Re: (idm) warp in japan

From objet
Sent Sun, Jul 11th 1999, 06:48

some speculation on japanese release policies:

> Something to do with encouraging its people to purchase "home-grown" talent.

> Might that not be something to do with Japanese policies concerning
> imports/content originally debuted there in order for it not to be
> considered an import?
>                                                         jeff

The real situation I think has something to do with consumer cost.
Apparently due to exchange rates and a few other phenomena,
Japanese-manufactured CDs are a lot more expensive in Japan than the
import versions (i.e. those from the States & Europe) -- whence the
bonus tracks and early releases - an incentive to buy native. (Let's not
forget that ballooning trade deficit ;)