Nikkei Inc. sees acquisition as major step in the internationalization and digitization strategy that it has already been pursuing.
"Hero," the second film based on a popular Fuji TV drama series featuring a rule-bending public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won the July 18-19 weekend at the Japanese box office.
Mamoru Hosoda's "The Boy and the Beast," a Harry-Potter-ish coming-of-age animation, topped the Japanese box office for the weekend of July 11-12.
Fuji TV has announced that it will supply shows to Netflix's new service in Japan, which is scheduled to launch this fall.
"Love Live! The School Idol Movie," a feature animation that encompasses a TV anime show, comic, music CDs and live concerts, opened at number one
Netflix and the Yoshimoto Kogyo talent agency are partnering to make local programs for Netflix's upcoming Japanese launch, say reports.
Bowing on 643 screens, Disney's "Tomorrowland" triumphed at the Japanese box office over the June 6-7 weekend.
"To All the Corners of This World," a WWII-era anime feature has raised a large chunk of its budget from crowd-funding.
"Cinderella" won its fourth straight weekend at the Japanese box office, finishing the May 16-17 frame with $2.63 million.
Nobuya Wazaki has been promoted from president to chairman at Japanese pay-TV group WOWOW. It also hired Akira Tanaka as president.
The Japan Day Project got off to a quirky start Saturday with Asuna, a human-like robot. It continues with a high level conference.