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Japan's anime studios fall victim to coronavirus disruptions

'Pokemon' and 'Sazae-san' are delayed as animators and voice artists work from home

Perenially popular show "Sazae-san," which has been on the air since 1969, has been put on hiatus for the first time since 1975 because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on production.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's anime industry has been plagued for years by adverse conditions: long hours in cramped studios, razor-thin profit margins, domestic labor shortages and a reliance on public fan gatherings and box office sales.

But since the government declared a national state of emergency for Tokyo and other cities on April 16 in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, urging citizens to work from home, those adversities have anime producers scrambling for new business models.

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