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Revised Version of Guidelines on Animation Industry Subcontracting Formulated

August 9, 2019

Aiming to encourage the animation production industry to promote appropriate subcontracting transactions from the perspective of the entire supply chain, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) formulated the revised version of the Guidelines on the Promotion of Appropriate Subcontracting Transactions in the Animation Production Industry (hereinafter referred to the “guidelines”) and the Summary thereof. METI will continue to strive to be fully committed to the policies for further development of the industry.

1. Outline of the revision

Since its formulation of the first version of the guidelines in 2013, METI has been repeatedly revising the guidelines to meet the current situations of the industry.

Following the results of the discussions on the improvement of business transaction conditions for broadcasting contents (including animation) within the working group for improving business transaction for SMEs including subcontractors held at the Liaison Council of Responsible Ministries and Agencies for Improving Vitalization of SMEs and Small Enterprises (Chair: Mr. Kotaro Nogami, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary), METI formulated the revised version of the guidelines and the summary thereof for encouraging the animation production industry to promote appropriate business transactions from the perspective of the entire supply chains.

Prior to this, from April 27 (Sat.) to May 31 (Fri.), 2019, METI opened a call for public comments on the draft versions of the revised guidelines and the summary thereof to collect opinions from a wide variety of people and received as many as 2,882 comments. METI greatly appreciates the submission of sincere opinions on appropriate subcontracting transactions in animation production from many citizens, including stakeholders in the industry.

2. Major opinions and the sections that METI amended for the opinions

METI will strive to raise public awareness of the revised guidelines. METI requests stakeholders in the industry to endeavor to thoroughly observe the revised guidelines from the viewpoint of promoting appropriate transactions involving animation production and contributing to the development of the industry.

3. Revised documents

4. Related documents

On August 9, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications releases the revised version of the Guidelines for Regulation of Broadcast Content Production and Trade.

In FY2018, the Study Group on Content Business Taking Advantage of Blockchain Technologies of METI held meetings and discussions on a system for distributing benefits brought about by distribution of contents and other issues. In light of the discussion results, METI has been providing support measures to the projects for development and demonstration of systems for production and distribution of new contents taking advantage of blockchain technologies under the Japan Content Localization and Distribution (J-LOD) Subsidy Project under the FY2018 Secondary Supplementary Budget.

Taking advantage of the subsidy under the subsidy project J-LOD above, METI has been supporting projects for development and demonstration of systems contributing to production improvement in content production.

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Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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