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Universal Music Japan appoints new COO

Kazu Koike has been appointed as Universal Music Japan's president and chief operating officer, with effect from January 1, 2007. 

In his new position, Koike will be responsible for three key domestic labels - Nayutawave, Universal Sigma and Far Eastern Tribe - and will oversee the International, Classics & Jazz and Universal Strategic Marketing divisions.

Koike is currently managing director of the company's Universal Sigma label. The promotion was announced today by Universal Music Japan's chairman and chief executive officer Keiichi Ishizaka, to whom Koike will report.

Ishizaka says, "Kazu Koike is the best of a new generation of music industry talent, with broad experience in both international and domestic repertoire. His thinking is bold and fresh, and I am confident that he will steer Universal Music Japan to even greater success in the future."

The appointment completes the strategic reorganisation of Universal Music Japan, initiated by Ishizaka earlier this year to strengthen and broaden its business.

The company was the Japanese industry leader for the first nine months of 2006 with a 14.6% market share, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of Japan, and held a 17.3% share for the month of September.

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