One of the most recent successes in Japanese
exports is in the movie industry. In the year 2004, Japanese
movie exports grossed $60 million in sales. The Japanese movie
industry has seen a boon in the last decade or so due to increased
interest in the martial arts, and the latest movie and television
craze to come out of Japan; Anime.
Although anime simply means “animation” in
Japan, people in other countries have come to relate the phrase
to Japan’s unique style of animation. The phrase “Japanimation” was
also coined to refer to Japanese anime movies and television
shows. From the colorful and cute characters in the Japanese
children’s shows to the intricate plots and adventurous
anime movies for the older crowd, the Japanese movie and television
production industry has shown remarkable growth as an export.