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CCCT | 27 APRIL - 1 MAY |CTICC 2 | CAPE TOWN

CCA | 26-29 SEPT | JHB EXPO CENTRE | JOHANNESBURG

オタク向け

oTAKU TOWN

EAST MEETS BUSINESS

JAPAN POP CULTURE CONNECT

Japan Pop Culture Connect is the ultimate gateway to Japan’s vibrant pop-culture universe, and it promises to be a must-attend online networking event for all enthusiasts. The seminar took place on the 27th of July and offered an opportunity for merchandising and content production teams in South Africa to connect with license holders and content producers from the Japanese pop-culture industry.

Part two will then feature facilitated meeting between yourself and Japanese brands organized by JETRO Johannesburg and Japan Street starting from 5-20 September.

You can register for Japan Street below. 

5-20 september 2023

MEET JAPANESE COMPANIES

In order to take part in facilitated meetings with Japanese companies through JETRO, you need to sign up for their business matching platform JapanStreet and to fill out the Buyer Schedule availability form. (All attached below)

 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR JAPAN STREET

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU REGISTER FOR THE NETWORKING MEETINGS FROM 5-20 SEPTEMBER

HOW TO REGISTER FOR JAPAN STREET - NETWORKING MEETINGS

HOW TO REGISTER FOR NETWORKING

In order to take part in facilitated meetings with Japanese companies through JETRO, you need to sign up for their business matching platform JapanStreet and to fill out the Buyer Schedule availability form. (All attached for download under the networking sessions)

HOW TO REGISTER FOR JAPAN STREET

IMPORTANT!

  • 27 July – 17 August – Content Selection Period
  • 04 August – All Japanese Companies Registered

 

In order to take part in facilitated meetings with Japanese companies through JETRO, you need to sign up for their business matching platform JapanStreet and to fill out the Buyer Schedule availability form. (All attached for download under the networking sessions)

Meeting Request Guideline:

How to select Japanese companies/products you would like to have a meeting with.

1Click on the link below

From the link, you can check out the list of currently registered Japanese Studios (More companies & licensing businesses are being recruited for the CCA Business Matching 2023.

URL: 【JAPAN STREET】- Specials – Film&TV (jetro.go.jp)

A specific hashtag that can be used in search will also be created for the event (TBC).

2Create an Account on JAPAN STREET

  • Click Create Account
  • Agree to Ts&Cs
  • Complete your company details and click Continue, & confirm details

3Log-in to JAPAN STREET

  • With your “E-mail” and “Password” you registered to JAPAN STREET.

4Search JAPAN STREET

    • Search related suppliers using the hashtag supplied (to be confirmed).
    • Or navigate to the Film & TV Category.

 

5Click on “Add” with Japanese products you are interested in

6Click on “Go to my favorite list”

7Check every Japanese product you would like to request meetings

*The number of business meetings that can be requested at one time is 20

8Click on “Request meetings for All checked products”

8-1Fill in and submit the form

1. Enter your E-mail.

2. Check “I have already told JETRO this meeting schedule.”

3. Please select English. – We will arrange an interpreter for the meetings.

4. Please select “Zoom” – The meeting tool used will be Zoom.

5. Please confirm the check box to give your consent to the process.

6. Click on Submit button.

7. If you select more than 20 products.

*You can only request meetings for  20 items at one time. If you select more than 20 items, please do the 3~7 process again for the additional products.

FILLING IN THE BUYER AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

All you need to do is fill in your company name at the top left, the name of the company you want to meet in the top right and then indicate how many meeting =s you would like with the company and indicate your availability
  1. Select the timeslots that suit you.
  2. Choosing more slots than necessary.
  3. Save the file and forward to: ruan_botha@jetro.go.jp

WATCH THE SEMINAR

09:00 SAT | 16:00 JST : WELCOME AND OPENING FROM CCA AND JETRO JOHANNESBURG

RENE STAACK

COMIC CON AFRICA

NAOFUMI MAKINO

JETRO HQ

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

A welcome message from the Comic Con Africa team and JETRO Johannesburg before we deep dive to the world of Japanese Anime and Manga content licensing and merchandising.

Once again thank you JETRO Johannesburg and JapanStreet for making the Japan Pop Culture Connect Seminar and Networking possible. 

This has enabled Comic Con Africa to bring Japan closer to you at Otaku Town in September.

ABOUT RENE STAACK

Rene Staack is the GM and Content Director on the Comic Con Africa team.

ABOUT NAOFUMI MAKINO

After graduating from Kyoto University and Liden University(LL.M.), he joined JETRO in 2003. Since then he has been assigned as researcher(WTO/FTA, EU), Director General of JETRO Warsaw, Senior Director for Global Strategy Europe at JETRO, and Chief Director of JETRO Kyoto. Since December 2021, he has been working for supporting overseas expansion of Japanese entertainment content business as Director of Digital Technology &Content at JETRO Tokyo. He passed Japanese bar exam in 2012.

09:10 SAT | 16:10 JST: KEYNOTE - The current situation of The Character Product Market in Japan

KAZUO RIKUKAWA

MD / CHARACTER BRANDING AND LICENSING ASSOCIATION

PRESIDENT / CHARACTER DATABANK Co.

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Get ready to gain unparalleled insights into the captivating world of anime and manga merchandise as Japan Pop Culture Connect proudly presents the keynote presentation on “The Current Situation of The Character Product Market in Japan.” Renowned industry expert, Mr. Kazuo Rikukawa, Managing Director/CBLA and President/CHARACTER DATABANK Co., will take the stage on 27 July to shed light on the dynamic landscape of character-based products in Japan.


As the demand for Japanese pop culture reaches new heights, businesses in South Africa seeking official anime and manga merchandise and content will find this session to be an invaluable resource. Mr. Rikukawa, a leading authority in the field, will delve into the latest market trends, consumer preferences, and emerging opportunities within the character product market in Japan.


Drawing from his extensive experience and expertise, Mr. Rikukawa will guide attendees through the licensing processes, best practices, and strategies for establishing fruitful partnerships with Japanese rights holders. This keynote presentation serves as a golden opportunity for South African entrepreneurs, retailers, and anime enthusiasts to understand the intricate workings of the Japanese character product market and explore the avenues for obtaining authentic merchandise and content for their ventures.


Japan Pop Culture Connect invites all enthusiasts of Japanese pop culture to join us on 27 July and be part of this enlightening session. Don’t miss the chance to connect with Mr. Kazuo Rikukawa and other key industry players, as we bridge the gap between South African businesses and Japanese rights holders, paving the way for a vibrant exchange of anime and manga treasures in South Africa. Secure your spot now and embark on a transformative journey into the captivating realm of anime merchandise!

ABOUT KAZUO RIKUKAWA

After serving as an editor for a journal specializing in advertisement and marketing, as well as a researcher for a marketing company, etc., Rikukawa became the executive general producer of CHARACTER DATABANK, Ltd. (CDB) (of which he is currently the president) in July 2000. In addition to overseeing CDB’s operations, Rikukawa also separately served as a commentator for TV programs, newspapers, magazines, etc., and was also involved in writing and lecture activities.

 

In July 2002, Rikukawa succeeded in attracting LIMA (International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association/Currently: Licensing International), the world’s largest licensing association, to Japan, and established the Japanese branch of LIMA.

 

Currently, Rikukawa serves as an advisor to other companies, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Content Business Institute Sanno Institute of Management, is a Executive director and Secretary general at Character Brand Licensing Association.

 

Books that Rikukawa has authored include “Zukai de wakaru kyarakutā māketingu (Character marketing as demonstrated through illustrations)” (co-author; published by the JMA Management Center), etc.

09:30 SAT | 16:30 JST: TALK: How to do business with Japan from a South African perspective

RIAAN LE ROUX

CHIEF DIRECTOR

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND COMPETITION (the dtic)

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

In this session, Riaan Le Roux from the dtic discusses various techniques for best doing business with Japan from a South Africans perspective.

TALKING POINTS

1. Trade relations: current deals with Japan and how SA businesses benefit

2. Trade requirements: requirements for benefits of trade agreements

3. Working with Japan: hours, etiquette and general tips for working with Japanese businesses

4. Import expedition: Things to consider before importing to make the process faster

 

ABOUT RIAAN LE ROUX

Riaan Le Roux is a The South African Economic Representative in Japan, and advisor to the dtic.

CHRISTIAAN J STEYN

DIRECTOR & IP ATTORNEY

STEYN IP

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

In this session, Christiaan Steyn from STEYN IP walks us through SA laws for copyright in South Africa, and gives the differences and distinctions between fan art and what may be considered copyright infringement. He will then describe what this means for local crafters and retailers who make fan fair goods and merchandise.

 

TALKING POINTS

 

1. Differences: Fan Art | Copyright

2. Distinctions: Fan Art | Copyright

3. Implementation: Crafters and traders

4. Implementation: Retailers and distributers

5. Implementation: Rights holders, agents and merchandisers

ABOUT CHRISTIAAN STEYN

Christiaan specialises in Intellectual Property Law, with specific expertise and interest in Trade Marks, Copyright and Domain Disputes, and founded STEYN IP, a specialist law firm dealing in these legal spheres, where he currently holds a position as Managing Director. He is also the Founder of a Non-Profit Organisation known as FAME.org.za (the Foundation for the Advancement of Musicians Empowerment), which is dedicated to support and uplift South African musicians.

 

Christiaan has further built his experience in these areas of law through his employment at various Intellectual Property Law Firms, as well as being part of the team responsible for the Trade Mark and Domain portfolios at Sasol Technology, and in holding a legal position in Intellectual Property at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) in the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s (CIPC) Trade Marks Office.

 

Christiaan obtained a LLB degree at North-West University, Potchefstroom, and is an admitted and practicing attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Christiaan is further involved in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa as a Senior Domain Dispute Adjudicator, as well as serving on the SAIIPL (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law) ADR and Copyright Committees, and on the IPIRA (previously AIPLITL) Communications Committee. Christiaan is also a member of WILL (Worldwide Independent Lawyers League).

 

Christiaan has great passion for Intellectual Property Law, specifically in the creative sector, and continuously strives to build his expertise and reputation in this field. He further aims to be among the leading professionals in Intellectual Property Law, as well as continue to be actively involved in the advance of legal innovations and Intellectual Property development in South Africa.

10:30 SAT | 17:30 JST: PANEL - The Real Value Of Official Merchandise

FARREL FRANK

MANAGING DIRECTOR | SATAGA

INDEPENDENT IP ATTORNEY

JACKIE CHOW

CO-FOUNDER | HOBBY ISLAND

SCOTT SAUNDERS

SENIOR ASSOCIATE: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY | EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND SA

FOUNDING MEMBER | SATAGA

RUAN BOTHA

PROJECT COORDINATOR | JETRO

STEFAN ROETS

PRODUCT MANAGER | SOLARPOP

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

In this session we, explore the real value of buying and selling official merchandise with some of the top brands and rights holders.

TALKING POINTS

1. Quality of product: product lifespam, durability
2. Community: acceptance, feeling part of something
3. Collector Value: Value of official merchandise VS fakes
4. Creative Support: supporting the studios and businesses that make the properties we love
5. Legal action: Selling fake merchandise
6. Brand reputation damage: retailers and rights holders

ABOUT FARREL FRANK

Farrel is an Intellectual Property Attorney, Anti- Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Specialist and the Managing Director of SATAGA.

 

He is an industry leader in Market Place Enforcement with 13 years of experience in the field of Anti-Counterfeiting. He acquired this experience working at the South Africa’s leading International Intellectual Property Law Firms throughout his career. 

 

He has a wealth of practical experience and has conducted thousands of successful search and seizure operations resulting in the seizure of millions of Dollars’ worth of counterfeit goods and the criminal and civil prosecution of offenders.

 

He has been actively involved in the training and up-skilling of Law Enforcement Agencies as well as State Prosecutors and Magistrates in regard to Anti-Counterfeiting in South Africa.

 

He has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most successful brands in the Luxury Goods, Sporting Goods, FMCG, Tobacco and Motor Industries. He has successfully assisted them in developing and implementing their Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection strategies as well as in the enforcement and protection of their Intellectual Property Rights in South Africa primarily. 

 

ABOUT JACKIE CHOW

Jackie Chow is the one and only official distributor for animation products manufactured by Bandai and Tamshii Nations in South Africa. Jackie collaborates with multiple global brands like Hot Toys, Sideshow, J&D studios, and over 10 others.

 

Her dream has always been to broaden the accessibility and the appeal of animation, games and manga for all people that enjoy the intriguing storylines and art of animation. Compelled by her dream, in 2017 Jackie Chow officially partnered up with Bandai Tamashii Nations at Tokyo’s head quarters and became South Africa’s first and only distributor of animation products produced and manufactured by Bandai Tamshii Nations. Jackie focuses on bring high end and genuine animation products for the South African animation fans.

ABOUT RUAN BOTHA

After qualifying as an attorney and a stint in Japan, Ruan’s career focus shifted from corporate to an industry with much more character – no pun intended. Ruan made his foray into character and brand licensing with BeFound Brands, managing iconic IPs like Einstein, Steve McQueen, and Ernest Hemingway. Since 2021, Ruan has been the project coordinator at JETRO where among other things, he takes charge of projects related to beloved Anime characters.

ABOUT SCOTT SAUNDERS

Scott Saunders is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property (“IP”) department at the international law firm, Eversheds Sutherland, where he heads up the Anti-Counterfeiting (“AC”) team. Scott is a highly regarded intellectual property lawyer with over eight years of experience in the field.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2016.

 

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Scott worked at the international IP law firm, Spoor & Fisher for 5 years (2017-22).  During his tenure there, he honed his skills in trademark and copyright law, emerging as specialist in brand protection, with a strong focus on combating counterfeiting.  Throughout his career, Scott has effectively represented clients from a diverse array of industries, including technology, luxury goods, sportswear, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and the toy industry.  Some notable clients he has successfully represented include the LEGO Group, Nike, adidas, Mattel, Gucci, Puma, FUNKO, and Sony (PlayStation), among many others. 

 

Scott is known for his deep understanding of IP law and his ability to find creative and effective solutions to complex legal issues.  He is highly sought after for his expertise in brand protection, and he has a proven track record navigating his clients through high-stakes IP litigation and negotiations.  

 

Having previously worked in advertising himself, Scott now assists many brands, agencies and industry organisations with their advertising and marketing related issues, like preparing promotional terms & conditions, drafting artist agreements, as well as advising on the Code of Advertising Practice and the Consumer Protection Act.

 

Beyond his practice, Scott is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events, where he imparts his knowledge and insights to industry professionals. His dedication to his field is also evident through his active involvement in various professional organizations. Notably, he contributes as a member of the Trademark Office Practice subcommittee for Africa and the Middle East within the International Trademark Association (INTA).  Additionally, Scott played a pivotal role in the establishment of the SA Toys and Games Association (SATAGA), an association dedicated to combating counterfeiting within the toys and games industry.

 

Scott’s passion for Asian culture originated during his residence in Shanghai, China, where he fostered enduring friendships with numerous Asian clients and colleagues. This experience, combined with his intermediate-level proficiency in Mandarin, has significantly contributed to his ability to understand and cater to the needs of his Asian clientele.  Scott is avid anime watcher and collector of figurines, with his favourite anime being Demon Slayer. 

 

Scott’s commitment to excellence and his unwavering dedication to his clients has earned him a reputation as one of the top brand protection lawyers in the country. He is respected by his peers, colleagues, and clients. 

 

ABOUT STEFAN ROETS

Stefan is an avid fan of tabletop games. Having started playing and collecting 24 years ago, he has been working full-time in the local industry for more than a decade with a keen interest in Trading Card Games.

11:15 SAT | 18:15 JST: REGISTER FOR NETWORKING 5-20 SEPTEMBER

HOW TO REGISTER FOR NETWORKING

In order to take part in facilitated meetings with Japanese companies through JETRO, you need to sign up for their business matching platform JapanStreet and to fill out the Buyer Schedule availability form. (All attached for download under the networking sessions)

HOW TO REGISTER FOR JAPAN STREET

IMPORTANT!

  • 27 July – 17 August – Content Selection Period
  • 04 August – All Japanese Companies Registered

 

In order to take part in facilitated meetings with Japanese companies through JETRO, you need to sign up for their business matching platform JapanStreet and to fill out the Buyer Schedule availability form. (All attached for download under the networking sessions)

Meeting Request Guideline:

How to select Japanese companies/products you would like to have a meeting with.

1Click on the link below

From the link, you can check out the list of currently registered Japanese Studios (More companies & licensing businesses are being recruited for the CCA Business Matching 2023.

URL: 【JAPAN STREET】- Specials – Film&TV (jetro.go.jp)

A specific hashtag that can be used in search will also be created for the event (TBC).

2Create an Account on JAPAN STREET

  • Click Create Account
  • Agree to Ts&Cs
  • Complete your company details and click Continue, & confirm details

3Log-in to JAPAN STREET

  • With your “E-mail” and “Password” you registered to JAPAN STREET.

4Search JAPAN STREET

    • Search related suppliers using the hashtag supplied (to be confirmed).
    • Or navigate to the Film & TV Category.

 

5Click on “Add” with Japanese products you are interested in

6Click on “Go to my favorite list”

7Check every Japanese product you would like to request meetings

*The number of business meetings that can be requested at one time is 20

8Click on “Request meetings for All checked products”

8-1Fill in and submit the form

1. Enter your E-mail.

2. Check “I have already told JETRO this meeting schedule.”

3. Please select English. – We will arrange an interpreter for the meetings.

4. Please select “Zoom” – The meeting tool used will be Zoom.

5. Please confirm the check box to give your consent to the process.

6. Click on Submit button.

7. If you select more than 20 products.

*You can only request meetings for  20 items at one time. If you select more than 20 items, please do the 3~7 process again for the additional products.

FILLING IN THE BUYER AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

All you need to do is fill in your company name at the top left, the name of the company you want to meet in the top right and then indicate how many meeting =s you would like with the company and indicate your availability
  1. Select the timeslots that suit you.
  2. Choosing more slots than necessary.
  3. Save the file and forward to: ruan_botha@jetro.go.jp

EAST MEETS THE STREETS

CONNECTING CULTURES

Step into the vibrant world of Otaku Town at Comic Con Africa! Immerse yourself in a thrilling fusion of anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Get ready for an electrifying experience as we bring you exclusive screenings of the latest and greatest anime series, transporting you to captivating worlds filled with epic battles and heartwarming tales.

Otaku Town Content Zone

Engage with acclaimed artists and creators through insightful interviews while gaining unique perspectives into their creative process. Other activities in this area include screenings, fan connect sessions, panels, and workshops!

Otaku Town Content Zone Programme

FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
09:00 - 09:15

DAY ONE K-TOWN

Welcome to K-Town - the ultimate hub for Korean entertainment, food, fashion, and culture at Comic Con Cape Town! This is your homebase to experience the Korean Wave, from K-Pop to movies, tech innovations, gaming, webtoons and more. Get ready to sing karaoke, learn the language, watch live performances, sample authentic cuisine, and immerse yourself in Korean pop culture all weekend long. Whether you're a seasoned fan or totally new to the Korean cultural phenomenon, K-Town will indulge your K-passions. Let's kick things off - welcome to the world of K-everything at Comic Con!

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
09:00 - 21:15

WELCOME TO DAY TWO K-TOWN

Welcome to K-Town - the ultimate hub for Korean entertainment, food, fashion, and culture at Comic Con Cape Town! This is your homebase to experience the Korean Wave, from K-Pop to movies, tech innovations, gaming, webtoons and more. Get ready to sing karaoke, learn the language, watch live performances, sample authentic cuisine, and immerse yourself in Korean pop culture all weekend long. Whether you're a seasoned fan or totally new to the Korean cultural phenomenon, K-Town will indulge your K-passions. Let's kick things off - welcome to the world of K-everything at Comic Con!

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
09:00 - 09:15

WELCOME TO DAY THREE K-TOWN

Welcome to K-Town - the ultimate hub for Korean entertainment, food, fashion, and culture at Comic Con Cape Town! This is your homebase to experience the Korean Wave, from K-Pop to movies, tech innovations, gaming, webtoons and more. Get ready to sing karaoke, learn the language, watch live performances, sample authentic cuisine, and immerse yourself in Korean pop culture all weekend long. Whether you're a seasoned fan or totally new to the Korean cultural phenomenon, K-Town will indulge your K-passions. Let's kick things off - welcome to the world of K-everything at Comic Con!

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
09:00 - 07:15

WELCOME TO DAY FOUR K-TOWN

Welcome to K-Town - the ultimate hub for Korean entertainment, food, fashion, and culture at Comic Con Cape Town! This is your homebase to experience the Korean Wave, from K-Pop to movies, tech innovations, gaming, webtoons and more. Get ready to sing karaoke, learn the language, watch live performances, sample authentic cuisine, and immerse yourself in Korean pop culture all weekend long. Whether you're a seasoned fan or totally new to the Korean cultural phenomenon, K-Town will indulge your K-passions. Let's kick things off - welcome to the world of K-everything at Comic Con!

Otaku Delights

Delight your taste buds with delectable cuisine inspired by Japan, while immersing yourself in cultural activities that celebrate the beauty and diversity of Japanese traditions. Prepare for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Otaku culture at Comic Con Africa’s Otaku Town!

Content Creators and Celebs

Comic Con Africa is excited to bring Japan-culture focused celebrities for you to meet and greet! In the 2023 iteration, we are welcoming Akidearest and The Anime Man – two of the biggest YouTubers with a focus on Otaku culture.

Photo ops

Don’t miss your chance to get exclusive photo ops with Japanese content creators, movie producers and characters throughout the four days of manga and anime otaku bliss

oTAKU TOWN PARTNERS