The above link is a really interesting article from The New York Times about how so far the Japanese, despite being a very technologically advanced country, have resisted the move from CD’s to digital music. There are business reasons and there are cultural ones, such as the Japanese love collectible items.
I was in Japan during Thanksgiving last year and it is a completely fascinating place. I have traveled a great deal and I have to say that along with Italy it is probably my favorite country that I have visited. If you are interested in Japan or the music business, this article is worth the read.