National / Crime & Legal Sep 17, 2019

Four Japanese publishers sue U.S. 'pirate' manga websites

Four Japanese publishers have filed a damages lawsuit with a court in New York against several U.S.-hosted websites that allow visitors to view manga, alleging "massive" copyright infringement. The publishers say that the websites, which offer content in Japanese, are successors of the now-shuttered pirate ...

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

National Oct 29, 2013

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

by Tomohiro Osaki

Starting Wednesday, major publishing firm Kodansha Ltd. will make new manga installments digitally available in English worldwide on the same day they're released in Japan. Kodansha hopes the business decision will help curb the increasing threat to its overseas sales posed by bilingual anime fans ...

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Business / Corporate Mar 7, 2013

Apple offers Japanese e-book service

Apple on Wednesday launched Japanese-language electronic books in Japan, a move likely to further intensify competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc. E-books purchased via Apple's website iBookstore can be read on such devices as iPad tablet computers and iPhones. Users will be able to download ...

Editorials Jun 20, 2010

Adapting to the Digital Age

The pervasive influence of digital media was highlighted on June 7 by the announcement of recommendations for changes in the authorized list of kanji for everyday use. A government advisory panel has proposed adding 196 kanji and removing five for a total of 2,136 ...