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Monday, April 01, 2024 

Manga sales reach billions in Japanese yen

Nippon reports manga sales, unsurprisingly, are reaching impressive heights compared to USA comics:
In 2023, the estimated total sales of print and electronic comic books and magazines in Japan increased year-on-year by 2.5% to ¥693.7 billion, achieving a third consecutive record annual high, according to the All Japan Magazine and Book Publishers’ and Editors’ Association and the Research Institute for Publications. The share of comics sales within the publishing market increased by 2.0 percentage points to 43.5%.

In 2020, annual sales of comics exceeded ¥600 billion for the first time, driven by the increased demand from people spending more time at home during the pandemic, and now the market scale is on the cusp of ¥700 billion.
I won't be surprised if that's close to at least a few billion in dollar currency. So we see, manga continues to outpace USA comics by miles, and so long as Japanese stand firm on their creative freedom, will continue to do so. Congratulations!

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