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TOKYO -- San Diego-based and Tokyo-based Being Group/BMF have launched Japan ( with the aim to make Japanese content and localized services available to Japanese music fans online. CEO Michael Robertson and BMF CEO Masao "Mario" Nakajima say the site is designed to combine's expertise in digital music infrastructure with the Being Group/BMF's extensive domestic market know-how.'s Web site hosts one of the largest collections of digital music available on the Internet, with more than 926,000 songs and audio files posted from 144,000 digital artists and record labels.

" will connect Japanese artists with nearly 30 million visitors quarterly. We look forward to delivering technology through this alliance that benefits the Japanese music industry, while providing fans and artists [with a] gateway to a new digital experience," Robertson said.

The Being Group/BMF is one of Japan's leading music enterprises, with record labels, publishers and artist management firms, an advanced music production studio, a music distribution subsidiary, print publications and a satellite TV channel. The group is also an international concert promoter for artists on its roster.

"With its innovative programs and artist-centered services, provides advanced tools to take advantage of Internet music distribution [and] the Japan site [will] turn the benefits of digital music into a reality for Japanese artists and content holders," says Nakajima.

BMF also announced that Japan's all-time best-selling group, B'z, is releasing its No.1 hit single "Juice" on and on the B'z artist page at says Asia Global Crossing will provide broadband digital content connectivity between Japan and its operations in the U.S. -- Campbell Gray

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