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YouTube Heads Will Meet With JASRAC Feb. 5

by Benon January 30, 2007
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the CEO and CTO at YouTube, will fly to Japan Feb. 5 to meet with the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers and discuss permanently banning repeat uploaders of copyrighted content. JASRAC, which represents Japanese copyright holders, demanded YouTube take more extensive action in a letter to […]

New Japanese Online Copyright Mall Opens 2008

by Benon January 30, 2007
JASRAC that 17 organizations representing Japanese copyright holders, including JASRAC, plan to open a cooperative Web database to make it easier and cheaper for foreign buyers to acquire licenses to Japanese content, cutting out the often troublesome and complicated multiple application processes licensors must currently complete.

"Tales from Earthsea" Opens April 4 in France

by Benon January 30, 2007
Goro Miyazaki’s Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the latest film from Studio Ghibli, opens in French theaters April 4 as Les Contes des Terremer, reports.

Tokyo Anime Fair Hosts Animated Robot Model Contest

by Benon January 30, 2007
The Tokyo Anime Fair set for this March will host a competition for moving models of robots from animation, in cooperation with the 6th Robot Animation Expo. Entries must be entirely made by the contestant, not from commercial kits, and will be judged on movement, design and features. The grand prize winner will receive 100,000 […]

Founding Editor of Animage Hideo Ogata Dead at 73 UPDATE: Miyazaki Read Eulogy

by Benon January 30, 2007
Hideo Ogata, the first editor-in-chief of Japan’s No. 2 anime magazine, Animage, died aged 73 on Thursday local time. Animage, whose title is a combination of the English words “animation” and “image,” began publication in 1978, and has offered its support over the years to many anime directors who are today international superstars. Animage serialized […]

Shueisha Offers "Slam Dunk" Scholarship to Japanese Students

by Benon January 30, 2007
One Japanese high school graduate interested in training with basketball professionals in the United States will get that chance, thanks to a new scholarship run by Slam Dunk author Masahiko Inoue and publisher Shueisha. The rigorous six-month screening process will begin with 30 semifinalists and end with one winner of a 14-month training and playing […]

I.G. Short Film on Maaya Sakamoto DVD

by Benon January 29, 2007
30minutes night flight, the new DVD from Japanese singer and voice actress Maaya Sakamoto, will contain a short film about five minutes long animated by Production I.G. [via Anime News Service]

"Powerpuff Girls Z" on Cartoon Network Japan in April

by Benon January 26, 2007
According to a press release, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z will begin its run on Cartoon Network Japan Sundays from 12 to 1 p.m. starting April 1. The coproduction between Cartoon Network, Toei Animation and Aniplex first began broadcasting on TV Tokyo last July.

Toei Animation Posts Major Profit Decline

by Benon January 26, 2007
Toei Animation, one of Japan’s largest animation studios, posted annual declines in both profit and revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 in an earnings report released Thursday local time. Like many Japanese corporations, Toei’s fiscal year ends in March. The company recorded about 14.6 billion yen ($121 million) in revenue over […]

"Steel Jeeg" Remake Begins April 5

by Benon January 26, 2007
A sequel to the 1975 mecha anime Steel Jeeg, based on the manga co-created by king of anime kitsch Go Nagai, will start airing weekly on the premium Japanese channel WOWOW on April 5. Animeanime notes that when the first series was released, it was famous for using “traditional Japanese motifs” and for the show’s […]