The initial meeting of the Japanese Parliamentary Association for manga, anime, and games was held yesterday on November 18. Famous manga/anime creators including Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe), Hideaki Anno (Evangelion), and Ken Akamatsu (Negima!) were also there to explain the current status of the industry. Hit the jump for more details.
Today on November 3, the Japanese government's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the recipients of the 2014 Autumn Conferment of Decorations. 64-year-old manga artist Keiko Takemiya is chosen as one of the 14 recipients of the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese government's M.A.G. (Manga-Anime Guardians) Project has launched a new promotional campaign called "Join Us, Friends." Every time the campaign site gets its "join" button pushed 50,000 or 100,000 times, a new popular anime/manga character will be added to the main illustration. Hit the jump for more details.
Public Security Intelligence Agency, which serves as Japan's primary counterintelligence/counterterrorism organization, has released this year's recruitment pamphlet on its official website. Unlike the previous years, it features two anime-style characters for the first time. Check them after the jump.
The Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs announced on March 13 the recipients of the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts for the year 2013. 34-year-old popular anime voice actress/singer Nana Mizuki is one of the 11 winners of the new face award. More information after the jump.
The Japanese Government's Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications launched its official ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Twitter account on January 28, then revealed its original moe mascot characters two weeks later on February 10. Check the visuals after the jump.
Motohisa Furukawa, Minister of the Cabinet Secretariat's National Policy Unit, presented letters of appreciation to 63 internationally active Japanese individuals at Foreign Press Center in Tokyo on September 18. One of the receivers was multi award-winning anime director Makoto Shinkai. Check the video of the ceremony conducted in English after the jump!