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Shogakukan Inc., founded in 1922, started by launching teaching magazines for elementary school children. Expanding from children's magazines to the general magazine field, Shogakukan has also become a general publishing company with a book division that releases picture books, pictorial guides, dictionaries, encyclopedias and literary works, etc. The business operations of the company consist of magazine and book publication.
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Shueisha Inc. founded in 1926, is Japan's top sales publisher and publishes more than 40 magazines including comic magazines, women's, men's, sports, literary, etc. as well as many trade books. Its most successful comic magazine, Shonen Jump, prints 3 million copies weekly in Japan only and many animations such as ONE PIECE, NARUTO, YU-Gi-OH! and DRAGON BALL are based on Shonen Jump releases. Beyond publishing, Shueisha strategically works with other media and carries out many activities such as producing animation and merchandising for its strongest properties.
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Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd (ShoPro), founded in 1967, is one of Japan’s biggest licensing and merchandising company related to animation. Co-owned by Shogakukan Inc and Shueisha, Inc, two of the largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, ShoPro handles a variety of popular properties, including POKEMON, DORAEMON, INUYASHA, HAMTARO, DETECTIVE CONAN, and MEGAMAN, as well as other third-party licenses for the Japanese market. ShoPro also develops titles for the overseas marketplace, including the manga market in North America, Europe and Oceania.
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Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.
Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is the leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences such as North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa. VIZ Media is also an international (except Asia) licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.
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Headquartered in Paris, France, VIZ Media Europe (VME) specializes in the marketing and distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, of Japanese animated entertainment and manga. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators, publishers, and licensors of manga and animation, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co. Ltd., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan Inc., VME handles the comprehensive distribution, licensing, and promotions of some of the most popular Japanese manga and animation properties for consumers of all ages.
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Based in Hollywood, California, and founded in 2008, VIZ Productions is a film and television production company specialized in live-action adaptations of Japanese manga, anime and other artistic works. The company draws on the properties of VIZ parents Shueisha, Shogakukan, and Hakusensha, as well as other top creators’.
VIZ Productions serves as a liaison between creators and publishers and Hollywood creative talent (actors, directors and writers) and the major studios. The company aims to create films and television series in all genres, including science-fiction, action-adventure and comedy.

KAZE is the leading French company specialized in Japanese manga publishing, DVD / Blu-ray production & distribution, merchandizing, TV broadcast on digital platforms, musical distribution and animation movie theatrical release on French speaking territories.
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VIZ Media Switzerland SA is the largest Japanese animation home video publisher and sales agent in German speaking Europe; it is also active in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. VIZ Media Switzerland was founded in 1995 in Lausanne, Switzerland; it added music publishing in 2006 and live action movies in 2008 to its portfolio. In 2012, the company starts publishing manga, the well-known black-and-white Japanese comic books.
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AV Visionen GmbH is one of the biggest German independent home video distributors. Its distribution network includes both white-goods store chains and bookstores. It is the biggest distributor of Japanese animation DVDs and Blu-ray in Germany. AV Visionen operates its own video on demand platform for Japanese animation : Anime On Demand.
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