Japan to Build National Rights Database

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music.

The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide.

International negotiation for Japanese content rights is currently complicated by the tangle of local rights owners for many intellectual properties. This is a by-product of Japan’s ‘production committee’ system for producing films and other content, in which a consortium of media companies underwrite a project in return for slices of the rights. The database will help foreign buyers sort out who owns what – information that is now often hard to obtain.

METI will select a database contractor in the first half of the 2016 fiscal year, which begins at the end of March, 2016.  The initiative is part of METI’s plan to triple overseas sales of Japanese content rights to JPY20 billion ($166 million) from FY2013 to FY2018.

More Biz

  • Meet those who spoke out on

    Meet Some of the People Who Came Out Against Weinstein, Ratner and More

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Misogyny in Hollywood Makes Talented Women

    For Some Women, Hollywood's Culture of Inequality Is Too Much to Bear

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Hollywood Sexual Harassment Handcuffs

    Naming Names Isn't Enough -- Sexual Harassers Should Have to Face the Law (Column)

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Men in Power Sexual Harassment Mad

    Powerful Men Can't Plead Ignorance in the Wake of Misbehavior Revelations (Column)

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Chart Featured Image

    Report Card on Female Representation in Hollywood Shows Few Women at the Top

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Sexual Harassment Placeholder Corporations Boardroom

    Corporations Must Embrace Diversity to Prevent Misconduct and Money Loss

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

  • Jodi Kantor photographed for Variety by

    Praising the Heroes Behind Sexual Harassment Reckoning: Brave Victims and Intrepid Reporters

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to build a centralized database for rights information on Japanese content, including films, animation and music. The database, set for launch in the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be translated into various languages and be available to potential rights buyers worldwide. International negotiation for Japanese […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content