Amazon to Launch Prime Instant Video in Japan, Taking on Netflix next month will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan — adding the streaming service for no extra cost to members of the free-shipping program — in a challenge to Netflix, set to launch Sept. 2 in the country.
In Japan, Amazon Prime Instant Video will include popular Japanese and U.S. dramas, variety shows, anime, movies and more, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. The content also will include Amazon Studios’ original series such as “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Tumble Leaf.”
Amazon currently offers unlimited streaming-video to Prime members in three countries: the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.
Jasper Cheung, president of Amazon Japan, said in a statement. “We’ve been offering videos and DVDs in Japan for 15 years — we know the entertainment customers want — and we plan to deliver it with Prime Video, all at no additional cost.”

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