Japanese web TV Tokyo, leading telecom NTT, financial daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun and four other companies will set up a video distribution company for broadband networks that will launch in March.
Japanese satcaster Wowow plans to launch an IPO on the venture-oriented Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange as early as March, a Japanese financial daily has reported.
Universal Studios Japan has completed its 170 billion yen ($1.45 billion) theme park in Osaka and is prepping for its March 31 opening.
Japan's movie market in 2000 was down, despite a screen increase of more than 10%. B.O. slumped by 6.5%. Receipts for the world's second-largest movie market hit 170.9 billion yen ($1.45 billion) in…
Cannes prize winner "Dancer in the Dark" scored its biggest payday so far with a boffo 1.3 billion yen ($11.6 million) B.O. in Japan after one month. "Dancer" opened Dec. 23 on 150 screens and has no…
Sports programming proved big in Japan last year as the Sydney Olympics and the professional baseball championship series dominated the yearly ratings.
MTV will launch a Japanese-language network and Web site when its new music channel takes to the air on Jan. 1 as it tries to find a leading spot in the country's highly competitive musicvideo…
A controversial movie about teen violence scored a moderate opening weekend at the box office after exhibs ignored politicians' pleas not to show it. "Battle Royale" went out with a rare R-15 rating…
Japanese distributors have been thinking big in recent months, laying out the yen for pictures and providing much of the action at Mifed and the London Screenings.
Japanese webs, satcasters, cable companies and broadband players were among the 18 companies granted broadcast licenses by Japan's Post and Telecommunications Ministry for a communications satellite…