“We have been the No.1 music publisher in Japan for the last 30 years, but we’re still trying hard to be the ‘most active’ publisher instead of merely being the ‘largest’”
One of the most prominent and respected figures in the Japanese Music industry, Ichiro "Ichi" Asatsuma was born in 1943 and joined Pacific Music Publishing (the pre-decessor of Fujipacific) in 1966 as one of its first employees.
His immense love and knowledge of music allowed him to excel at the job and Ichi was recognized as one of the pioneers in the music publishing world. In 1985 he became the President of the newly merged Fujipacific Music, a position he held until becoming Chairman in 2005. Ichi has also been a board member of JASRAC from 1986 to 2010 and was the chairman of Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPA) from 2004 to 2010. He currently serves as MPA's special adviser.