As if further evidence were needed that offshoring is no longer a pure blue collar phenomenon, the WSJ reports on the latest occupation to get hit:
Anime, Japan's stylized animation that has become hugely popular
around the world, helped
reshape the country's image as a cultural
trend-setter. But behind the scenes, things aren't so rosy.
Japan's animation industry is struggling. Anime workers are unhappy,
toiling long hours at low pay. Sales have been declining. On top of
that, there is fast-growing competition from across Asia ....
The Japanese government says it is trying to support the industry, with
plans to increase spending on education and training young animators
and allocating more funds toward film marketing. But nurturing
home-grown talent has become more difficult as Japanese companies
increasingly outsource anime drawing to studios in China, South Korea
and Vietnam, where labor costs are lower.