Shinji Sakoda has been appointed general manager for international sales at Pony Canyon and will also take charge of business affairs.

Sakoda replaces Shuji Sato and will step out in his new role in the acquisitions team at Hong Kong's Filmart followed by Cannes.

Ryutaro Ueda will take over Sakoda's former role as general manager of Pony Canyon's motion picture department.

Sakoda previously oversaw international sales at Pony Canyon international sales from 1995 to 2004.