in fact i was wondering, do japanese artists recognise that they have fans in western countries? i know that the proportion of sales must be insignificant, but u often see western artists regularly touring Japan, do japanese play any shows outside japan?
True true. Japanese imports are costly.
The cheap ones you see selling on some online stores are usually bootlegs, but people will purchase them anyway because not everyone is willing to dish out $30-$40+ on one CD. But then purchasing bootlegs help promote piracy of copyrighted goods.
The best place to purchase imports are CD Japan and YesAsia. YesAsia sells most of their CDs at a fair price than, say, Amazon. They have both "Japan Version" and "Overseas Version" which are actually much cheaper and come from Hong Kong. The difference (aside from cost and where they are manufactured) is that the overseas version are packaged differently - some slight changes, such as, the translation of the booklet into local language, different packaging and printing, or the inclusion of additional bonus tracks. These are not to be confused with bootlegs as these are officially released by the record labels for distribution in South East Asia.
From what I know some Japanese artists have toured here in America and in Europe. As for big name artists, I'm not so sure.
@ to heart yes they do know they have, dont remember what j-rock group came over to USA for concert..
also in japan its hard to keep in first place since lots good artist release often.. so i dont think they need much from us but support!