Disney Plus Coming to Japan Soon; Confirms Launch Date

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Disney Plus has been on the rise since the day it launched. With 50 million subscribers in five months, the streamer seems to be here to leave its mark. These numbers do not include those places where Disney Plus is yet to become available.

The Walt Disney Co. confirmed that Disney Plus will now finally be available in Japan from June 11. It will launch in Japan with the help of an exclusive partnership with local telecom giant NTT Docomo.

Japan is the world’s third-largest entertainment market, just after the US and China. Thus, the release of Disney Plus in Japan will count as a big step for the streaming giant.

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In general, Disney is a very big deal in Japan. It is home to Disney’s most-profitable theme part, Tokyo Disney Resort. It was Disney’s first theme park outside the US. Disney movies also consistently top the country’s Box Office records. In 2019, Aladdin was the biggest film in the country, raking in $112 million.

Japan’s addition to the list, after the US, Europe, India and Australia, will also provide Disney Plus more subscribers. The streamer, as of early May, boasts of a 54.5 million-strong paid subscriber base.

Disney Plus will be offered in Japan for close to $6.50 (JPY700) per month. People can choose to subscribe via Docomo’s retail and digital networks in the country. Furthermore, Docomo users can sign up on disneyplus.jp using their “d account.” Disney already has a subscription service in Japan named Disney Deluxe. Subscribers of the platform will automatically be upgraded to Disney Plus.

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“In APAC, Disney+ has successfully been launched in Australia and New Zealand, and recently in India with Disney+ Hotstar. We are thrilled to now bring the magic of Disney+ to our consumers in Japan, and to continue entertaining our loyal fans here with Disney’s heart-warming stories and beloved characters,” said Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company APAC.

“We are excited and honored to be able to launch Disney+ in Japan where we have a deep and long-standing relationship with consumers who have helped build our substantial legacy with their love and loyalty,” said Luke Kang, managing director of The Walt Disney Company in North Asia. “The Walt Disney Company’s beloved stories of hope, courage, and optimism have always resonated strongly with our fans in Japan, and Disney+ will only strengthen and magnify this engagement and resonance,” he added.

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In sync with other territories, Disney Plus in Japan will feature content from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. This means that the Japanese people will soon be able to stream The Mandalorian.

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