Why do artists always release Japan only bonus tracks?

I’ve always wondered this. I always just thought it was because the Japanese just love the Western pop acts, so they want to give them something back, then again I thought there must be more to it. After much research I have reached an answer.

In Japan CDs (album) are about 2,500 to 3,000 yen. Imported CDs(from UK/US etc.) are about 1,500 to 2,000 yen. So Japanese companies need bonus tracks or other bonus material to sell their CDs. Withour bonus tracks, there’s no need for Japanese to buy expensive Japanese CDs.


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