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.