The anime industry in Japan is the dominant source of content for many Americans, but it’s hard to know where to begin in terms of identifying the Japanese and other Japanese influences in our country’s culture.
The fact that many anime fans can identify Japanese themes in the anime they love is something that’s been a long-standing trend in Japan, but has come under scrutiny in recent years.
The recent film and TV adaptation of the popular manga series LoveLive!
and the recently-released anime anime film Sankarea no Shima, both from the Japanese company Production I.G., both had prominent Japanese actors in the lead roles.
Now, a new report suggests that the Japanese market may be getting more Japanese influences than ever before.
A new survey conducted by the Japan Foundation for Culture and Education finds that the number of people identifying as Japanese has increased from the 20th century to today.
According to the report, the percentage of people who identified as Japanese grew from 5.5 percent in 1970 to 6.1 percent in 2020, the same as the percentage who identified with the Christian religion.
While the number may seem small, Japan Foundation director of Asian studies Masato Yamada said that it’s not surprising that this phenomenon happened given that there’s a big demand for American-produced and animated Japanese content.
“It’s an important factor in the Japanese cultural landscape, and in the world at large, where Japanese culture is so popular,” Yamada told The Huffington Post.
“A lot of people are familiar with the Japanese culture in the United States, and so there’s more Japanese-ness to American culture than there is in Japan.
And that’s something that many Japanese people are also familiar with, and that has led to this growing demand.”
But Yamada acknowledged that this trend will continue.
“The numbers may be small, but they’re growing,” he said.
“And I think it’s a good thing, given that it means that more Japanese are being drawn to American-made content.”
The report comes as the Japanese government and media outlets are looking to revitalize the nation’s Japanese cultural heritage.
A Japanese pop band called “Doraemon” performed in the U.S. on Monday, where fans of the series were able to meet the actors, directors and other key characters of the anime series.
The Japanese pop music scene is also booming, with Japanese acts including rock band Aria and popular dance group PINK being featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
And in 2017, the Japanese film industry saw a record-breaking $1.6 billion in box office revenue, and the country is on track to surpass the $2 trillion mark in total box office gross this year.
As a result, the number and type of anime that’s produced in Japan are growing at a rapid pace.
“As a country that celebrates its history, culture and culture that makes it unique and rich, we’ve got to be very careful when we are making new and original things in the entertainment industry,” Yamamoto said.