Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ)
Haji Taniguchi was born in Tokyo in 1960. After graduating from Belmont University, Nashville TN, with a BA in Commercial Music, he entered the music business with Sony Music Publishing Japan in 1986. Since joining Avex Group in 1994, he has been responsible for international and intellectual property strategies, among other things. He is currently President of Avex Music Publishing Inc., Chairman of the Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ) and Vice-Chairman of Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC).[link]
Avex Group was established in 1988 as a small independant record label, which soon started to grow into a total entertainment enterprise,with music entertainment, visual entertainment, artists management, live promotion, etc all within the group.Avex Music Publishing Inc. was established in April 2010 to enforce the group's intellectual properties strategy.
Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ) is the sole body for music publishers in Japan with some 300 member publishers. It was founded in 1973, and currently working to enhance rights of music copyright owners in various ways. MPAJ is a member of International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) of which Haji Taniguchi is an elected board member.