Leaders from Asian countries gathered for a high-level seminar which opened Oct. 28, 2005, in Tokyo to enhance Asia-wide cooperation to produce animated movies, games and other cultural products, reports KYODO NEWS. Ministers from Japan, China, South Korea, India and the 10 members of the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations are gathered to recognize the importance of movies and animation produced and widely circulated in the region.
A main topic of discussion is to establish an organization to serve as a liaison office for international productions, where producers and directors from different countries can exchange information. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Asia's share in the global market for cultural products, such as movies and animation, is expected to reach 28% in 2015, up from 19% in 2004.