Photo/IllutrationThe AnimeJapan convention held in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The market value of Japan’s anime industry topped 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) for the first time in 2016, according to the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).

The AJA, comprising production studios and anime-related companies, released the 2017 edition of the annual Report on Japanese Animation Industry in late October.

It showed the market was worth 2.0009 trillion yen in 2016, up by 9.9 percent from a year earlier and marking the fourth straight year of record highs.

It also showed expansion in many fields, including the film sector (up by 41.1 percent), the overseas sector (up by 31.6 percent) and the live entertainment sector (up by 29.5 percent).

The AJA has been publishing the report since 2009 to provide research results, statistical data and analysis.

This year’s report comes with a supplementary volume that covers all anime titles aired, theatrically released or sold in 2016. It was compiled by anime researcher Masahiro Haraguchi.

The 80-page report is priced at 6,000 yen, excluding tax. Although it is only available in Japanese, summaries for 2014, 2015 and 2016 are available in English at the AJA’s official website: (

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