Akio Jissoji, a helmer best known abroad for his work on the "Ultraman" sci-fi series, but wildly eclectic in his directing career, died November 29 in Tokyo of stomach cancer. He was 69.
Producer-distrib Toei has sold 19.7 million shares worth ¥12.9 billion ($111.2 million) to the TV Asahi web, and four other companies, making TV Asahi the lead shareholder with 11.3%.
Onetime investment guru Yoshiaki Murakami retracted an earlier admission of guilt at his trial for alleged insider trading in the Livedoor scandal got under way in Tokyo on Thursday.
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced a shakeup of its top management team, effective Dec. 1.
Mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo will partner with the Fuji TV and NTV webs, as well as the Itochu trading house and the Sky Perfect satellite platform, in producing mobile content.
Mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo announced Tuesday that it will take a 3.78% stake worth ¥4 billion ($34.5 million) in Kadokawa Group Holdings, parent of the Kadokawa media group, on Dec. 12.
In the latest of a series of scandals plaguing pubcaster NHK, a former employee has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement. Kei Tsuchiyama, formerly in charge of accounting at the NHK Service…
Fuji TV intends to sue former Internet powerhouse Livedoor, web prexy Koichi Murakami said Friday.
Djamshed Usmonov's "To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die" won the Grand Prize at the Tokyo Filmex fest at Sunday's awards ceremony.
Japanese pics are on track to grab a majority share of the 2006 box office, the first time domestic product has beaten foreign films since 1985, according to numbers compiled by the Nikkei newspaper.
Culture Convenience Club, which operates Japan's biggest video rental chain, Tsutaya, will launch an online download service for pics next spring, the company said Tuesday.
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