Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries
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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries

Edited by Abbe E.L. Brown and Charlotte Waelde

The creative industries are becoming of increasing importance from economic, cultural, and social perspectives. This Handbook explores the relationship, whether positive or negative, between creative industries and intellectual property (IP) rights.
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Chapter 10: Cultural creative industries from a cultural policy perspective: the case of Japan

Emiko Kakiuchi


Harmonizing economic development and the creation of a rich culture, many measures, such as the Cool Japan Strategy, have been taken in Japan to promote creative industries. However, despite these efforts, creative industries, except software and computer services, are not growing as expected in terms of sales, value added, and the number of employees, even though the total for all industries is increasing. Notably it has become increasingly difficult to draw a line between creative and non-creative industries with highly advanced technology fully protected by intellectual property rights, which makes the definition of creative industries obscure.

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