Hideko Takamine, a much-acclaimed thesp who was the muse of 1950s and 1960s greats Keisuke Kinoshita and Mikio Naruse, died on Tuesday of lung cancer at age 86.
Two more studios have signed on for Sony Computer Ent.'s movie service for gamers, according to a report in the Nikkei newspaper.
Sony has unveiled a new digital music service that will give users access to about six million tunes from major labels.
Japan's box office has hit a record 220 billion yen ($2.65 billion), topping the $2.54 billion notched up in 2004, according to figures from distrib Toho.
Studio Ghibli, the toon house that Hayao Miyazaki built, has announced its new toon feature.
Shochiku has announced the production of helmer Yoji Yamada's next pic, "Tokyo Kazoku."
The selection of Tetsuya Nakashima's revenge drama "Confessions" as Japan's nominee for a foreign-language Oscar surprised many biz insiders here. Despite its stellar B.O. -- $45 million -- the pic…
The battle between the Japanese toon biz and the Tokyo city authorities escalated Friday.
Media group Kadokawa is pulling out of the Tokyo government-sponsored Tokyo Anime Fair in March in protest at politicians' plans to restrict sexual content in comics and toons.
TOKYO -- Japan's Radio Regulatory Council, an advisory body to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, issued a report on Wednesday proposing that pubcaster NHK downsizes its three…