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Epic Records Japan
Parent companySony Music Entertainment Japan
Founded1978; 46 years ago (1978)
2001; 23 years ago (2001) (re-establishment)
FounderShigeo Maruyama
GenreVarious, mainly J-pop and J-rock, formerly video games
Country of originJapan
Official websiteepic-jp.net

Epic Records Japan is a Japanese record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Its founder was Shigeo Maruyama.

Between 1978 and 1988 the label operated as a wholly owned subsidiary: Epic/Sony Inc. (株式会社EPIC・ソニー) was established in August 1978[1] and was folded back into CBS/Sony Group in March 1988.[2]

Notable music artists for this company have included Hikaru Utada, Tetsuya Komuro, and Kimiko Itoh.

In 2001, it was re-established as Epic Records Japan Inc. (株式会社エピックレコードジャパン, Kabushiki Gaisha Epikku Rekoodo Japan).

Games published


During the late 1980s and early 1990s they also published video games for Nintendo consoles.

Record labels



  • Epic Records Japan


  • Antinos
  • Dohb Discs
  • So What? Records
  • Kowalski
  • mf Records (joint venture with Motoharu Sano)
  • Mint Age

Current artists


Former artists



  1. ^ History. Archived December 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Accessed October 3, 2010
  2. ^ CBS/Sony to Take Over 4 Subsidiaries. Jiji Press Ticker Service, February 12, 1988
  3. ^ Aicom at gdri
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  7. ^ "Utopia: The Creation of a Nation for Super Nintendo – GameFAQs". gamefaqs.com.
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