"Dragon Quest IX," the ninth version of the iconic vidgame published by Square Enix, has sold a boffo 3 million units in four days in Japan.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" bowed in Japan on Wednesday with $3.57 million on 840 screens — besting "War of the Worlds" for the biggest-ever Wednesday opening.
The court-ordered damages continue to mount up against Takafumi Horie, the once high-flying Japanese entrepreneur convicted of fraud in his attempted hostile takeover of mighty Fuji TV.
The Tokyo District Court has awarded $15.7 million to a shareholder group suing onetime high-flying Internet startup Livedoor and its former prexy, Takafumi Horie.
Japanese toon house Gonzo will delist from the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on July 30.
Gaga topper Tom Yoda has led a management buyout of the indie distributor from broadband and media conglom Usen.
Universal Studios Japan is slashing prices to counter the effects of the recession and swine flu, which have cut attendance drastically.
The Financial Services Agency has ordered JDC Trust, a fund operator active in pics, toons, games and other content, to suspend trust biz activities for three months.
Japan's upper house has unanimously approved a revision to the Copyright Law making downloading of pirated content illegal. The revision will go into effect on Jan. 1.
Masao Morita, the son of Sony co-founder Akio Morita, has taken the helm at Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan. CEO Ken Munakata is stepping down.
Distrib Toho and its partners have decided to advance screen the last pic of the smash hit "20th Century Boys" sci-fi action trilogy minus its ending.