Why do Japanese editions of CDs have extra tracks?

The law was changed so that music retailers could import CDs themselves, so the local record companies added the extra tracks so that they could still try to sell the horribly overpriced editions of CDs (which even now cost at least 30% more than imported versions). That this makes them something that music obsessives in other countries like the teenaged me will pay double or triple the price for is just an added bonus for them…

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