DoCoMo just announced that they will provide popular Japanese manga content for Europe with offerings via Bouygues Telecom becoming available as of today. The initial library of translated titles, including; NARUTO, DRAGON BALL and DEATH NOTE all published by SHUEISHA Inc., will be accessible under the the MANGA MODE section of the carriers mobile portal along with a dedicated reader.
According to the press release DoCOMo will continue to pursue opportunities in other countries.
DOCOMO’s Dutch subsidiary, originally set up as DOCOMO i-mode Europe B.V. to promote the overseas expansion of DOCOMO’s mobile Internet platform, was renamed DOCOMO Netherlands B.V. on June 1 to reflect its involvement with a broadening scope of services.
All things considered, this is a no-brainer by both content type and local telco partner. It will be interesting to see what other contents and services, let alone markets, big D has targeted for overseas. Interesting timing considering news on the upcoming Japan Expo in Paris.. details via: MOFA.