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Anime Heroes and Manga could RESCUE Japan Economy
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Posted 4/10/09 , edited 4/10/09
TOKYO (AFP) - - Japan's manga and anime heroes could come to the rescue of the recession-hit economy, Prime Minister Taro Aso, an avid fan of the country's cartoons, said in a speech Thursday, April 09, 2009.

"The word 'manga' has entered the global lexicon... Japan has materials that attract consumers around the world such as animation, games, fashion -- so-called 'Japan Cool'," the conservative premier told a press conference.
As the world's number two economy is struggling with its deepest post-war recession, Aso said the government could facilitate overseas exports of manga, video games, fashion and other "soft power" cultural products.


"Many Japan-based fashion magazines enjoy top-level popularity" in the Chinese market, said the 68-year-old premier.

"By linking the popularity of Japan's 'soft power' with business, we wish to grow it into a major industry worth 20-30 trillion yen (200-300 billion dollars) and create 500,000 new jobs by 2020," he said in a speech.

Known for his sometimes gruff manner, Aso has sought to soften his image in recent years by casting himself as a Japanese "otaku" -- someone whose hobby borders on obsession -- by praising manga.




Young men walk past advertisements for comic books and compact discs on the street in Tokyo. Japan's manga and anime heroes could come to the rescue of the recession-hit economy, Prime Minister Taro Aso, an avid fan of the country's cartoons, said in a speech Thursday.
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Posted 4/10/09
I think that is possible since Anime & manga have grown in popularity,
and consumers are increasing due to the good quality for these two.
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Posted 4/10/09
minna, can't imagine the Prime Minister himself is like us.. a fanatic of anime and manga. amazing

i hope everyone will support his proposal
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Posted 4/10/09
Well if he thinks that anime and manga can save Japan's economy then thats something that they should seriously be working on. Especially if they address a wide variety of fans. If he's saying that it will save them, is he actually promoting the increase in manga and anime creators considering the fact that many of them work for low pay? I can't see that being fair to the author/artists especially if along with their low pay they also get the honor of being a supporting saviour of Japan's economy. But then again I guess there's the fame and recognition for creating well liked and covetable entertainments.
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The local prefectural police report that 420,000 people visited the Washinomiya shrine, one of the real-life locale inspirations for the Lucky Star manga and anime series, during the first three days of the year. That was an increase of 120,000 over even the previous year's estimated high mark. Otaku have been flocking to the Tokyo area's oldest shrine since the 2007 Lucky Star anime featured Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi — twin sister characters who supposedly work at the shrine as miko (shrine maidens).

Many Japanese visit a local shrine or temple during the New Year's break in a tradition called hatsumōde. Washinomiya became the #2 most visited shrine or temple in the metropolitan Tokyo's Kanto area for hatsumōde. Only the larger Ōmiya Hikawa Shrine, with its 2.05 million visitors, had more attendance. In all, 4.43 million people visited the main shrines and temples in Kanto, an increase of 410,000 over last year's previous record high.

Source: Sankei News
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Posted 4/12/09
for real?!
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Posted 4/12/09 , edited 4/12/09
I want to see the Dirty Old Man's comment when he hears about this... Japan's industry CAN survive without the help of foreign investors like Americans as I stated months before.
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Hmm... i don't believe him being an otaku and what not
he's just saying that to attract the masses, he's humbling himself down to try improve his image like how other politicians do


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