The five commercial networks and pubcaster NHK still rule the Japanese TV biz, though cable and satellite strands are making inroads into sales and profits.
The Tokyo Game Show opened on Thursday at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe event space with its second-largest lineup of titles ever — 758.
Japan's new culture minister, Tatsuo Kawabata, has scotched plans to build a $130 million national media arts center.
Japan Digital Contents Trust was stripped of its trust business license Wednesday.
Footage from the James Cameron 3-D sci-fi epic "Avatar" will screen at this year's Tokyo Film Festival, organizers revealed on Monday.
Helmer-thesp Takeshi Kitano's next pic will return to the gang genre that brought him international recognition.
Homevideo distributors have long argued that just because you own a DVD doesn't mean you actually own a copy of the movie or show that's on it.
A play based on Japan's 2008 foreign-language Oscar winner, "Departures," will open in May in Tokyo, according to producer Yasuhiro Mase.