How would the collapse of the Japanese economy affect anime?
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I know that there are more important things to worry about with the collapse of an economy but just wondering how it might affect anime. I'm sure we would see less new anime many small companies would probably go out of business as well as the big ones. I understand that this has been going on for a while now, but if it does collapse could it be the end of anime outside of japan?
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It was had a very negative effect, it would probably mean one of two things:

1. They'd stop all foreign legal streaming and releases

2. They'd increase both of these in an attempt to increase total sales. Overseas companies would probably be less strict about it to, to keep the industry alive.
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Posted 5/1/13
It would likely become less infected with incest and other overused tropes.
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Anime companies would outsource more and more animation work to other countries in order to save money via cheaper labor while maintaining a reasonable amount of output.
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Posted 5/1/13
uh more like how wouldn't it not affect anime...
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Posted 5/19/13
Obviously if it were to collapse then mostly negative things would happen.
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Unlikely to happen as the Japanese economy appears to be growing for the first time in ... a long time.

Ref - http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21578044-shinzo-abe-has-vision-prosperous-and-patriotic-japan-economics-looks-better
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They would find a country to blame, like most seem to do, then stop any imports to Japan.

Worst case scenario, stop anime all together. Best case scenario, flood more of the markets with anime dvds, cds, figurines, wall scrolls, posters, other misc merchandise on a more massive scale to gain money back and increase import/export taxes for their country.

When our economy nearly took a dump like the stock market crash, we were on the edge, so we just blamed China and raised taxes. Why not, right? lol
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If the Japanese economy collapsed, the last thing I would be worrying about is a trivial thing like anime.
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Posted 5/19/13
as long as there is anime in japan we will be able to watch anime any where else
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Posted 5/19/13

HimitsuUK wrote:

Unlikely to happen as the Japanese economy appears to be growing for the first time in ... a long time.

Ref - http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21578044-shinzo-abe-has-vision-prosperous-and-patriotic-japan-economics-looks-better


This. Japan's stock market has risen by 70% after 20 years of zero growth of the country's economy when counting inflation.

As for the question itself, well, it's a bit silly since the Japanese economy HAS been collapsed for the past 20 years. Zero growth. That's not normal. So wondering about what it would be like is pointless since it's been that way for a long time. I guess if you're talking about a complete economic collapse where the Yen became worthless, yeah, all production of anime would stop, but that's fairly obvious. Who would agree to make something if no one could pay them for it?

BTW, nice to see another Economist reader.
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The Japanese economy will not collapse.

As of 2012, Japan as the highest debt to gdp ratio [1], higher than Greece. In addition, Japan has been in a 20 year long recession [2]. Coupled with both a shrinking and aging population [3], and an absurdly complicated immigration process, the Japanese economy will continue to shrink. With such grim economic prospects, the Japanese government has pumped over $2 trillion into their economy since 2009 [4]; the goal, quite plainly, to decrease the favorability of JPY in the international market and stimulate international trade with favorable conversion rates while simultaneously supporting domestic production.

So, it would seem like the Japanese economy is in a tale spin, no? Well, not quite.

A high debt to gdp ratio is fine. So long as you owe other countries money, it is those countries best interests for your country to succeed. In fact, the first thing Thomas Jefferson wanted our country to do was be in debt [5].

Unlike the debt to gdp ratio, however, a shrinking, aging population is a major economic concern. Global economies are based on endless growth. Immigration is a viable solution to grow Japan's economy; Japan's strict immigration standards and general xenophobia reduces the viability of this solution. Nevertheless, this is not a enough to destroy an economy. We're also facing a similar problem in the United States, as well [6].

Japan's deficient spending is also more permissible than say, China's spending. Increasing domestic growth as opposed to artificially inflating GDP will, if current economic models are correct, lead to growth.

Allonan wrote:

I know that there are more important things to worry about with the collapse of an economy but just wondering how it might affect anime. I'm sure we would see less new anime many small companies would probably go out of business as well as the big ones. I understand that this has been going on for a while now, but if it does collapse could it be the end of anime outside of japan?
To answer your question, Allonan, the Japanese economy will not collapse; any guesswork suggesting adverse consequences of said collapse on the anime industry are ostensible suppositions, at best, and specious hypotheses at worse.

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[1] - Public debt, The World Factbook, United States Central Intelligence Agency, accessed on March 21, 2013.
[2] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Recession
[3] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Japan#Census
[4] - The Economist June 20, 2009 U.S. Print Edition. Page 16. "No exit".
[5] - http://guides.lib.virginia.edu/TJ
[6] - CDC Bottom of this page http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/vsus.htm "Vital Statistics of the United States, 2003, Volume I, Natality", Table 1-1 "Live births, birth rates, and fertility rates, by race: United States, 1909–2003."
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