In "SOFT POWER, HARD TRUTHS / Manga magnate aims to redraw San Francisco," Yomiuri Shimbun talks to Seiji Horibuchi, founder of Viz Media:
In the audience that evening was Seiji Horibuchi, the pioneering founder of Viz Media, one of the first and largest Japanese entertainment companies to take root in American soil. Horibuchi moved to the Bay Area more than 30 years ago. He founded Viz in 1986. Two years ago, he launched Viz Pictures, a spin-off that focuses on releasing live-action features to complement the mountains of manga, anime, toys and related merchandise the parent company already handles.