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Anime Industry Revenues Top ¥200 Billion

Japan’s soft-power powerhouse anime had a successful 2017, as the industry reaped total revenues of more than ¥200 billion.

Japanese Television’s Contribution to TourismUchiyama Takashi

Japanese television shows are increasingly being aired overseas, including traditional over-the-air broadcasts and online distribution services. This growth in Japanese-made programing has helped build interest in Japan in foreign countries and is playing a role in Japan’s ongoing tourism boom.

Popular Anime Boost Japan’s Film Industry

Foreign films once enjoyed strong popularity in Japan, but over the past 10 years their revenue has been outpaced by that of Japanese films.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” Author Kadono Eiko Wins Hans Christian Andersen Award

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—Kadono Eiko, a Japanese author of children's literature, has won the author's award of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, it has been learned. An official of the Switzerland-based International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) on Monday informed Kadono, 83, of her winning the award. Kadono Eiko pictured in April 2014, when it was decided that she wou…

Pokémon Shop, Cafe to Open in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)—Takashimaya Co. said Thursday that an official Pocket Monster, or Pokémon, store and café will open on March 14, 2018, in one of the new shopping facilities the major Japanese department store is set to launch in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. The Pokémon center, featuring the popular Japanese anime, will be on the fifth floor of the east building of Nihonbashi Takashi…

“Your Name” to Be Remade into Hollywood Live-Action Movie (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)—Major Japanese movie distributor Tōhō. said Thursday that the megahit animation film Kimi no na wa (Your Name) will be remade into a Hollywood live-action movie. Toho said it granted the right to adapt the film into a live-action movie mainly to US film distributor and producer Paramount Pictures, and is currently working on creating the movie together. J. J. Abr…

88 Anime “Pilgrimage” Sites Picked in Japan

Chiba, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)—The Anime Tourism Association has announced 88 locations closely related to Japanese animation works, including the central Japan city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, tied to the Kimi no na wa (Your Name) blockbuster movie. Based on votes from around the world, the public-private group also picked Hakodate in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō, Aizuwakamatsu in Fukush…

Meet Obada Kassoumah, the Syrian Who Translated “Tsubasa”

In January 2017, the Arabic translation of the hit manga series Captain Tsubasa went on sale in the United Arab Emirates. A portion of the first print run was donated to Syrian refugee children. It was translated by Obada Kassoumah, a 27-year-old Syrian who learned the language by studying abroad in Japan. We spoke to him about the hurdles of translating this Japanese soccer classic into his own language.

Japan’s Animation Industry Failing to Cultivate Next Generation of Talent

With blockbusters like Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no na wa (Your Name) making waves around the world, the Japanese animation industry would appear to be bursting with vitality. Yet behind the scenes at the nation’s animation production houses, the working conditions are little short of wretched, and the long-term future of made-in-Japan anime is anything but assured.

Endless Experimentation: Independent Animation Master Yamamura Kōji

Animator Yamamura Kōji has won a reputation through works including the surreal Atamayama (Mount Head). In this interview he discusses the particular fascination of short-form animation, which he sees as entirely different from feature films in its independent spirit.

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