Manga and Anime Heroes could RESCUE Japan Economy
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Posted 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
Coolio....that's actually a very good idea, given the number of people who enjoy Japanese manga, anime, fashion, etc, etc.....
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Posted 4/10/09
Minna, it's overwhelming to know that the Prime Minister himself is an avid fan of anime and manga...

sugoi ....
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Good to hear that Japan acknowledges the power of their popculture^^ It was time since Western countries already make money of it - just look at the increasing amount of magazines, labels, companies, publishers...etc that import manga, music and other popculture stuff...
It is indeed a huge business that seems to blossom from year to year...I'm from Hungary and manga/anime was pretty unknown or ignored a few years ago but now we have manga publishers and even an anime channel So I'm quiet surprised that I don't neccessarly have to explain to ppl what manga and anime are XD
I also think if Japan will work on a market acces to the West with it's "soft power" the opposite will become easier too - I mean western manga artists and the so-called global mangas could actually reach Japan less problematic...

Though if Japan overdoes this I'm afraid being an 'otaku' will become a trend and the thing they call 'Japan Cool' gets the same bad judgement as EMO or SCENE kids...It is especially true for music...I've already heard of girls who only listen to Japanese music, 'cause the bandmembers are 'cute'... Such ppl make lifestyles and subcultures to trends which is a very sad thing...
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Posted 4/12/09
what their electronics not selling?
maybe its samsung and LG stealing
all the sales from sony & panasonic
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Posted 4/12/09
Everyone's in economic crisis. Good thing Japan still has something selling.
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Posted 4/12/09
i wish our president's like that...
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Posted 4/13/09

kim814 wrote:

i wish our president's like that...


who doesn't wish?
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