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Oricon

Company nameOricon Inc.
株式会社オリコン
Company typeHolding company, owner of Oricon Entertainment Inc.
IndustryBroadcast of music entertainment
FoundedNovember 1967 (as Original Confidence)
October 1, 1999 (as Oricon Direct Digital)
June 2001 (as Oricon Global Entertainment)
July 2002
HeadquartersRoppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Key peopleKo Koike: CEO
Employees222 (except part time workers, As of March 31, 2007)
ParentOricon Entertainment Inc. (October 1999 June 2001)
SubsidiaryOricon Entertainment Inc. (June 2001 present)

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|}, established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. It started as

|}, which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc. was originally set up as a subsidiary of Original Confidence and took over the latter’s Oricon record charts in April 2002.

They are compiled using data drawn from some 39,700 retail outlets (as of April 2011) and provide sales rankings of music CDs, DVDs, electronic games, and other entertainment products based on weekly tabulations. Results are announced every Tuesday and published in Oricon Style by subsidiary Oricon Entertainment Inc. The group also lists panel survey-based popularity ratings for television commercials on its official website.


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