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Hollywood is king on Japanese TV, according to figures for 2005 from the Federation of Japanese Films Industry (Eidanren).

Pubcaster NHK and the five national webs, as well as Wowow and NHK BS cable and satellite services, broadcast 1,785 foreign films 3,260 times in 2005, a 3% drop from the 3,360 airings of 1,854 films in 2004.

American films were by far the most popular with 2,262 broadcasts, followed by French films with 129 and Korean films with 93. The relatively weak showing of Korean films indicates the much-hyped “Korean wave” in the Japanese TV and film market may be cooling, though Korean dramas are still doing well in the ratings.

Some 616 Japanese films aired 908 times, a 4.4% gain over the 870 airings of 652 films recorded in 2004.

The survey does not track broadcasts of films on specialized cable and satellite channels or PPV services.

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