Yūta Momiyama predicts even split in 10 years between Japanese, overseas manga readership as machine translation technology improves
Shueisha editor Yūta Momiyama, who manages Weekly Shonen Jump‘s Shonen Jump+ and MANGA Plus online services, highlighted the current state of the MANGA Plus service in an interview with ITMedia earlier this month. He explained that the service currently has 5 million monthly active users, and that a new chapter for a popular series will get 1 million views.
As for comic sales, he said that his “gut” tells him that 10-20% of sales come from overseas. He predicts that in about 10 years, there will be an even split between overseas and domestic sales if a proper environment for selling manga digitally can be assembled.
Although the MANGA Plus service includes ads, he explained that the priority is making a manga’s official version as easily…