In the News 2004-03


Toshiba EMI's comment (summary)

While "Watashi to Warutsu wo" has been selling well since the year-end and "Ii Hi..." is attracting attention as West Japan Railway's Discover the West campaign resumed, we will focus our energies upon selling Chihiro Onitsuka products (CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes).

As part of these efforts, we developed a plan to produce the Singles Box. Please note that this Box was planned by Toshiba EMI, the distributor of Chihiro Onitsuka products, not according to her wishes.



Singles Box

Although the Official Site isn't updated, the Singles Box is on the market. Ten singles are packaged in a translucent plastic case. The Official Site's pop-up window reads: The Singles Box was planned and is being sold by Toshiba EMI, irrelevant to Chihiro's intention.


Respect Our Music campaign

The Asahi Shimbun, a national newspaper, today carries a full-page ad for Respect Our Music campaign promoted by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC; and the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ;, among others.

It claims that improper duplication or uploading of musical works constitutes a crime. This ad can be viewed at In the leftmost column, you can see "Chihiro Onitsuka" (in Japanese characters) immediately above "orange pekoe".

Additional comment

I suppose most of you are already familiar with how her Japanese name looks like. If you are not, you can take a look at a makeshift graphic. No Japanese font is required to view it.


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