Comic Con Africa, JETRO Johannesburg, and Japan Street are facilitating discussions around merchandising and content between Japan and South Africa by hosting the virtual Japan Pop Culture Connect seminar on 27 July. If you’re passionate about business elements that surround anime, manga, or Japanese pop culture, mark your calendars for a virtual event that promises to bring you closer to the industry’s key players.
The online Japan Pop Culture Connect offers an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to connect with license holders and content producers from the Japanese pop-culture industry. The program boasts an impressive lineup of speakers and panel discussions that will delve into crucial topics related to licensing, merchandising, fan art, copyright, and the real value of official merchandise. Attendees will gain valuable insights from industry experts and gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese pop-culture landscape.
The event is thoughtfully designed to foster meaningful collaborations and enable exploration of exciting business prospects within this vibrant and dynamic sector.
Date: Thursday, 27 July 2023
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 (SAST) / 16:00 to 18:30 (JST)
RSVP link: https://bit.ly/CCA_Japan
The keynote for the event will guide attendees on licensing and merchandising for anime and manga characters – held by Managing director for CBLA (Character Branding and Licensing) and president of CHARACTER DATABANK Co., Kazuo Rikukawa. This session aims to dive deep into how South Africa firms can attain these licenses and the process surrounding it’s uses for retail and merchandising. Moreover, in a later session Attorney Christiaan J Steyn (STEYN IP) will hold a talk providing clarity on the age-old debate around fan art VS copyright infringement.
Other sessions that focus on trade include a discussion on how to do business with Japan from a South African perspective – which unpacks expected cross-cultural business expectations and decorum. Additionally, a panel of experts will discuss the real value of official merchandising and how your business can capitalise on Japanese pop culture.
Once the industry discussions have concluded, attendee will also have the opportunity to register for a unique networking session and facilitated meetings later this year (September). For more information please visit: https://comicconafrica.co.za/otaku-town/