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Japan Teaches about Jury Duty with School Romance Anime

posted on 2009-05-22 05:09 EDT
High school story with Conan's Takayama used to discuss historic system change

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Japanese government has commissioned a 22-minute anime video called "Bokura no Saibanin Monogatari" (Our Jury Story) to teach its citizens about the re-introduced jury system. In July, Japan will implement jury trials for the first time in six decades, so most Japanese have never experienced jury duty. The anime uses a high school boy's one-sided infatuation for a classmate as an unusual segue to discuss the jury system.

Omnibus Japan and Tomason produced the animation in collaboration with Group TAC and Studio Cj. Veteran voice actress Minami Takayama (Detective Conan's Conan, Kiki's Delivery Service's Kiki and Ursula) plays the lovestruck boy Shōta alongside fellow cast members Yuki Tashiro, Daisuke Sakaguchi (Clannad's Youhei Sunohara), and Akeno Watanabe (To Love-Ru's Rito Yūki).

The Japanese-language video is available from the government's website (in broadband or narrowband) or via three user-submitted YouTube streams.

Source: Danny Choo


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