Friday, July 02, 2004

Economic juggernaut: Japan Today looks at how, during a national economic slump, animation became a growth industry, with domestic sales surging from 133 billion yen in 1992 to 214 billion in 2002:

"According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan supplies roughly 60% of the animation shown on television and in theaters around the world. Japan's 'anime' industry comprises more than 400 companies, over 60% of which are based in Tokyo. The largest concentration is in Suginami Ward on the west side of Tokyo, where more than 70 production firms have set up shop."