“Cool Japan” earns less than Kool Korea

Actress Nami Okamoto, manga editor Yohei Sadoshima & producer Koji Nagai promoting "Space Brothers" in Indonesia (Asahi Shimbun photo)

Actress Nami Okamoto, manga editor Yohei Sadoshima & producer Koji Nagai promoting “Space Brothers” in Indonesia (Asahi Shimbun photo)

In 2013 exports of Japanese broadcast content – anime, drama, variety and documentaries – rose by 30% on 2012, according to Japanese government figures. Anime earned the largest share of this overseas bounty, of 60% of broadcast exports.

Good news? Yes, but not entirely. A rise in streaming rights payments was boosted by a decline in the value of the yen.

Well over half the money was earned in Asia, with U.S. sales accounting for less than 25%.

South Korea earned over twice as much as Japan for broadcast exports in the same year.

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