Netflix Announces Japan Launch Plans

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Netflix announced its plans to launch in Japan in the fall. This is part of the company's full global roll-out, which is planned to be be completed by the end of next year.

“With its rich culture and celebrated creative traditions, Japan is a critical component of our plan to connect people around the world to stories they love,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. “As we expand into Asia, we’re excited Netflix members increasingly will have access to some of their favorite movies and TV shows no matter where they are.”

The company will open a regional office in Tokyo soon to "facilitate close partnerships with consumer electronics makers and to work with Japanese film and TV creators." Gregory K. Peters, the company's chief streaming and partnerships officer has been promoted to GM of Netflix Japan.

“It is an honor to bring Netflix to Japan, and we'’ll work hard to please consumers there,” said Peters. “People in Japan soon will have access to great entertainment from all over the world for a low monthly price, while our more than 57 million members will benefit from increased access to great Japanese films and TV shows.”

At launch, Netflix will be available in Japan on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers, game consoles, and set-top boxes. More details on pricing, content, and exact devices will be announced later.

In 2014, Netflix launched in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium. Next month, it’ll launch in Australia and New Zealand.

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