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News Poll: Miyazaki is #2 in Representing Japan's Culture
posted on 2007-11-06 17:16 EST
The survey firm Oricon marked Japan's Culture Day on November 3 by reporting a questionnaire asking which cultural figure represents Japan. Director and media personality Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale's Kitano, Zatōichi's title role, Takeshi's Castle/Spike TV's MXC) garnered 350 votes for #1. Studio Ghibli's co-founder and anime director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) placed second with 56 votes. Oricon, the company behind Japan's major music sales charts, polled a 2,000-person online panel, evenly divided between five age groups (middle/high schoolers, vocational school/college students, workers in their 20s, workers in their 30s, and workers in their 40s) and both genders. Thanks, enjin2000.