Sony Pictures Ent. Japan has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the Golden Globe Awards broadcast.
Jupiter Telecommunications, Japan's largest cabler, is acquiring a majority stake in sports channel operator J Sports Broadcasting.
Pia Film Fest awarded its Grand Prix to Masayuki Inoue's "The Temperature of a Second."
Japan's 97-year-old talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo is planning to go private in a deal worth between $420 million and $525 million.
The Fuji TV network is to make a third pic in its hit "Umizaru" franchise about Japanese Coast Guard divers.
Pic producer and distrib Nikkatsu has acquired the international rights acquisition and management arm of AMG Entertainment.
Anime auteur Mamoru Oshii ("Ghost in the Shell," "Innocence") has announced his first live-action pic in eight years.
Walt Disney and Panasonic are partnering to sell pics on SD cards in Japan, Disney announced on Wednesday.
Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Shall We Dance?") has joined the cast of Takashi Miike's "Thirteen Assassins," a remake of a 1963 hit samurai actioner helmed by Eiichi Kudo.
Taiwanese pic "No puedo vivir sin ti" won the Grand Prize at the Skip City Intl. D-Cinema Festival, which unspooled July 10-20 at the Skip City media complex in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture.