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Japan Plans 147M Yen to Spread Anime, Manga in Europe

posted on by Egan Loo
30 Japanese teachers to go to Eastern Europe to spread pop culture

The Japanese government has decided on December 21 and 22 to allocate 147 million yen (about US$1.3 million) to spread anime, manga, and other elements of Japanese popular culture in Eastern Europe. The decision was made during cabinet-level discussions between Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukuaga and the other ministers on the 2008 budget. Although the "Program to Spread Japanese Culture" will ostensibly send 30 people to teach Japanese in Hungary and three other countries, its main purpose is to introduce Japanese popular culture. Anime and manga are specifically named as the aspects of Japanese culture that the program will introduce. The 147 million yen is part of the remaining 50 billion yen (US$400 million) that needed to be allocated before the December 24 Cabinet meeting that will actually approve the overall budget plan.

Source: Nikkan Sports, Asahi Shimbun

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