AKB48 turns to an American studio

| Aug 15, 2015

AKB48 turns to an American studio

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AKB48’s  commercial success in Japan is often derided as a sign of the culture’s patriarchal infantilization of women, and the girl group’s inability to appeal to Western audiences a sign of Japan’s increasingly isolated ideas about femininity, sexuality and pop music. Put simply: outside ...

Project Anime asks the right questions

| Jul 18, 2015

Project Anime asks the right questions

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More than 90,000 attended the 24th annual Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest Japanese pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 2 to 5. The four-day event featured a concert by idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who were joined ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

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On paper, “Manga * Anime * Games From Japan,” currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: “Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, ...

Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

| Jun 20, 2015

Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

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Last week, Line Corp.’s, the operators of Japan’s most popular messaging app, launched an in-app music streaming service called Line Music. Japan is the second-largest music market in the world after the United States, but its consumers have so far been global outliers, clinging ...

Jun 11, 2015

'Shingeki no Kyojin' movie shut out from Shanghai festival

The popular Japanese anime “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin”) has been shut out from this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival that starts Saturday, according to informed sources. The movie had been among films slated to be shown at an event featuring Japan, but ...

Jun 9, 2015

China bans 'Attack on Titan,' other popular Japanese anime from Web

China has blacklisted 38 Japanese cartoons, including the megahit “Attack on Titan,” from appearing online, according to state media. Amid a broadening crackdown on the country’s Internet content, 29 Chinese websites have received warnings or fines for carrying shows that “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify ...

At last, Japan gets it

| Apr 18, 2015

At last, Japan gets it

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The Japanese entertainment industry is finally growing up, says Shin Unozawa, and he should know. Unozawa joined Bandai Entertainment back in 1981, and serves as chair of the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA), co-hosts of the Tokyo Game Show. Now he is CEO of ...