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Kabuki producer starts online streaming for foreign fans

Shochiku tries to boost poor revenue while injecting age-old art with manga

Titles include "Sagi Musume" (Heron Maiden), the classic dance story performed by Tamasaburo Bando, widely regarded as Kabuki's greatest performer of female roles.   © Naotake Fukuda

TOKYO -- Entertainment company Shochiku has launched a Kabuki video streaming service targeting audiences outside Japan in a bid to expand its overseas fan base for the traditional Japanese performing art and lure foreign tourists to Kabuki theaters in the country.

Shochiku's Kabuki On Demand stream offers three famous plays for audiences in Taiwan, Australia, the U.S., Canada, Britain, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Launched in November, the streaming service is partly aimed at preventing proliferation of illegally uploaded Kabuki videos.

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