Friday, 26 February 2016

Exploring Collaborations with Fukuoka

We had a good meeting with the team of government delegates from the Fukuoka City of Japan. 

Fukuoka is a very interesting city. It is expected to grow in the years ahead, especially in animation and media. In terms of rent, it is much lower than Singapore. Salary is about 35% cheaper than us. In general, it has a lower cost of living than most Japanese cities. It is well linked to other cities in Japan, and its location is in the centre of Asia. Their government is looking at ways to grow the animation and media sector by providing support. Fukuoka is considered a earthquake free-zone. I am not surprise that someday, it may take over Tokyo. 

It will be really exciting if Tiny Island can set up a branch in Fukuoka to tap on the creatives there, to produce a Japanese version of the Dream Defenders story. Its something I have been thinking about for some time. 

The immediate collaboration we are in discussions about, is to go there to share our experience in IP creation for global markets. Hopefully, this will encourage more Japanese indie producers to go global and build a whole new market for themselves. We will probably be there next year as a speaker at an industry talk, and hopefully follow it up by running seminars there.

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