Cool Japan Initiative Seeks to Build "National Manga Center"

Japanese government hopes to build anime & manga museum in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government is looking to construct the "National Manga Center" - a museum dedicated to Japanese pop culture such as manga, anime and video games - as part of the Cool Japan initiative. The project aims to construct the museum in time to capitalize on the projected surge in domestic and international tourism from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.



A bipartisan group composed of members of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan (among others) and led by chairman Keiji Furuya is working with the Japanese government to develop the museum, whose initial construction and upkeep costs are estimated at approximately 10 billion yen (about $89.4 million US) using a mixture of private and public funds.



The "National Manga Center" would serve as branch of the National Diet Library. In additional to preserving and curating examples of anime, manga, and Japanese video games as cultural artifacts, there are also plans to use facilities at the "National Manga Center" to teach classes to a new generation of aspiring pop culture artists.



Presently, there is no word on whether or not super-powered librarians will be employed at the "National Manga Center".



Yomiuri Online via Otakomu

Chicago Tribune


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