Japanese music instruments are renowned for their beauty, craftsmanship and technical excellence.
But as Japan gears up for a comeback after the devastating tsunami and its aftermath, the country has begun to turn its attention to what’s next.
In 2017, the government announced plans to make the country’s instruments and musical instruments a priority in the next election, which is expected to be held in 2022.
While the Japanese government has made music and instrument production a priority, the nation’s traditional music industry has been a relatively new development, and its success could depend on a few things.
The country’s traditional musicians have been able to sustain themselves through the economic downturn and through a strong economic recovery, but it’s not clear if they’ll be able to keep up with the demand for new instruments.
In addition, musicians’ incomes are also decreasing, according to a survey by the Korea Music Publishers Association.
While some of Japan’s traditional instruments, like the katakana for “chopsticks,” were introduced in the 1950s, the music industry in Japan has largely remained the same.
Japan’s modern musicians also have to compete against an international music market dominated by the U.S. and China, which have a far greater share of the music market than Japan.
“It’s really difficult to say if we can really take over the market,” said Shigeaki Kato, a music producer who lives in Tokyo.
“I think we’ll have to take some lessons from China and the U.”
Katsuko Nishida, a songwriter and music producer, believes the country needs to look to other sources of income.
In Japan, most of the country is still in the throes of a financial crisis, and many traditional musicians are still working for a living.
For Nishida and other traditional musicians, the best way to support themselves is to produce music.
The biggest challenge facing traditional music producers is finding new sources of revenue.
Traditional music is mostly made up of traditional instruments and singers, but traditional musicians in Japan have not been able in recent years to record their own music, according the Korea Song Publishers Association survey.
Even so, many traditional music production companies have been looking into other ways to generate revenue, including using the Internet.
Some are even looking into music video.
“I’m thinking about creating a music video company.
We’re thinking about producing music videos,” said Nishida.
“We’re looking into everything.
There’s no way I can’t do it.”
To be sure, Nishida is aware of the risks.
“If I do this, I might become a victim,” she said.
“The music industry’s going through a lot.
People will die.”
Kato said she thinks Japan needs to take more risks in order to create more jobs in the future.
“Japan needs to do something drastic,” she added.
“But if you do something like that, the whole country will benefit.”
Alyssa Boulton is a freelance reporter in New York City.