AFP teams up with Yomiuri Shimbun on Japan images

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Agence France-Presse (AFP) is teaming up with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japans largest newspaper, to bolster the supply of news pictures from Japan for publishers, AFP announced Tuesday.

The Yomiuri will feed a daily selection of its best photos into Imageforum, the AFP photo database, under terms of an agreement signed in Tokyo by AFPs global sales and marketing director, Olivier Lombardie, and Yomiuri photo director, Takaaki Umezaki.

"This agreement will supplement AFPs daily pictorial coverage of Japan," Lombardie said.

He added that the partnership was an important step in advancing AFPs strategy to make Imageforum a one-stop shop for pictures by giving AFP clients the widest possible selection of images.

Tamotsu Asami, Yomiuri's managing director and managing editor, said the pact would allow Yomiuri Shimbun to reach media organisations worldwide. The service will start on February 1 next year.

"This deal deepens the relationship between our two companies. We will supply Imageforum with high-quality news photographs to accurately portray the Japan of today," he said.

AFP's Imageforum has some 16 million AFP images and seven million more from 34 partner newspapers and specialised picture agencies. It is used by thousands of newspapers, magazines, websites, book publishers and others.

The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japans largest newspaper with a daily circulation of more than 10 million copies. It also publishes The Daily Yomiuri, an English-language newspaper.

© 2011 AFP

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