Cool Japan

Japanese Entertainment

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Japan is well known for its exports of cars and electronic devices, but in recent years the country has become an exporter of pop culture as well. From anime and manga to video games and film, Japanese content is taking the world by storm.

Overall

The Japanese entertainment industry as a whole is in a period of transition. As the average age of the population continues to rise, the majority demographic is pulling farther and farther away from many of the youth-based contents that have driven the industry's domestic markets in the past. In addition to adapting to an older audience's demands, industries are also exploring and refining their relationships abroad and developing stable means of overseas distribution. Many are also being proactive in responding to how new technology has transformed traditional methods of distribution and dissemination, and in doing so are making their products more accessible to a more global and thus larger sphere of consumers.

This outward-oriented initiative is attractive at the present largely because of the lingering presence of an international boom of interest in Japanese culture that peaked in recent years. Anime and manga especially have recently enjoyed great popularity, and the release of next generation consoles has generated worldwide success for the Japanese gaming industry. Japanese films and music are also gaining unprecedented levels of international recognition and attention.

However, there are many obstacles to establishing successful international business relations, and many entertainment industries are still in the process of doing so. Language barriers, differences in governmental policies and regulations, and insufficient market information are all significant obstructions, although the industry as a whole is navigating them with increasing success.

Thus, currently the main challenges of the Japanese industry are to adapt its products and distribution methods to the changing demographic of an aging domestic population, and to expand and secure its international markets. In doing so, the industry can assure that its uniquely Japanese cultural products continue to excite and challenge both global and national audiences.

Past Events

Japan Booth at the American Film Market 2014

Date Wednesday, November 5 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Place Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel / Arcadia Ballroom (5F) 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

JAPAN BOOTH 2014 in CANNES

Date May 14 - 23, 2014
Place 21.02 - 21.04, Palais 01, Palais des Festivals
Exhibitors
  • ColorBird Inc.
  • ELEVEN GRAPHICS
  • GAINAX Co., Ltd.
  • Gold View Co., Ltd.
  • KADOKAWA CORPORATION
  • OMGACT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
  • OPEN SESAME CO., LTD.
  • Production I.G
  • SHOWGATE Inc.
  • TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION

JAPAN BOOTH at HongKong Filmart

Date March 24 - 27, 2014
Place Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Exhibitors
  • CREi INC.
  • DREAMKID Inc.
  • FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC._FUJI CREATIVE CORPORATION
  • GAGA Corporation
  • Gold View Co., Ltd.
  • HAPPINET CORPORATION
  • KADOKAWA CORPORATION
  • MODE FILMS INC.
  • NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan LLC
  • Nikkatsu Corporation
  • Nippon Television Network Corp.
  • Okura Movie,Co.Ltd.
  • OMGACT ENTERTAINMENT
  • P.I.C.S. Co.,Ltd
  • PRODUCTION REED CO.,LTD.
  • RIRE Inc.
  • SDP, Inc.
  • Showgate Inc.
  • Skyvision Co.,Ltd
  • TOKYOPOP K.K.
  • Tsuburaya Productions Co.,Ltd.
  • TV Asahi Corporation

American Film Market 2013

Date November 6 - 13, 2013
Place Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Exhibitors
  • Aniplex Inc.
  • GAGA Corporation
  • Geneon Universal
  • Gold View Co., Ltd
  • MODE FILMS INC.
  • Nikkatsu Corporation
  • OMGACT ENTERTAINMENT LLC.
  • SEDIC INTERNATIONAL INC.
  • Shochiku Co., Ltd.
  • Showgate Inc.
  • STORIES
  • TOEI COMPANY, LTD.
  • Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.