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Japan Basketball Association Awards Slam Dunk's Inoue

posted on 2010-06-09 09:43 EDT
Takehiko Inoue gets commendation for popularizing sport, starting scholarship

The Japan Basketball Association's board of directors revealed during its Wednesday meeting that it is awarding Slam Dunk manga creator Takehiko Inoue with a special commendation. The award is part of the association's 80th anniversary celebration.

The special commendation recognizes Inoue's contribution to the growing popularity of the basketball in Japan, as well as the Slam Dunk Scholarship that he established in collaboration with his publisher Shueisha. Since 2007, the scholarship has been sending Japan's top high school players to study abroad in America, where they study English and prepare to possibly play basketball in America's National Collegiate Athletic Association.

In addition to the high school basketball manga Slam Dunk, Inoue also created the wheelchair basketball manga Real and the samurai manga Vagabond. Viz publishes these titles in North America.

Source: Sports Hochi


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