|Type||Anime trade association|
|Purpose||Sustainable development of the animation industry|
|Headquarters||Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Hongo Third Street No. 4 No. 5, 4th floor|
|Services||Domestic / international exchange, copyright protection|
|38 regular member companies, 44 associate member companies (as of June 2020)|
|Kazuko Ishikawa (Chairman)|
The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA; 日本動画協会, Nippon Douga Kyoukai) is an industry group consisting of 52 affiliate animation production companies.
AJA's scope of duties are to work on various issues concerning the Japanese animation industry, which most members are a part of.
Most of AJA's members are small to medium-sized companies, hence the need for AJA to unite together to overcome some of the bigger problems, such as infringement of intellectual properties, rampant piracy and illegal file sharing has risen following the introduction and widespread adoption of P2P networking software.
Besides the aforementioned, AJA also serves to resolve conflicts, and provide improvements of the general production environment, talents and oversea operations.
AJA also releases annual reports on the anime industry. According to the 2017 report, overseas markets expanded 1.5 times the previous year to a record high. In terms of contracts, China placed first while the United States dropped to 4th place. In 2019, the United States placed first as Canada placed second in contracts.
AJA also organises events to promote the work of their members to the major distributor of licenses of other regions, R1 (US), R3 (SEA), R2 (UK), R4 (Aus) and so on, in bid to promote Japanese animation to the world.
One of their events is the biggest anime related event in Japan, the Tokyo International Anime Fair.
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