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BrianRuh



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:37 am Reply with quote
If anyone's interested, the report by the Japan Forum on International Relations on which the AFP article was based is in English here:
http://www.jfir.or.jp/​e/​pr_e/​e-​jf-​pr-​25/​pr25e.​pdf
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Tenchi



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:47 am Reply with quote
He should show up randomly in Japanese cartoons playing himself wearing a James Bond rocket pack, just like that pointless cameo by Tony Blair on the awful, unfunny Britain episode of The Simpsons from last season.
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tropical_kit



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:54 am Reply with quote
Well, that report is a little dry, although the bit about the "New Middle Ages" will certainly give me nightmares...

But seriously, the government must be floundering and rudderless to want to adopt the dual strategies of navel-gazing ("...gaining a fuller understanding and awareness of its own country and culture.") and propaganda via anime and manga. Yikes.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:56 am Reply with quote
Kind of ironic since another government agency doing a study on "cultural exports" found anime and manga to have little to no cultural value.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:10 pm Reply with quote
Actually the Forum is an NGO that makes recommendations to the government.

http://www.jfir.or.jp/​e/​about_us_e/​index.​htm
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tropical_kit



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:18 pm Reply with quote
Cowpunk wrote:
Actually the Forum is an NGO that makes recommendations to the government.

http://www.jfir.or.jp/​e/​about_us_e/​index.​htm


Oh, so it's like a "team" from Dilbert. Well, that makes more sense, I guess. Mea culpa.
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v1cious



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:36 pm Reply with quote
you know the economy is in the toilet when almost all your income is coming from foreigners.

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tropical_kit



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:43 pm Reply with quote
v1cious wrote:
you know the economy is in the toilet when almost all your income is coming from foreigners.


Yes, and according to a story in a recent issue of the WSJ, Japan's savings rate is way down, too.
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ShellBullet



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:29 pm Reply with quote
v1cious wrote:
you know the economy is in the toilet when almost all your income is coming from foreigners.


Absurd, the real sign of a weak economy is when no foreigners want to buy your product, then your economy shrivels like an old tomato.
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Joe Mello



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:51 pm Reply with quote
v1cious wrote:
you know the economy is in the toilet when almost all your income is coming from foreigners.


It's not our fault when a nation is told to buy buy buy and not actually save any of it.

(Prizes bring true happiness)
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Red Recluse



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:41 pm Reply with quote
Stueypark wrote:
Kind of ironic since another government agency doing a study on "cultural exports" found anime and manga to have little to no cultural value.

What exactly did they define "cultural value" as, then? I'm certainly no expert, but seeing as anime and manga were birthed by Japanese culture, wouldn't they have some sort of cultural value?
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Red Recluse



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:48 pm Reply with quote
Stueypark wrote:
Kind of ironic since another government agency doing a study on "cultural exports" found anime and manga to have little to no cultural value.

What exactly did they define "cultural value" as, then? I'm certainly no expert, but seeing as anime and manga were birthed by Japanese culture, wouldn't they have some sort of cultural value?
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ShellBullet



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:28 pm Reply with quote
Red Recluse wrote:
Stueypark wrote:
Kind of ironic since another government agency doing a study on "cultural exports" found anime and manga to have little to no cultural value.

What exactly did they define "cultural value" as, then? I'm certainly no expert, but seeing as anime and manga were birthed by Japanese culture, wouldn't they have some sort of cultural value?


Many anime are set either in space or some fantastical kingdom, and even the ones that are set in Japan are not always very realistic. That was the major gripe of the above mentioned report. By watching such shows no one is seeing a particularly realistic picture of what Japanese life is like.
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Red Recluse



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:47 am Reply with quote
True, true. This may be a bit trivial, but my first run-ins with anime and manga made me want to learn about the culture that sustained these forms of art. Many others would say the same, no doubt; but like I said, this might be a little trivial. (So why am I posting this? Confused )
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 9:22 am Reply with quote
Anime and manga is no different than electronic gadgetry, or cars, or cameras. If there is an overseas market that wants it why not flog it to them? All nations do this in principal.
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