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Japan losing Animation jobs to other countries

posted on 2002-07-10 09:15 EDT
A Japanese Government Study has found that more and more Animation work on Anime titles is being sent overseas.

According to articles in the Kahoku Online Network and the Mainichi Shimbun (both in Japanese), a report released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry states that a large ammount of work done on Japanese Animation is being contracted overseas to countries with lower wages, particularly South Korea and other south-eastern Asian countries.

According to the report, this loss of labour is largely due to the fact that broadcasters, as opposed to Japanese Animation studios, often hold the rights to Anime titles and are interested in benefitting from the lower overseas wages.

The rport recommends that the Japanese government apply existing trade practices/antitrust laws to the Animation industry in order to decrease the ammount of exported Animation work. A further plan to make changes to the current business trust laws was also proposed by the ministry; the changes would improve the means by which animation studios can finance the production of Japanese made Anime.

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