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Kakao Japan ramps up manga content via smartphone app

Young artists get boost with simultaneous streaming in Japan, China, South Korea

Kakao Japan's "Piccoma" streaming service will offer manga-based anime and dramas. The service targets viewers who watch videos on smartphones in short bursts, such as before going to bed or while waiting for trains.

TOKYO -- Kakao Japan is turning a new page in its nearly seven-year history by strengthening businesses related to its rapidly growing "Piccoma" digital comics service.

Kakao Japan, a subsidiary of major South Korean internet company Kakao, was established in July 2011. The Tokyo-based company currently offers many digital comics through its Piccoma manga app for smartphones.

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