Copyrights Asia acquired by Japanese firm Kinoshita Group

Copyrights Asia, the longest-running Japan-based licensing agency has been acquired by the Japanese conglomerate Kinoshita Group.

Kinoshita is primarily a major provider of societal and personal health and wellbeing services. However, over the last ten years it has looked to closer align itself with entertainment areas such as film, animation, publishing, music and arts.

The acquisition of Copyrights Asia is a major step forward in Kinoshita’s plans for greater access to this market.

Over its more than six decades of history, Copyright Asia has created merchandising and promotional programmes on behalf of celebrities, films, events and famous characters from the worlds of animation and publishing.

The firm currently represents the likes of Charles Chaplin, Paddington Bear, Popeye, Betty Boop, The National Gallery, Pippi Longstocking, Shinzi Katoh, Jun Ichihara and many other Japanese and international properties.

David Buckley, representative director and president at Copyrights Asia, said: “The entry of Copyrights Asia into Kinoshita Group provides us access to a family of companies with whom we can create synergies and build mutual support. At the same time, this association will provide numerous new opportunities for our more than 200 licensees and the various property owners we represent.”

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