Keywords: policies history, creative industries, Cool Japan strategy, content industry, traditional crafts, intangible cultural heritage, policy effects
This paper aims to give an overview of the cultural and creative industries
in Japan. Why and how have creative industries attracted attention
in Japan? How do industrial and cultural policies intervene in the market
of creative industries? To clarify these questions, I look at the history and
background of policies for creative industries in Japan, which might differ
from those in European countries.
For evaluating the effectiveness of the policies, I look at the definition
and the economic scale of creative industries in Japan. Is the market size of
Japanese creative goods expanding? Do intellectual property rights work
well? The issues of the policies will be discussed.