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.
Three Japanese right orgs are banding together to launch a rights clearinghouse for TV content on the Internet.
"Red Cliff Part 2," the second part of the John Woo period epic, topped the Japanese B.O. for the weekend of April 11-12.
Japan has the fewest female top execs of any country in Asia or the developed world. So when Gaga Communications appointed marketing vet Yuka Hoshino as its first-ever prexy in its 23-year history in…
Yahoo Japan is buying a 51% stake in Gyao, the video portal site run by media conglom Usen, for $5.3 million.
Movie studio Shochiku's 21-year film franchise "Diary of a Fishing Fool" (Tsuri baka nisshi) will end after its 20th installment is released Dec. 26.