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Vinyl boom rolls into Japan at 33rpm

Analogue music takes the stage in a country known for digital likings

HMV Record Shop Shinjuku Alta in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward

TOKYO -- A vinyl record trend that started in Europe and the U.S. is now plugging into Japanese turntables. Japan's audiophiles are rediscovering the vintage charms of vinyl and fulfilling the craving to physically own music even as the presence of online music streaming services rises. 

Good sound quality and cover designs printed on album sleeves that are larger than CDs are key features among not only the middle-aged but also young people. 

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