Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

| Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

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Two weeks ago, the United States’ box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media.That was Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby,” starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. Further ...

'Cool Japan' needs to listen to its target market

Apr 24, 2016

'Cool Japan' needs to listen to its target market

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As far as awards ceremonies go, the Sugoi Japan Awards were a fairly flashy affair. Held on March 22, the prizes recognized recent titles in anime, manga and fiction that an online poll of Japanese fans wanted to do well overseas.Winners included “One Punch ...

Mar 23, 2016

Japanese broadcasters boost content aimed at potential tourists

Japanese broadcasters whose programs are shown overseas are stepping up content aimed at potential tourists.Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. is slated to expand its overseas service area to 22 nations by fiscal 2020. It currently serves only four. NHK gave a 30 percent boost to ...

Kyary ride does its part for 'Cool Japan'

Jan 31, 2016

Kyary ride does its part for 'Cool Japan'

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“Cool Japan Heats Up” declares a sign welcoming visitors to an area of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) devoted to the country’s hottest pop culture exports.Now in its second year, USJ’s “Universal Cool Japan” event features special attractions that run until June 26. It promises ...

METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

Jun 28, 2015

METI plans bilingual app that scans sake labels

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to develop a free smartphone app that scans sake labels to provide information in Japanese and English.The app will display such data as alcohol content, the variety of rice used and recommended drinking temperatures, as well ...

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Jun 5, 2015

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

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Publisher Kadokawa Corp. has unveiled a vision to turn Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, into a hub for the “Cool Japan” movement by creating a cultural complex that it claims Japan has never seen the likes of before.Calling it the “Cool Japan Forest Vision,” the Tokyo-based ...

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

May 21, 2015

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

Japanese virtual pop sensation Hatsune Miku has toured the world, performing “live” on stages from Singapore to Los Angeles and even opening for Lady Gaga.But despite legions of adoring fans and worldwide recognition, the computer-generated star, who made her first concert appearance overseas in ...