BANDAI NAMCO, ADK, and Aniplex establish Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ)

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BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc. (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO, Representative Director: Shukuo Ishikawa), ASATSU-DK INC. (ADK, Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President & Group CEO: Shinichi Ueno), and Aniplex Inc. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Masuo Ueda) announce that they will jointly establish a new company called Anime Consortium Japan Inc. (hereinafter, “ACJ”) on November 7, 2014. The new company is designed to develop the platform that will provide streaming service of official Japanese anime content and operate e-commerce site to offer amine character-related goods to overseas fans.
Upon establishment, it will merge DAISUKI Inc. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director & President: Kunihiko Shibata), a provider of Japanese anime content streaming service, into its framework. Subsequently, Cool Japan Fund Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Nobuyuki Ota) will take part in the consortium by injecting capital. With key players of Japanese anime business, ACJ will distribute anime content, which is one of Japan's “cool” culture toward international audience. It will fully operate the business in April 2015.
The newly establishing platform is able to deliver official and brand new Japanese anime titles in several translated languages in the form of “simulcast distribution” (which is the way that distributes programs in Japan and abroad at the same time) as well as content that was already aired in the past. Furthermore, it will operate e-commerce site to sell anime character-related goods and digital content. With the aid of Cool Japan Fund, it will be well positioned to provide Japanese anime content culture to international markets while growing the anime fan base.
Profile of the new company
As of November 2014 at the time the company is established (a tentative plan)
Name: Anime Consortium Japan Inc.
Location: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Shin Unozawa (he will concurrently serve the post along with Executive Vice President & Representative Director at Bandai Namco Games Inc.)
Establishment: November 7, 2014 (tentative plan)
Capital: 500 million yen
As of the end of December 2014 (a tentative plan)
*After DAISUKI Inc. has merged into ACJ, followed by Cool Japan Fund's financial participation.
BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.
Cool Japan Fund Inc.
Aniplex Inc.
Sunrise Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.,
Corporate Communications Department
Akiko Tagami or Yoshida
TEL: +81-3-5783-5503
BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.
Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
President and CEO, Representative Director: Shukuo Ishikawa
Capital: 10 billion yen
Main Business
Toys and Hobby, Content, Amusement Facility businesses
Draw out and implement the medium to long term business strategy for BANDAI NAMCO Group companies.
Support the Group companies' business strategy and manage their business activities
Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo
President and Group CEO: Shinichi Ueno
Capital: 37.58 billion yen
Main Business
Advertising and full communication services
Aniplex Inc.
Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
President: Masuo Ueda
Capital: 0.48 billion yen
Main Business
Animation videos' planning, production and sales, also theatrical films' distribution
Cool Japan Fund Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Nobuyuki Ota
Cool Japan Fund was founded in November 2013 as a public-private fund under
law with the aim of supporting and promoting the development of overseas
demand for excellent Japanese products and services. Cool Japan Fund aims to commercialize the “Cool Japan” and increase overseas demand by providing risk capital
for businesses across a variety of areas, including Media & Content, Food & Services, and Fashion & Lifestyle.
Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director & President: Kuhihiko Shibata,
Capital: 229.75 million yen
Established in October 2012 by jointly funded by seven parties.
Main services include animation video distribution to overseas markets and merchandising business.

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