The Foreign Film Importer-Distributors Assn. of Japan has named Shochiku prexy Junichi Sakomoto its chairman.
It’s the first time that the president of a major Japanese distrib company that’s a member of the Motion Picture Assn. of Japan has been selected as the org’s chair. The two other Japanese majors, Toei and Toho, are not members.
The body oversees the importation and distribution of foreign films, fosters international cooperation, settles trade disputes and negotiates with festivals.
Sakomoto, who joined Shochiku 26 years ago, has been prexy for a year. He has overseen a return to financial health and dividend payments to stockholders.