platinum albums and singles in Japan.
In 1989, the Recording Industry Association of Japan introduced the music recording certification systems. It is awarded based on shipment figures of compact disc or cassette tape which was reported by record labels. In principle, the criteria are limitedly applied to the materials released after January 21, 1989.
Currently, all music sales including singles, albums, digital download singles are on the same criteria. Unlike many countries, the highest certification is not called "Diamond" or "Platinum", but "Million".
|Thresholds per award|
|Gold||Platinum||2× Platinum||3× Platinum||Million||Multi-Million|
Before the unification of criteria and introduction of music videos category in July 2003, a separate scale had been used for certification awards.
|Format||Type||Thresholds per award|
|Gold||Platinum||2x Platinum||Million||3x Platinum||4x Platinum|
Certifications for songs and albums released digitally began on September 20, 2006, using download data collected since the early 2000s. From 2006 until 2013, there were three categories for certifications: Chaku-uta ((R), "Ringtone"), Chaku-uta Full ((R), "Full-length Ringtone") (i.e. a download to a cellphone) and PC Haishin (PC, "PC Download") for songs purchased on services such as iTunes. On February 28, 2014, the Chaku-uta Full and PC categories were merged to create the Single Track () category.
While digital album certifications are possible, only certain album have rarely received this certification since the beginning of digital certifications, including the 2011 Songs for Japan charity album. and Hikaru Utada's sixth studio album Fantôme among others.
|Format||Thresholds per award|
|Gold||Platinum||2x Platinum||3x Platinum||Million|