Recruit Co., Ltd. Announces an iPhone App That Allows You to Enjoy Young Manga Artists

Aug 30th 2010
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The experimental research department that is the Media Technology Lab at Recruit Co., Ltd. has developed an iPhone App that display the works of young Japanese manga artists in English, Manga from Japan. The app was released on August 16th 2010. Manga from Japan is available here: http://mtl.recruit.co.jp/sandbox/MFJ_web/.

* What is Manga from Japan About?


Manga from Japan is an iPhone App that lets users get a feel for the Japan of right now, through the works of young manga artists, in English. These works capture the now of people living in Japan, in the everyday moments of their lives, their laughter, their friendships, their connections, and transmits all of that across the world.



*This app is available at the US iPhone App Store.



* Key Features of "Manga from Japan"




- Enjoy manga on your iPhone with music.




Enjoy the works of young manga artists while listening to music especially chosen for them on your iPhone.




- Leave Twitter feedback for the artists.




You can send your comments on the manga to the artists, using Twitter.



* Installment One: Introducing the Artist




Our first installment, In the Drawer, is a warm and soft fantasy work by Kaori Tsurutani (winner of the Tetsuya Chiba Prize).




- A Summary of In the Drawer



There's a beautiful glass button that young Saemi has taken from her older sister's box of treasures. That button takes on a life of its own, endowed with all of Saemi's secrets, among all of the things that are hidden within Saemi's drawer. It's a heart-warming tale that brings to life all the small things in our lives that we easily overlook.


- Artist's Profile



She was born in 1982 in Toyama Prefecture and currently resides in Tokyo. In 2007, she was awarded the Second Level Prize in the General Division for the 52nd Annual Tetsuya Chiba Prize for her work, The Big Kitchen.


- The Tetsuya Chiba Prize




A prize for new manga artists appearing in the publications, Shukan Young Magazine and Morning. A great number of talented manga artists are active primarily in magazines for young people and general readership magazines.



* See In the Drawer in Manga from Japan


http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mangafromjapan/id386122817



About Media Technology Labs (MTL)



Manga from Japan is a production of the experimental research arm of Recruit Co., Ltd., Media Technology Labs.



Media Technology Labs aims to realize an abundant information society where people are able to easily and appropriately exchange information as a result of the research and development into new forms of media and communication based on the wealth of experience in media and technology built up by Recruit.



To learn more about Recruit's Media Technology Labs, visit:




http://mtl.recruit.co.jp/



For more on the main activities of Recruit's Media Technology Labs, visit:




http://mtl.recruit.co.jp/sandbox/



Manga from Japan is available from here:




http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mangafromjapan/id386122817



For more on Recruit, visit:




http://www.recruit.jp/corporate/english/index.html



For inquiries on this release, please visit:




http://www.recruit.jp/corporate/english/support/index.html


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