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 ...

Jul 15, 2015

Ban on possession of child porn takes effect in Japan

Japan finally moved to ban the possession of pornographic photos and videos of children on Wednesday, amid growing international criticism as the only Group of Seven industrialized country that had not passed a law on the matter. After the Diet amended the law on ...

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 ...

'One Piece' sets Guinness World record for manga

Jun 15, 2015

'One Piece' sets Guinness World record for manga

The popular manga series “One Piece” was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Monday as the comic book series with the most copies published by a single author. Shueisha Inc. had published more than 320 million copies of Eiichiro Oda’s series in 77 ...

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 ...

Manga exhibit promotes human rights awareness

Jun 1, 2015

Manga exhibit promotes human rights awareness

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Gender identity disorder, sexual orientation discrimination, death row, depression and physical abuse: these are just a few of the hard-hitting subjects being dealt with at a manga exhibition for the promotion of human rights. While people from overseas have grown more aware of Japanese ...

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 ...