Japan’s anime industry was worth 2.1527 trillion yen ($20 billion) in 2017, topping 2 trillion yen for the first time and marking the fifth straight record high, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) said.

The AJA, comprising production studios and anime-related companies, released the 2018 edition of the annual Report on Japanese Animation Industry in December.

The report showed that the market value of the anime industry increased by 8.0 percent from 2016.

The AJA’s 2017 report also said the market value exceeded 2 trillion yen in 2016, but the figure was later revised downward.

According to the 2018 edition, the TV sector expanded by 0.9 percent; the streaming sector was up by 13 percent; the live entertainment sector grew by 16 percent; and the overseas sector increased by 29.6 percent.

However, decreases were observed in many other areas: the film sector was down by 38.3 percent; the video sector decreased by 2.9 percent; the merchandising sector fell by 7 percent; the music sector declined by 8.4 percent; and the amusement sector was down by 4.6 percent.

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

The summary of the 2018 report will be available in English at a later date at the AJA’s official website: (http://aja.gr.jp/english/japan-anime-data).

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