Tetsuya Komuro, once Japan's most popular music producer, whose hit tunes built media conglom Avex into a powerhouse in the 1990s, has been handed a suspended sentence for a copyright sales scam.
Thesp Mitsuko Mori has commemorated her 2,000th performance in "A Wanderer's Notebook" (Horoki), an all-time record in Japan.
A growing numbers of pics are competing for a static number of viewers in the Japanese market -- annual admissions have peaked at about the 160 million mark -- while a handful of megahits are…
While incidents involving questionable reporting, phony shows and employee misbehavior are becoming more common across Japan's broadcasting sector, TV Asahi scored three separate punishments on the…
"Fujoshi Kanojo" (My Geeky Girlfriend), a pic based on a hit blog that has generated 11 million page views, will bow on the same day in theaters and on the Internet — a first for the Japanese…
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), a major rights org, has filed an appeal to the Fair Trade Commission against a February FTC ruling that Japan's current…
Isao Matsuoka, who helped to turn film studio Toho into Japan's B.O. giant in his 52-year career at the company, will step down as chairman on May 28.
Distrib Toho has suspended its promotional campaign for romance "Ballad -- Na no naki koi no uta" (Ballad -- Song of Love Without a Name) after its star, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, was arrested on Thursday…
The Japan Intl. Contents Festival (CoFesta) has announced 18 events to be held under its aegis in September and October.
The Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO), an industry self-policing org, has issued a ruling claiming a April 5 report by the TV Asahi network on a government org…
Media conglom Usen plans to reduce a quarter of its workforce by August 2010, including offering early retirement to 600 staffers.