Today on November 3, Japanese Government announced 4,079 Japanese citizens and 135 foreigners who will receive awards under the 2018 Autumn Conferment of Decorations for their achievements in various fields. 87-year-old Koichi Sugiyama, internationally known as the music composer for the popular video game series Dragon Quest, is one of the 1,891 civilians. Hit the jump for more details.
Today on November 2, the Japanese government's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the 797 recipients of the 2018 Autumn Conferment of Decorations, including 59-year-old anime director Keiichi Hara. He is best known for his directorial works for the Crayon Shin-chan TV anime and film series based on the late Yoshito Usui's comedy manga of the same name. Hit the jump for more details.
On May 12, the project team of the Liberal Democratic Party's Special Mission Committee on the Cool Japan strategy decided on a policy to promote the construction of new national facilities that collect and preserve manga and anime's original drawings by development of the related laws. Hit the jump for more details.
As previously reported, 46-year-old Japanese rock singer Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) joined the Anime Japan 2017 event to attend his inauguration ceremony as councillor for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project on March 26. Check out the report and photos from the event after the jump.
Love Kome -We Love Rice-, the upcoming original TV anime series featuring five personifications of popular Japanese rice brands, has announced a tie-up with Japanese Government's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. But there was one condition that the anime had to accept. Hit the jump for more story.
Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy Committee announced today that 46-year-old Japanese rock singer Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) will be appointed as the Councillor for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project at the upcoming Anime Japan 2017 event. The project was launched in July 2014 as the first cross-industry anti-piracy measures for manga and anime. Hit the jump for more details.
On March 8, Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs announced 18 recipients of the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts for the year 2016, including anime film director Sunao Katabuchi (In This Corner of The World) and Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla). Hit the jump for more details.
Yomiuri reported on Sunday that the Japanese Government's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will begin monitoring the internet by a specialist to strengthen measures against illegally copied and uploaded anime and films from the beginning of this week. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs announced the recipients of the 66th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts. 48-year-old Eri Yamazaki, the author of the internationally popular manga series Thermae Romae, received the New Face Award in the media art category. Hit the jump for more details.
The Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) today published a press release about their booth and exhibits for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project at the upcoming Anime Japan 2015 event. It reports a part of the result of the project's anti-manga/anime piracy operation since last August. Hit the jump for more.
Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs announced the recipients of the 65th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts. 40-year-old Masashi Kishimoto, the author of the internationally popular manga series Naruto, received the New Face Award in the media art category. Hit the jump for more details.
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.