- Japan’s Disney fans can stream timeless animated classics to breakout originals, such as The Mandalorian and more, this June.
Disney+ brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s past, present, and future storytelling to Japan on June 11. The highly anticipated streamer will operate in exclusive partnership with phone and cable group NTT DoCoMo. The monthly subscription is expected to be priced at JPY700, US $6.49 per month.
“We have a deep and long-standing relationship with [Japanese] consumers who have helped build our substantial legacy with their love and loyalty. The Walt Disney Company’s beloved stories of hope, courage and optimism have always resonated strongly with our fans in Japan, and Disney Plus will only strengthen and magnify this engagement and resonance,” said Luke Kang, managing director of The Walt Disney Company, North Asia.
At launch, fans will be able to access Disney Plus’s exclusive catalog that includes the acclaimed Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, and over 500 feature films and series, Disney Plus Originals, The Simpsons, and titles from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. For subscribers who hold a subscription to Disney Deluxe, an unrelated platform to Disney Plus may upgrade to Disney Plus at no additional cost. Disney Deluxe is a Disney entertainment service launched in March 2019 by Disney Japan and NTT DoCoMo.
Since the streamer launched last year, only six countries have been able to access the exclusive content, including the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. It joins Netflix, the pioneer of streaming video-on-demand, along with the growing list of streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, and more. As of April 2020, Disney+ reported surpassing over 50 million subscribers, which measures only a third of Netflix’s current users. The streamer continues to roll out in Europe and recently launched in India in alliance with Hotstar streaming, a Disney acquired business with Twentieth Century Fox.
The Walt Disney Company also operates Tokyo Disney theme parks in Japan, which is currently closed due to government restrictions in place due to the novel coronavirus.