According to a report handed down by a Cabinet committee, a lack of international copyright experts is hindering Japanese exports of television programs, movies, games, and animation (anime).

This snippet reportedly from Kyodo News indicates that the Strategic Council on Intellectual Property (I assume the new feed refers to this rather than the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters? Or are they one and the same?) indicates that Japan needs international copyright specialist in order to export anime.

Japan’s anime exports are already quite high, even if it is not comparable with manufacturing or consumer electronics in its ability to produce and distribute units en masse. But then, the economics of content production is rather different to that of plasma screens, the former relying more on demand-side economies of scale rather than scale economies from the supply-side.

I will be keeping a close watch on the results from the Council’s Content Research and Planning Working Group (my translation) given that very little of their activities or reporting makes it into English!