VIZ Lays Off Employees in Restructuring

VIZ Media laid off an unspecified number of employees last week as it restructured to face current economic conditions.

‘VIZ Media is in the process of refining its focus and is restructuring to adjust to changing industry and financial market realities. VIZ feels confident that with these changes, the company will be more streamlined to face the current economic climate,’ the company’s CEO, Hidemi Fukuhara, said in a statement to Anime News Network.

VIZ, based in San Francisco, is North America’s largest publisher of anime and manga titles from Japan, including such hits as compilation periodical Shonen Jump, Naruto, Pok’mon, Dragon Ball and Bleach.