Japanese manga website Comic C’moA (pronounced “C-moa”) plans to expand overseas. In Japan, the website is the largest for selling e-books and manga.
Masaki Moribayashi, president of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West (NTT West), the parent company of Comic C’MOA, NTT Solmare, announced the expansion plans at a press conference.
Niche Market for Japanese Manga Websites
While the digital book market is dominated by Amazon and other IT giants, Moribayashi sees manga as a business opportunity and niche for the Japanese manga website due to its worldwide popularity.
The e-book site primarily deals with comics, but also offers limited-time rentals and free manga titles. In recent years, Housekeeper Nagisa-san and other works specifically for the comic C’MOA have been adapted as TV series.
Moribayashi, who took over as president of NTT West on June 17, has been in the overseas business for several years. Most recently he was vice president of NTT in London, which is responsible for the telecommunications business overseas.
Japanese comics are also very popular in Europe
“Japanese comics are also very popular in Europe,” says Morbayashi. “I think overseas expansion into a much larger region, including Europe and Asia, is promising.”
The president said the company has no concrete plans on when to start expanding the manga website, but wants to start processing contracts and other business matters by the end of March next year.